COLLEGE STATION, Tex. -- The California baseball team (36-20) will send sophomore ace Daulton Jefferies to the hill on Monday at 4:30 p.m., Pacific, for the final game of the College Station Regional, the team announced early Monday afternoon.
The No. 3-seed Bears and No. 1-seed Texas A&M will meet for a third time in the past three days at Blue Bell Park, with the last two games each going extra-innings. Cal got the best of the Aggies on Saturday, when catcher Mitchell Kranson socked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 2-1 win, while Texas A&M got the better of the Bears on Sunday night, in a 4-3, 12-inning affair.
Jefferies (6-5, 2.96 ERA) is pitching for the second time this weekend, hearkening back to when sophomore left-hander Justin Jones threw three times in three days – 6.0 innings in a start, and then 2.0 innings and then threw to one batter in the Regional finale – to help lift the Bears out of the 2011 Houston Regional at Rice.
Cal’S Friday-night pitcher for all but four weeks of this season – when biceps tendonitis forced him to sit, and allowed freshman Jeff Bain to go 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts – Jefferies was electric on Friday afternoon against No. 2-seed Coastal Carolina, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five on 115 pitches.
Jefferies helped resurrect the Rally Capes on Saturday night, and pitching coach Mike Neu said that he will be available for one inning, or however long he can hold out. He will be throwing on nearly three full days of rest, since Friday’s game was a noon start, and Monday’s game will start at 6:30 local time.
After Jefferies is spent, it’s expected that the Bears go to Bain, who has thrown just 25 pitches in two relief outings this weekend.
Texas A&M will go a few innings with Friday starter Matt Kent, who threw 90 pitches in 7.0 innings in a 5-0 win over No. 4-seed Texas Southern.