Cal Baseball: Bears Beat USF for 5th Straight Win

Cal second baseman Darren Baker had two hits and two RBIs and also stole homePhoto by Al Sermano/KLC Fotos

Cal is 17-4 over its last 21 games heading into series against No. 2 Stanford

Cal won its fifth straight game as it pounded out 16 hits in a 10-5 nonconference victory over San Francisco on the Dons' home field on Tuesday.

Sam Wezniak went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Cameron Eden was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Cole Elvis added a two-run homer as Cal improved to 17-4 over its last 21 games. Quentin Selma added two hits for the Bears, while Andrew Vaughan was 1-for-3 with two walks. Darren Baker had two hits, knocked in two runs and also stole home for the Bears' seventh run.

The Bears begin a key three-game series against No. 2-ranked Stanford on Friday in Berkeley. At the moment, Cal is in good position to land a postseason berth, but the games against the Cardinal will be pivotal in that regard.

Cal (28-15) defeated USF 10-7 in Berkeley on March 19, and beat the Dons (27-22) again in San Francisco.

The Bears jumped on top by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Korey Lee knocked in the first run with a double,
Baker added a two-run single, and Wezniak finished off the rally with a run-scoring single.

All four of the runs were charged to USF starter Julian Washburn, who pitched just one inning and suffered his first loss of the season, slipping to 8-1.

USF closed the gap to 4-3, but the Bears scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth to stay ahead, and Elvis added his two-run homer in the ninth to ;provide breathing room.

Grant Holman pitched the first two innings for Cal without giving up a run, and he picked up the win to even his revord at 3-3.