Cal freshman righty Joey Matulovich strikes out Marcus Semien, Devon Rodriguez

BERKELEY -- Cal freshman Joey Matulovich makes a big impression in his first Alumni Game appearance ...

BERKELEY -- The California Baseball Alumni Game on Sunday brought back many members of the 2011 College World Series team, including Joey DonofrioDixon AndersonDevon RodriguezMarcus Semien, Logan ScottJacob Wark and Chadd Krist. Former big league outfielder Darren Lewis was in attendance, as were current Oakland Athletics slugger Mark Canha, former catcher Charlie Cutler, father of two Bears (Andrew Knapp, currently in Arizona Fall Ball, and his younger brother Aaron Knapp) and former Cal catcher Mike Knapp. Former third baseman Dan Cholowsky was honored with a framed jersey, following his induction into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.

As he has throughout fall ball, freshman right Aaron Shortridge was dominant, but his classmate Joey Matulovich took the top billing for the 2016 bunch, striking out three in two perfect innings. Two of those three were Semien -- the starting shortstop for the Athletics -- and postseason hero Rodriguez, and they came back-to-back. 

The big hero of the game was freshman first baseman Roman Reed, who broke a 4-4 tie with a seventh-inning solo home run to left, giving the active squad a 5-4 win. We'll have more from Friday soon, so stay tuned.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1563974-conner-bock-next-i... In recruiting news, 2016 left-handed pitcher commit Chris Murphy decommitted from the Bears following the departure of former pitching coach Mike Neu, now head coach at Pacific. Neu, a source close to the situation said, encouraged Murphy to stay on with the Bears, but instead, the 94-mph hurler decided to flip to San Diego.

On Monday, Cal first baseman commit Conner Bock has been named to the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game by the Professional Baseball Scouts of Southern California, on the South All-Star Team. He'll be facing Murphy, who was tabbed for the North. The game will take place on Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at Blair Field in Long Beach, home of Long Beach State. 

Alumni of that game include Taijuan Walker (Mariners), Tyler Skaggs (Angels), Nolan Arenado (Rockies), and Austin Hedges (Padres).


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