Midweek Tilt In San Jose
BERKELEY – California opens a four-game week with a non-conference clash at San José State at 3 p.m. PT Tuesday. The midweek contest will be streamed on the Mountain West Network from Excite Ballpark in San Jose, California.
The day trip down I-880 South will serve as the Golden Bears' first midweek game of the season. Cal (14-8) is coming off of its fifth consecutive series victory, winning two of three games at Utah in Salt Lake City on March 26-28. San José State (1-2) played their first games of the season last weekend, hosting San Diego State. The Spartans previously suspended all baseball activities in late January due to health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19 and student-athlete conduct.
- Matchup: Cal (14-8) at San José State (1-2) | Excite Ballpark – San Jose, California
- First pitch: 3 p.m. PDT
- Watch: Mountain West Network
- Live Stats: CalBears.com
- Projected starter: TBA
- Cal has won 13 of 18 games dating back to Feb. 25. The run includes five consecutive weekend series victories.
- Cal is 82-40 all-time against San José State, most recently defeating the Spartans, 9-8, in Berkeley on March 10, 2020. Unbeknownst at the time, the March 10 contest proved to be Cal's final game in 2020 before the remainder of the season was canceled due to COVID-19.
- The Bears have not played at San José State since March 20, 2013.
- Cal is 12-0 when scoring first and 7-2 when scoring in the first inning this season.
- The Bears lead the Pac-12 and rank eighth nationally with 20 double plays defensively. Darren Baker – the Pac-12 leader in defensive assists (74) – has had a hand in 14 of the 20 double plays.
- Cal's pitching staff has allowed just 3.23 walks per nine innings, ranking third in the Pac-12.
- Cal rank third in the Pac-12 with 24 home runs, just one behind co-leaders Arizona and Stanford (25). The Bears have homered in four straight games and 14 overall. Eight Bears have left the yard at least once, led by Pac-12 leader Dylan Beavers (8).
- Since cracking the starting lineup on March 20, Nathan Manning is batting .667 (14-for-21) with six RBI, eight runs and two doubles. The sophomore has five consecutive multi-hit games dating back to March 20.
- Darren Baker and Quentin Selma own reached-base streaks of 27 and 21 games. Baker's streak dates back to the 2020 season.
- Cal's lineup card has been lefty-heavy this season. The Bears have started seven left-handed bats eight times and own a 10-6 record when starting six or more lefties.
- Three Bears list San Jose as their hometown, including Joe Ammirato, Connor Mack and Steven Zobac.
- Cal will see a familiar face across the diamond Tuesday in graduate transfer Max Flower, a former four-year member of the Bears' program. Flower made 138 starts across 160 career games played for the Blue & Gold and owned a .272 batting average and 77 RBI.