FRISCO — Cal came into Friday’s game as one of the hottest-hitting baseball team in the country.
It left the game with that reputation still intact.
Baylor’s Cody Bradford couldn’t slam the brakes on Cal’s free-wheeling bats, as the Golden Bears took down the Bears, 8-2, in the opener of the Frisco College Classic at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Cal (6-2) put Baylor in the rear-view with a five-run second inning, and the Bears (3-4) weren’t able to recover.
“We did not play great baseball today, and it needs to get better for the rest of the weekend,” Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez said. “The California hitters did a good job of making (Bradford) work, capitalizing on mistakes and doing what they’re supposed to do in offensive counts. We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”
Cal belted Bradford (1-1) for four hits in that second inning, all of which drove home runs. Korey Lee had an RBI double, Cameron Eden and Darren Baker both tagged RBI singles, and Tanner Dodson struck the biggest blow with a two-run single.
Bradford ended up giving up eight hits and six runs in 4.2 innings, after not giving up an earned run in his previous two starts. His ERA went from 0.00 to 3.06 in the course of one afternoon.
Baylor got a run back in the fourth on Cole Haring’s RBI single, but Cal answered with a run on two singles and a walk in the fifth.
The Bears cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth after Tucker Cascadden and Davion Downey both drew walks, and Shea Langeliers delivered a two-out RBI single.
Unfortunately for the Bears, that’s as close as they’d get. Cal tacked on two more runs against Baylor’s bullpen, and the Golden Bear pitchers kept the BU bats at bay thereafter. Starter Jared Horn (3-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. Aaron Shortridge tossed four shutout innings of relief for the save.
Baylor will look to rebound when it faces ninth-ranked Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Saturday.