D1 Weekend Wrap - Cal Poly

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Cal Poly - 3-0 vs Oklahoma State

As impressive as Stanford was in sweeping Vanderbilt, the Cal Poly sweep over Oklahoma State is nearly as impressive.  Admittedly I don't know much about the 2012 Cowboys but they are a pretty strong team year in and year out, from a power conference and they came to San Luis Obispo and got wiped out, 6-0, 11-3, 6-0.  That is a 23-3 shellacking.

D1 Weekend Wrap - UC Davis

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UC Davis - 2-1 vs Utah

This is a really nice opening series win for the Aggies, a team coming off a very rough 2011 season.  It remains to be seen how much of a factor Utah will be in the Pac-12 (I think they will struggle to stay out of the bottom 3 in most years) but regardless, the Aggies have a 2-1 series win (W 3-0, L 7-1, W 6-2) over a Pac-12 team. 

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D1 Weekend Wrap - Fresno State

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Fresno State - 3-1 vs Butler

The Fresno State Bulldogs, a talented team that we have seen contend for postseason play year in and year out, put it to the Butler Bulldogs, who are a power in NCAA hoops, but not quite as strong on the diamond.  The bigger dogs went 3-1 on the strength of outscoring the smaller dogs 35-14 in the four games.  The one loss was an extra inning L, 12-9.

Sophomore LHP Tyler Linehan dazzled in the opener, striking out 13 in 7.2 innings and was named a national player of the week.  Senior LHP Tom Harlan earned WAC pitcher of the week so it would appear that the Bulldogs are strong from the left side on the mound.  Harlan threw a CG shutout and struck out eight.  For the weekend the Fresno State pitchers struck out 47 and only walked 11, in 37 innings pitched.  That is outstanding.  Three starters didn't give up a run in their 21.2 innings (Linehan, Harlan, Munro).

D1 Weekend Wrap - Stanford

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Stanford - 3-0 vs Vanderbilt

Going 3-0 against a previously top 10 ranked Vanderbilt team is a little different than going 3-0 against Pacific, so after one weekend of play, it sure looks like the Cardinal are the class of Northern California, the Pac-12 and maybe the nation.  They hammered the Commodores by a combined 35-13 (8-3, 9-5, 18-5) and showed their offensive depth and firepower all weekend.  If there is a deeper, more athletic and more talented starting line-up in the college baseball, tell me which team that is.  I don't think there is.

D1 Weekend Wrap - Cal

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I am not sure yet if I will do a weekend or weekly wrap all season but for now I am inclined to do so.  I will comb the box scores and of course that is not the same as being at the games, but I will do my best to try to get inside those boxscores a little bit and see what they mean for our local D1 programs.  I think in smaller chunks, meaning one team at time, we can know more about each of the teams.

Cal - 3-0 vs Pacific

The Bears won three games and scored plenty of runs in the process.  The won 9-1, 6-3, and 9-3 and in this era of the less impactful bats, those scores tend to jump out at me a bit.  Now, no one is going to confuse the Pacific pitching staff with the 2010 SF Giants, but credit to the Bears for putting up the runs.  Pacific has been a better hitting than pitching team in recent years but the Bears, while not completely dominant, only gave up seven runs in three games.  Tony Renda is off to great start with a .545 average and .667 OBP and four SB.  Darrel Matthews, Andrew Knapp and Chadd Krist all drove in five runs this past weekend.  If Knapp has developed into the type of hitter he projected to be out of high school, the Bears are in good shape, very good shape.  Krist had three doubles.

Only one pitcher went longer than five innings and that was senior RHP Matt Flemer, who went eight.  Of note among the Cal pitching stats is this ratio, 19:2, which is their K:BB ratio.  The 19 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched is a little less than I would want to see to indicate that the Bears have enough stuff to navigate the Pac-12 season, but they do have some great experience with LHP Justin Jones and Flemer. 

I think looking forward, I see Cal having to lean on their offense when the Pac-12 season rolls around. 

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