Bears Blast Bruins
LOS ANGELES – Four Golden Bears blasted home runs and Josh White struck out a career-high 10 batters as California rolled past another nationally-ranked opponent with a 14-2 win over No. 18 UCLA Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Cole Elvis (4-for-5, five RBI) and Quentin Selma (4-for-4, two RBI) both homered in a pair of four-hit efforts while Cal tied a season high with 17 hits and scored in six of the first seven innings, including a five-run sixth. After picking up a key Pac-12 series win against then-No. 12 Stanford last weekend, the Bears (27-23, 13-12) stayed hot with their eighth win in the past 12 games Friday.
Backed by more than enough run support, White was masterful across six innings pitched before leaving the game with a 12-2 advantage. The sophomore right-hander struck out 10 batters, including five in a row at one point, and held UCLA (31-17, 14-11) to a pair of solo home runs in the first and third innings. Outside of the home runs, White allowed just one Bruin to reach second base.
Reuben Drogin and Nick Proctor seamlessly took over relief duties, working three combined scoreless innings to seal the series-opening win.
With a 1-1 tie in the top of the second, Elvis roped a two-run home run to right-center field and Cal never looked back. The Bears doubled their lead the following inning with back-to-back doubles by Selma and Steven Zobac, followed by an RBI single from Elvis. It was Selma and Elvis again two innings later with a solo home run and an RBI double, respectively. UCLA starter Zach Pettway lasted just 4.1 innings against the Bears and allowed seven runs on nine hits.
Dylan Beavers kicked off a five-run sixth inning with a solo home run – his 15th this season – before Zobac, Elvis and Nathan Manning all drove in runs to extend Cal's advantage to 12-2. Nathan Martorella added the exclamation mark in the seventh with a two-run home run to center field.
- Friday's win was Cal's fourth against a nationally-ranked opponent this season, and third since last Saturday.
- Cal's 14 runs scored Friday are its most against UCLA since a 16-0 win on May 6, 2007 in Los Angeles.
- The Bears dealt UCLA its first home loss of 10 runs or more since Arizona defeated the Bruins, 19-4, on March 18, 2017.
- Quentin Selma, Cole Elvis and Steven Zobac were a combined 11-for-14 with 10 RBI, six runs and five extra-base hits.
- Cal tied its season high of 17 hits for the third time.
- Darren Baker (1-for-5) tallied his 193rd career hit and now needs just seven to reach the 200-hit milestone for his career.
- The Bears improved to 22-9 when hitting at least one home run. They've hit multiple home runs in four of the past five games.
Cal goes for the series win against UCLA in game two Saturday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. PDT from Jackie Robinson Stadium.
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