Cal Drops Series Finale At Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – California could not overcome a pair of big innings by Utah's offense in a series-ending 11-4 loss Sunday at Smith's Ballpark. The Golden Bears (14-8, 2-1 Pac-12) saw their four-game win streak snapped, but will return to Berkeley with a conference-opening series victory after taking the first two games of the weekend.
Dylan Beavers delivered his Pac-12-leading eighth home run in the fourth frame, but the solo shot was the only run produced by Cal before the game got out of hand. Utah (5-13, 2-4) capitalized on a handful of uncharacteristic miscues by the Cal pitching staff and plated five runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh.
The Bears went down fighting with a three-run ninth inning, which included an RBI single by Darren Baker and a pinch-hit double by Jag Burden.
Four Cal pitchers issued a season-high 10 walks to the Utes. Six of the free passes came in Utah's biggest offensive innings. Paulshawn Pasqualotto (2-3) took the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits and five walks, despite striking out five batters. Mitchell Scott was the lone Bear to make it through his outing unscathed with 1.2 innings of scoreless work.
- Darren Baker (27 games) and Quentin Selma (21) extended their reached-base streaks.
- With his solo home run, Dylan Beavers (2-for-3) leads the Pac-12 with eight on the season.
- Dom Souto made his season debut, entering the game as a defensive substitution in the eighth before walking and scoring in the ninth.
- Nathan Manning (2-for-5) had his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He was 7-for-12 with four runs, two doubles and one RBI in the series.
Cal dips back into non-conference play Tuesday at San José State. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. PT.
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