BERKELEY – California swept a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Evans Diamond, rolling to an 11-5 victory in game one before holding on for a 6-4 win in game two. With the pair of wins, the Golden Bears improved to 9-6 on the season, and took the series lead.
Cal cranked out 22 hits across the day and outscored the Lions 20-9 over both games. Nathan Martorella and Dylan Beavers tallied four hits apiece and drove in seven combined runs in the doubleheader. Sean Sullivan and Josh White earned the wins on the mound, tossing six and five frames, respectively.
Game 1 – Cal 11, LMU 5
After mustering just four hits through the first five innings of Friday's loss, Cal came out swinging with four hits in Saturday's opening frame. Five Bears reached base in the inning and RBI singles by Beavers and Martorella gave the Bears an early 3-0 lead. A two-run home run from LMU's Matt Voelker cut Cal's lead to one in the following half inning.
Beavers knocked his fifth home run of the season in the third to make it a 4-2 contest. Cal unloaded a five runs in the fifth, highlighted by RBI singles by John Lagattuta and Cole Elvis. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded added to the Bears' outburst. A two-run double by Elvis in the sixth extended Cal's lead to 11-2.
Meanwhile, Sullivan worked through the first six innings for his first win of the year. He struck out three batters and didn't issue a walk while limiting LMU (7-6) to two runs on four hits. Joe Ammirato and Connor Oswalt combined for the final three innings on the mound.
Game 2 – Cal 6, LMU 4
With game two tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Martorella cleared the bases with a three-run double to deep center field and then scored on an RBI single by Lagattuta. The four-run inning gave Cal a 5-1 lead that it wouldn't surrender.
Joseph King made his season debut on the hill, striking out the side in the first inning before turning it over to White. Across five innings pitched, White struck out seven batters and scattered four runs (three earned) on four hits. After the Lions scored three combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Cal's staff – White, Aaron Roberts and Steven Zobac – held them scoreless over the final four frames.
LMU loaded the bases with one out against Roberts in the top of the eighth, but Zobac came on in relief and rolled a 3-6-1 inning-ending double play to eliminate the threat. Zobac finished off the contest with three straight outs in the ninth to secure his third save of the year.
Cal and LMU will conclude the weekend series at 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Sunday at Evans Diamond. The game was moved up one hour (originally scheduled for 1 p.m.) due to the expectation of inclement weather in the Berkeley area.
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