Powered by three home runs, the Cal baseball team slugged its way to a series-opening win over Utah, 9-4, at Evans Diamond on Friday.
Led by center fielder Chad Bunting, who put two balls well over the left-center field fence, and right fielder Andrew Knapp, whose shot cleared the back of Edwards Stadium, Cal (21-15, 5-8 in the Pac-12) took the lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back.
With one out in the bottom of the frame, Bunting brought home first baseman Mitch Delfino on his first homer of the day. In the home half of the third, Knapp led off with his mammoth blast and Bunting followed with another two run homer two outs later.
Lefty Michael Theofanopoulos earned the win by scattering 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs while striking out six. Closer Logan Scott mowed his way through the Utah lineup for the save, pitching three perfect innings.
Bunting finished 3-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and five RBIs. He now has seven home runs on the season. Delfino went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Knapp went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Utah (10-26, 5-11) and Cal will meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.