Baseball: Bradley Zimmer’s Homer Stands Up As USF Dons Drop Cal Golden Bears, 1-0


Bradley Zimmer belted a leadoff homer to right field in the sixth inning and the USF Dons made it stand up as they improved to 2-0 at the Cal Baseball Classic with a 1-0 win over the Cal Golden Bears Saturday night at Evans Diamond.

USF (7-6) beat Arkansas on Friday and allowed just one run in their two games.

Christian Cecilio (2-2) blanked the Golden Bears (8-5) for 7.1 innings on six hits while striking out seven. Ben Graff walked a man while getting the final two outs in the eighth and Houston Hibberd worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.

Alex Martinez (0-1) only made one mistake, but that was enough to send Cal to its third straight loss. Martinez allowed a run on six hits and two walks, striking out three in 5.1 innings. Trevor Hildenberger retired all five batters he faced, one via strikeout, and Keaton Siomkin pitched two perfect innings, striking out two.

The Golden Bears got a runner to third in the second inning, stringing together back-to-back hits by Nick Halamandaris and Chris Paul, with the runners moving up on a groundout. But Mitchell Kranson popped up in foul territory on the left side to end the threat.

The Bears didn’t get another baserunner until the seventh. Derek Campbell and Paul singled, but were stranded when Robbie Tenerowicz was retired on a comebacker to Cecilio.

Cal’s last, best chance came in the eighth. Pinch-hitter John Soteropulos beat out an infield single to lead off the inning. Pinch-runner Aaron Knapp moved up to second on a sacrifice by Mike Reuvekamp and moved to third when Devin Pearson singled to right center.

That ended the day for Cecilio. Graff came on and after Pearson stole second, Vince Bruno walked to load the bases.

Devon Rodriguez hit a comebacker to Graff, though, to start a 1-2-3 double play and Cal remained off the scoreboard.

Paul had two of the Golden Bears’ six hits, while Zimmer was 2-for-4 with his big fly for the Dons.

In Saturday’s other game at the Cal Baseball Classic, Arkansas handed Tulane a 4-0 loss.

The event concludes Sunday with a doubleheader between the Razorbacks and Golden Bears that begins at 1 p.m.

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