Weekend Tilt Against LMU
BERKELEY – California welcomes Loyola Marymount to Evans Diamond for a four-game non-conference series this weekend, starting Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. PT. The Golden Bears and Lions will play a doubleheader Saturday, followed by the series finale on Sunday afternoon. Cal (7-5) has won six of its past eight games entering the weekend with series victories against San Francisco and Saint Mary's.
Under Pac-12 Conference guidance and local public health protocols, no fans are permitted to attend the series. There will be no live stream available for the series. Fans are encouraged to follow along via live stats.
- Matchup: Cal (7-5) vs. Loyola Marymount (6-4) | Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
- First pitch: Friday: 5 p.m. PT | Saturday (doubleheader): 2 p.m. PT & 6 p.m. PT | Sunday: 1 p.m. PT
- Projected rotations:
- Friday: RHP Ian Villers
- Saturday (Game 1): RHP Sean Sullivan
- Saturday (Game 2): RHP Joseph King
- Sunday: RHP Paulshawn Pasqualotto
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Friday: Live Stats | Live Stream: N/A
- Saturday (Game 1): Live Stats | Live Stream: N/A
- Saturday (Game 2): Live Stats |Live Stream: N/A
- Sunday: Live Stats | Live Stream: N/A
- Cal's next seven games through March 21 will be played at home. The Bears are 5-1 at Evans Diamond.
- LMU is the fourth consecutive West Coast Conference opponent that Cal will have faced to open the 2021 season.
- Three of Cal's seven wins have come in walk-off fashion on Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and March 5.
- Cal is 6-0 this season when it has scored first, and is 5-1 when it has scored at least once in the first inning.
- The Bears have hit 12 home runs in as many games, ranking second among Pac-12 squads. Dylan Beavers (4), Quentin Selma (3) and Nathan Martorella (2) have multiple home runs, individually.
- Josh White and Sam Stoutenborough have anchored Cal's pitching staff with three extended relief appearances apiece. White owns a 0.59 ERA with a 22-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15.1 innings. Stoutenborough (1.76 ERA) has held batters to a .132 average in 15.1 innings.
- Cal ranks 16th nationally with 10 double plays this season, largely due to the play up the middle by Keshawn Ogans and Darren Baker.
- In addition to his .333 batting average, Baker has scored 14 times and stolen seven bases.
- Two-way sophomore Steven Zobac has made a big impact early this season. Zobac has one home run and five RBI in 11 defensive starts, while striking out nine opposing batters over 5.1 scoreless innings on the mound. He is 1-0 with two saves while pitching.
- Ian Villers has four starts on the mound, tied for the national lead. Normally used as a reliever, Villers has thrown 7.0 innings in four starts.