After taking in a pair of Pac-12 battles in the desert Saturday, Aaron Fitt broke down Cal and Arizona, who got big days from Mitchell Kranson and Cody Ramer.


Arizona Notebook: Beware Of El Gaucho


TUCSON, Ariz. — Thanks to the needs of television scheduling, I was able to double up on Saturday, catching the noon Pacific game between Cal and Arizona State, then heading down to Tucson for the 7 p.m. contest between Stanford and Arizona. The Golden Bears won a hard-fought 11-inning affair 6-4 to even their series against the Sun Devils, while the Wildcats clinched a big series with a 4-1 victory in the night game.

Here are some quick observations on both games, focusing on the Golden Bears and the Wildcats.

• Mitchell Kranson has become a hugely valuable player for Cal as a senior. It’s easy to see why he’s a fan favorite in Berkeley, with his everyman’s physique (5-foot-9, 210 pounds), his high energy level, his superb mustache and college baseball’s best nickname — El Gaucho. But more than all of that, he’s just a darn good baseball player.


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