The Cal baseball program signed six in-state athletes to national letters of intent -- three pitchers, two infielders and a switch-hitting catcher -- Bears coach David Esquer announced.

Signing national letters of intent with the Bears were Denis Karas, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound infielder and Matt Ladrech, a 6-1, 180-pound left-handed pitcher. Both are from Lafayette and Campolindo High.

Karas helped the Cougars to three-straight North Coast Section titles while earning second-team, all-league honors as a sophomore and first-team all-league accolades as a junior. He is a Perfect Game 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention selection.

Ladrech was Campolindo's starting right-hander in the school's past two NCS championships. As a junior, he was 5-2 with 56 strikeouts and a 0.54 ERA in 78 innings.

As a sophomore, Ladrech was 8-0 with 49 strikeouts in 49 innings with a 1.70 ERA. Ladrech joined Karas as a Perfect Game 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention selection.

Cal's incoming class for fall 2015 includes Jeff Bain, a 6-4, 205-pound right-hander from Pasadena, Brett Cumberland, a 6-0, 185-pound switch-hitting catcher from Turlock and Preston Grand Pre, a 6-3, 175-pound middle infielder from Laguna Beach.


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