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Road Swing Concludes In Corvallis

Apr 15, 2021
Darren Baker takes a 36-game reached-base streak into Cal's road series at Oregon State this weekend.

BERKELEY – California wraps up an eight-game road stretch with a Pac-12 series at Oregon State this weekend, starting at 5:35 p.m. (PDT) Friday at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. All three games will be streamed by Oregon State.
 
Winners of two consecutive games, the Golden Bears (18-13, 5-4 Pac-12) are most recently coming off of a 3-2 non-conference win at Saint Mary's Tuesday. Cal has won six of eight series this season, including two of three in conference action. The Beavers (21-10, 7-5) are ranked in three national polls (Baseball America, NCBWA, USA Today) but have lost four straight games, including a conference sweep at the hands of rival Oregon last weekend. OSU owns the nation's second-lowest earned run average at 2.55.
 
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  • Cal is seeking its first series win against OSU since 2010, when the Bears earned a home sweep. The Bears' last series win in Corvallis came in 2003. Cal is 44-47 all-time against the Beavers, and 1-5 under Mike Neu since 2018.
  • The Bears' most recent win against Oregon State was a 3-2 series-opening victory on March 23, 2019 in Corvallis. Sean Sullivan and Sam Stoutenborough threw a combined 7.1 innings as freshmen to lead Cal past then-No. 7 OSU.
  • Just nine Bears have previous playing experience against OSU, including five pitchers and four position players.
  • Grant Holman, Cal's projected starting pitcher Friday, has looked the part since returning from a preseason injury. In three limited starts, the staff ace has tossed 13 strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits in 11.2 innings. Opposing batters are hitting just .154.
  • Cal leads the Pac-12 in walks allowed per nine innings (3.14) and has issued three walks or less in 22 games, including eight of the last nine dating back to March 30.
  • Cal is 16-1 when scoring first and 9-3 when scoring at least once in the first inning this season.
  • Nathan Manning's bat has stayed hot ever since cracking the Cal lineup on March 20. The sophomore leads the Pac-12 in batting average (.466) after a most-recent 3-for-3 effort at Saint Mary's Tuesday. Manning is 27-for-58 on the season and has a seven-game hit streak.
  • Darren Baker continue to do it all for Cal, batting a career-high .315 while reaching base safely in 36 consecutive games dating back to the 2020 season. The senior owns a .405 on-base percentage, ranks 20th nationally with 14 stolen bases and is batting .460 (29-for-63) when leading off an inning. Arguably most impressive, Baker has a Pac-12-leading 104 defensive assists at second base and has committed just six errors across his previous 92 career games played.
  • Cal is second in the Pac-12 with 30 home runs. Dylan Beavers (9) and Quentin Selma (6) are two of six Bears who have three-plus homers.

 
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