Pasqualotto Tosses Gem, Bears Win Series
BERKELEY – Freshman right-hander Paulshawn Pasqualotto nearly went the distance on the mound, tossing 8.1 innings to lead California to a 7-1 series-clinching victory against Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears (10-6) won for the ninth time in the past 12 games and earned their third consecutive series win.
Cal scored all seven of its runs in the second inning, giving Pasqualotto plenty of support to work with. Pasqualotto stifled the LMU (7-7) lineup for the first eight frames, allowing just two baserunners on a pair of singles, while striking out three batters. He recorded one out in the top of the ninth, but after two Lions reached with hits, Cal brought Nick Proctor in from the bullpen to finish it off.
Pasqualotto (2-2) finished the contest with one run allowed on four hits against 28 batters faced.
The Bears did all the offensive damage they needed to do with the seven-run second inning. In the short span of three at bats, Cole Elvis, Brian McClellin and Darren Baker drove in a combined four runs on three singles, quickly making it a 4-0 contest. Dylan Beavers added the exclamation mark with a three-run home run – his second of the series and sixth of the season – to extend Cal's advantage to 7-0.
Though the Bears mustered just three hits the rest of the way, the lead was never threatened as Pasqualotto rolled through the afternoon.
- Pasqualotto's outing was the longest by a Cal pitcher since May 19, 2019, when Jared Horn threw a complete game against Arizona State.
- Cole Elvis (2-for-4) registered his second two-hit performance in the past three games. He had just one such effort in his first 10 games.
- Four Bears have reached-base streaks of 13-plus games, led by Darren Baker, who has reached base in 21 consecutive contests dating back to last season. The foursome also includes Dylan Beavers (17, dating back to 2020), Quentin Selma (15) and Steven Zobac (13).
- Beavers (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- Sunday was the third time this year that Cal's pitching staff has held its opponent to one run scored. Cal owns a collective 3.42 ERA.
- Cal's defense was errorless for the fifth time this season, helping Pasqualotto cruise through 8.1 innings on 99 pitches.
Cal's home stand continues with a three-game series against California Baptist next weekend. The action starts Friday at 5 p.m. PDT from Evans Diamond in Berkeley.
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