Nebraska Baseball: Huskers vs California Golden Bears Preview

HEY BASEBALL! Y U NO HAVE CHEERLEADERS?

The California Golden Bears come to Haymarket Park this weekend for a four-game series finishing on Monday. Cal is ranked in three of the four baseball polls (unranked by Baseball America), and as high as #21 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Cal is a high profile opponent as they made it to the College World Series last season, going 1-2, eliminating Texas A&M and eventually being eliminated by Virginia.

SB Nation's California site, California Golden Blogs has a season preview of pitchers and the Bears' starting line up. The bottom line - Cal brings an experienced set of starters, but has questionable pitching depth, although you wouldn't know that from the season's results so far as Cal comes into Nebraska 9-2, and a team ERA average of 2.39. Their competition is suspect, however, as their wins have come against Pacific (2-11), Long Beach State (4-8), San Francisco (7-6), Lehigh (2-7), and Creighton (5-5). Their two losses were to Pacific on the road (a whole 400 miles separate Berkeley and Long Beach, going South for warmer weather no doubt).

Cal is batting .308 as a team, lead by Tony Renda who's batting .422 with 19 hits, 13 runs and three RBIs already this season. Renda was last season's Pac-10 Player of the Year and was chosen as a preseason first-team All-America by Baseball America. Seven other players are batting over .300, with six in double digits in hits and three in double digits in runs. Complete batting and pitching stats are at the bottom of the article.

Nebraska is batting .320 as a team and has a pitching ERA at 3.62. Michael Pritchard leads the Huskers at .424 with 14 hits, eight runs, and four RBIs. Chad Christensen has had a good season so far, batting .408, and leads the team with 20 hits, nine runs and 12 RBIs. Nine players are batting over .300. Complete batting and pitching stats are at the bottom of the article.

The series will not be televised, but Husker fans that aren't heading to Haymarket can listen on the Husker sports network. And don't forget that iPhone app that'll let you listen to games anywhere you might be.

Projected Starting Pitchers:

Fri., March 9 - 1:35 p.m.

So. Zach Hirsch (LHP, 1-1) vs. Cal - Jr. Justin Jones (LHP, 2-1)

Sat., March 10 - 2:05 p.m

So. Jon Keller (RHP, 1-0) vs. Cal - Jr. Matt Flemer (RHP, 2-0)

Sun., March 11 - 1:05 p.m

Jr. Tom Lemke (RHP, 1-0) vs. Cal - So. Kyle Porter (LHP, 1-0)

Mon., March 12 - 12:05 p.m.

Jr. Tyler Niederklein (RHP, 1-1) vs. Cal - So. Mike Theofanopoulos (LHP, 0-1)

Cal is an excellent early season test for the Husker baseball team. It's time for the Fighting Erstads to find out who they are. This is Cal's first series outside of their home state. The weather is forecast to be in the high 50s to mid-60s, which might give Nebraska an edge.

Consider this your game thread for today's game!

California Offensive Stats

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
Michael Theofanopo.. 0.5 1-0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0-0 1 7 1 0.889
Tony Renda.......... 0.422 11-11 45 13 19 3 0 0 3 22 0.489 5 4 3 0 0.519 0 0 6-7 19 34 3 0.946
Chadd Krist......... 0.378 11-11 45 9 17 4 0 0 12 21 0.467 1 1 3 0 0.38 3 0 1-1 64 7 1 0.986
Jacob Wark.......... 0.375 4-1 8 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 0.375 1 0 0 0 0.444 0 0 0-0 7 0 0 1
Chris Paul.......... 0.364 4-2 11 1 4 1 0 0 2 5 0.455 3 0 1 0 0.5 0 0 0-0 3 5 1 0.889
Andrew Knapp........ 0.333 11-11 39 10 13 4 0 1 13 20 0.513 8 2 2 1 0.451 2 1 2-3 102 9 1 0.991
Vince Bruno......... 0.333 11-10 33 10 11 1 1 0 3 14 0.424 5 0 3 0 0.421 0 4 1-1 2 0 0 1
Mike Reuvekamp...... 0.333 2-0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 1 0 1 0 0.5 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Darrel Matthews..... 0.306 11-11 36 6 11 2 1 0 7 15 0.417 5 1 4 0 0.395 1 4 0-1 17 1 1 0.947
Danny Oh............ 0.25 10-10 32 9 8 2 0 1 6 13 0.406 5 2 3 1 0.385 0 1 2-2 28 1 0 1
Derek Campbell...... 0.25 9-9 28 5 7 0 0 1 3 10 0.357 2 3 5 1 0.364 0 2 0-0 13 24 5 0.881
Mitch Delfino....... 0.241 9-9 29 4 7 3 0 0 3 10 0.345 2 1 7 1 0.313 0 1 0-0 2 17 3 0.864
Chad Bunting........ 0.238 11-11 42 7 10 6 0 1 11 19 0.452 3 2 5 0 0.313 1 0 1-1 25 2 0 1
Brenden Farney...... 0.222 3-2 9 2 2 2 0 0 3 4 0.444 0 0 2 2 0.2 1 0 0-0 0 7 3 0.7
Paul Toboni......... 0 4-1 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0-0 4 0 0 1
Alex Egber.......... 0 2-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.5 0 0 0-0 2 0 0 1
Totals.............. 0.308 11-11 370 80 114 28 2 4 70 158 0.427 41 17 45 6 0.394 9 13 13-16 294 130 20 0.955
Opponents........... 0.211 11-11 351 31 74 8 3 3 25 97 0.276 24 10 65 10 0.278 3 9 40945 279 118 19 0.954

Cal Pitching

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
Joey Donofrio....... 0 2-0 5 0 0 0/0 0 8.2 4 0 0 1 10 2 0 0 30 0.133 1 0 0 0 0
Michael Lowden...... 0 0-0 2 0 0 0/1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Pistoresi... 0 0-0 2 0 0 0/1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Porter......... 0 1-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keaton Siomkin...... 1.12 0-0 4 1 0 0/0 0 8 9 1 1 0 3 1 0 1 33 0.273 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Flemer......... 1.23 2-0 3 3 0 0/1 0 22 13 4 3 3 14 2 2 0 73 0.178 0 3 0 0 2
Trevor Hildenberge.. 1.59 0-0 4 0 0 0/0 1 5.2 4 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 22 0.182 0 1 0 2 0
Chris Muse-Fisher... 1.8 0-0 3 0 0 0/0 0 5 6 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 21 0.286 0 0 1 0 0
Logan Scott......... 2.45 2-0 6 0 0 0/0 2 7.1 8 2 2 0 6 1 0 0 29 0.276 0 1 0 0 1
Justin Jones........ 3 2-1 3 3 0 0/0 0 15 12 5 5 4 10 0 0 0 51 0.235 3 2 0 0 3
Michael Theofanopo.. 3.12 0-1 3 3 0 0/0 0 17.1 11 9 6 6 12 0 1 1 58 0.19 5 3 0 0 3
Ryan Wertenberger... 13.5 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 2 3 3 3 3 2 0 0 1 9 0.333 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Sandler........ 13.5 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 2 4 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 9 0.444 1 0 0 1 0
Matt Evanoff........ 99 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals.............. 2.39 9-2 11 11 0 1-Jan 3 98 74 31 26 24 65 8 3 3 351 0.211 11 10 1 3 9
Opponents........... 6.19 2-9 11 11 0 0/0 2 93 114 80 64 41 45 28 2 4 370 0.308 9 17 1 9 13

Nebraska Offensive Stats

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%
40 Stucky, Sam...... 0.444 3-3 9 5 4 1 0 0 0 5 0.556 3 1 3 0 0.615 0 0 0-0 20 3 0 1
4 Pritchard, Michae 0.424 11-8 33 8 14 1 0 0 4 15 0.455 3 0 3 3 0.472 0 0 0-3 1 0 0 1
39 Stock, Richard... 0.417 9-8 36 5 15 6 0 0 7 21 0.583 1 0 5 0 0.432 0 0 0-0 34 2 0 1
2 Christensen, Chad 0.408 12-12 49 9 20 3 0 2 12 29 0.592 5 0 6 0 0.463 0 1 1-2 26 24 1 0.98
9 Kelly, Pat....... 0.385 5-5 13 2 5 2 0 0 1 7 0.538 1 0 3 0 0.429 0 1 0-0 5 7 3 0.8
7 Peters, Bryan.... 0.364 11-10 33 8 12 2 1 0 5 16 0.485 3 2 6 0 0.436 1 0 1-2 18 31 1 0.98
41 Darby, Austin.... 0.321 11-7 28 3 9 0 0 1 5 12 0.429 3 0 7 0 0.387 0 2 2-2 16 1 0 1
20 Scheffert, Josh.. 0.32 10-6 25 6 8 2 0 0 3 10 0.4 2 0 2 0 0.37 0 0 1-1 60 7 1 0.985
11 Sanguinetti, Rich 0.302 11-11 43 7 13 2 0 1 7 18 0.419 5 0 10 0 0.375 0 5 1-3 26 0 0 1
3 Kalkowski, Kash.. 0.273 8-4 22 2 6 1 0 1 4 10 0.455 0 1 2 0 0.304 0 0 0-0 23 1 0 1
22 Headley, Blake... 0.263 9-5 19 3 5 0 0 0 2 5 0.263 4 0 5 1 0.391 0 0 1-2 6 15 0 1
10 Farmer, Kurt..... 0.242 9-8 33 5 8 1 0 1 5 12 0.364 3 0 6 2 0.306 0 0 2-2 4 23 3 0.9
14 Kiser, Kale...... 0.237 12-10 38 8 9 2 0 2 9 17 0.447 10 2 5 0 0.42 0 1 1-2 18 0 0 1
13 Burleson, Cory... 0.222 9-8 27 7 6 1 0 0 5 7 0.259 5 0 8 0 0.344 0 2 0-0 42 9 0 1
46 Kildow, T........ 0 7-3 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0.083 0 0 1-1 10 0 0 1
Totals.............. 0.32 12-12 419 81 134 24 1 8 69 184 0.439 49 6 76 6 0.398 1 12 11-20 321 141 10 0.979
Opponents........... 0.272 12-12 412 50 112 19 2 2 48 141 0.342 41 12 72 9 0.353 3 7 4-9 314 148 18 0.963


Nebraska Pitching

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA
37 Hander, Ryan..... 0 1-0 5 0 0 0/1 0 7.1 3 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 24 0.125 0 0 0 0 0
18 Bummer, Aaron.... 0 0-0 2 0 0 0/1 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Vogt, Dylan...... 1.04 1-1 5 0 0 0/0 0 8.2 5 3 1 5 8 0 0 0 29 0.172 0 1 0 2 1
55 Huber, Travis.... 1.5 0-0 6 0 0 0/0 3 6 7 2 1 2 4 1 0 0 25 0.28 1 0 0 0 0
50 Spitsnogle, Dexte 2.25 0-0 2 1 0 0/0 0 4 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 15 0.2 0 1 0 0 0
30 Lemke, Tom....... 2.45 1-0 3 2 0 0/0 0 11 10 3 3 2 7 2 0 0 42 0.238 0 1 0 1 0
44 Pierce, Brandon.. 2.57 2-1 7 0 0 0/0 0 7 6 3 2 5 5 2 0 0 27 0.222 1 0 0 0 0
19 Bublitz, Luke.... 2.7 0-0 4 0 0 0/0 1 3.1 4 1 1 1 4 1 0 0 13 0.308 0 0 0 0 1
27 Hirsch, Zach..... 3.57 1-1 3 3 0 0/0 0 17.2 19 7 7 4 14 2 0 1 66 0.288 0 0 0 0 2
31 Kubat, Kyle...... 3.6 0-0 4 2 0 0/0 0 10 16 4 4 6 4 4 0 0 42 0.381 0 1 0 0 1
23 Keller, Jon...... 4.6 1-0 4 4 0 0/1 0 15.2 18 8 8 4 10 2 1 0 62 0.29 1 5 0 0 0
32 King, Tyler...... 5.06 0-0 6 0 0 0/0 0 5.1 3 6 3 3 3 0 0 0 18 0.167 0 2 0 0 1
21 Niederklien, Tyle 8.53 1-1 4 0 0 0/0 0 6.1 10 6 6 3 1 2 1 0 26 0.385 1 0 0 0 1
36 Stovall, Jeff.... 20.25 0-0 4 0 0 0/0 0 2.2 8 6 6 2 2 2 0 0 16 0.5 1 0 0 0 0
Totals.............. 3.62 8-4 12 12 0 1-Jan 4 107 112 50 43 41 72 19 2 2 412 0.272 5 12 0 3 7
Opponents........... 6.19 4-8 12 12 0 0/0 3 104.2 134 81 72 49 76 24 1 8 419 0.32 12 6 1 1 12

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