Bears Secure Road Series
SEATTLE – Sean Sullivan allowed one run over six innings pitched and California hit a pair of home runs as it defeated Washington 5-1 and clinched a Pac-12 road series Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Runs in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings backed another stellar pitching performance by the Golden Bears, who used four arms to limit the Huskies (17-20, 3-11 Pac-12) to just five hits while striking out nine batters. Sullivan picked up the win for Cal (21-19, 8-9), striking out five while allowing four hits and one walk.
The Bears struck first when Nathan Manning scored from first base on an RBI double off the right-center wall by Nathan Martorella in the second frame. Dylan Beavers and Cole Elvis then added solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, giving Cal a 3-1 advantage by the time Sullivan's day ended with a looking strikeout in the sixth. Cal capitalized on a pair of Washington fielding errors and pushed across two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout from John Lagattuta and an infield single by Keshawn Ogans.
With a four-run lead in hand, Sam Stoutenborough, Aaron Roberts and Ian Villers finished the job with one inning of relief apiece. The trio struck out four combined batters and allowed one hit and a pair of walks.
- Cal's pitching staff has allowed one run over its past 22 innings pitched dating back to last Sunday.
- The Bears are 6-1 against Washington under head coach Mike Neu and have won four in a row in the series.
- Cal improved to 18-3 when scoring first.
- Dylan Beavers' home run was his 11th, tying Arizona's Jacob Berry for the Pac-12 lead.
- Sean Sullivan pitched through the sixth inning for the fifth time this season. He leads Cal with 54.1 innings pitched this season.
- With a scoreless inning of relief Saturday, Ian Villers hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 10.1 innings pitched.
- Sam Stoutenborough's appearance on the mound was his first since suffering an arm injury on April 9 at Arizona.
- After a three-hit performance, Darren Baker is 5-for-9 with three hits and three stolen bases in this weekend's series at Washington.
Cal goes for the sweep of Washington at 1 p.m. PDT Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
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