SAN FRANCISCO – Two Golden Bear pitchers limited San Francisco to just four hits and California used a three-run seventh inning to defeat the Dons, 5-1, at Benedetti Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
Cal clinched a series win with the four-run victory and improved to 4-4 with its third win in four games against the Dons (3-4). Freshman right-hander Paulshawn Pasqualotto earned his first career win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five batters. He was relieved by sophomore Josh White, who tossed three hitless frames with six strikeouts to earn the save.
With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh, Dylan Beavers pushed Cal in front with a two-run home run to right field. The Bears added two more runs in the frame on a pair of USF errors; Quentin Selma scored on a fielding error at first base while Steven Zobac crossed the plate on a throwing error by the Dons' third baseman.
Cal struck first in the second when Steven Zobac scored on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Elvis after leading off the inning with a double in the right-center gap. The Dons' biggest threat came in the fifth when a double in the left-center gap plated their only run.
White's stellar relief performance kept USF without a hit through the final three innings.
- Dylan Beavers went 5-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI in the four-game series vs. USF. He recorded his first multi-hit game of the season Sunday with a 3-for-5 performance.
- Josh White earned his first career save with his three-inning relief appearance. He has 13 strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched this season.
- Through 9.2 innings pitched over two starts, Paulshawn Pasqualotto owns a 1.86 ERA and a 10-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
- Steven Zobac and Nathan Martorella extended their hit streaks to five games apiece.
Cal will battle Saint Mary's in a four-game split series on March 4-7. The action starts at 5 p.m. PT Thursday at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.
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