Tuesday Night On The Farm
BERKELEY – California will open a stretch of eight consecutive road games with a non-conference clash at rival Stanford Tuesday night. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. PT from Sunken Diamond.
Tuesday's game is the first of five meetings between Cal (16-10) and Stanford (16-5) this season; they will play a three-game Pac-12 series in Berkeley on May 14-16, followed by another non-conference contest on Monday, May 17 in Stanford. Both squads are coming off of conference series victories this past weekend, as Cal bested USC twice at home and Stanford took two of three at Washington State.
- Matchup: Cal (16-10) at Stanford (16-5) | Sunken Diamond – Stanford, California
- First pitch: 6:05 p.m. PDT
- Watch: Stanford Live Stream
- Live Stats: CalBears.com
- Projected starter: RHP Nick Proctor
- Cal is aiming to improve its 4-6 road record with eight consecutive games away from Berkeley coming up.
- The Bears are 14-0 when scoring first and 9-2 when scoring in the first inning this season. They've scored 63 of their 149 total runs in the first three innings (18 in the 1st, 21 in the 2nd and 24 in the 3rd).
- Five of Cal's 16 wins have been walk-offs, most recently including a 4-3 walk-off against USC on Friday, April 2.
- Cal's 28 home runs rank second in the Pac-12, trailing only Stanford (31). Dylan Beavers (8) is tied for second in the conference individually while Quentin Selma (6) is close behind.
- The Bears' pitching staff has allowed just 3.29 walks per nine innings, having issued three walks or less in 17 of 26 games.
- Junior right-hander Nick Proctor is expected to make his first career start Tuesday. He is 2-1 with 18 strikeouts in 17.0 innings across nine relief appearances so far this season.
- Darren Baker is doing a bit of everything for Cal in his senior season. The leadoff man owns a 31-game reached-base streak, ranks 14th nationally with 14 stolen bases, is batting .472 when leading off an inning and is the Pac-12 leader in defensive assists (89). At second base, Baker has committed just two errors in 130 total chances (.985 fielding percentage).
- Nathan Manning continues to swing a hot bat since cracking the starting lineup on March 20. The sophomore is batting .500 (20-for-40) with six multi-hit performances and 11 runs scored.
- Quentin Selma homered twice and drove in six runs across Cal's two wins vs. USC last weekend. He leads Cal in multi-hit games (11) and multi-RBI games (8).
- Cal leads the Pac-12 and ranks 21st nationally with 21 double plays defensively.