Bears Drop Weekend Finale
LOS ANGELES – California could not pull off a series sweep of the No. 18 UCLA Bruins as it dropped the weekend finale, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Despite the loss, the Golden Bears return to the Bay with their second straight series victory against a ranked opponent.
Cal (28-24, 14-13 Pac-12) held a short-lived lead in the opening frame and was able to score twice late in the eighth, but UCLA plated runs in four different innings – including a three-run sixth – to stave off a sweep at their home diamond. Golden Bear starter Grant Holman took the loss after he was tagged with four runs on six hits over 3.1 innings pitched, his shortest outing since March 26.
After both squads traded runs in the first inning, UCLA took a 3-1 lead the next frame with a two-run home run from Jake Moberg. Cal got one back in the fourth on a solo home run from Steven Zobac, but it was Moberg again with an RBI double for the Bruins the following half inning.
UCLA made it 7-2 with consecutive RBI hits by Michael Curialle and Kyle Cuellar off of Sam Stoutenborough in the sixth. The Bears staged a short rally in the eighth when Jag Burden, who reached on a throwing error, and Dylan Beavers scored on an RBI groundout by Nathan Martorella and a sacrifice fly from Quentin Selma, respectively. A swinging strikeout by Zobac quelled the momentum.
- Darren Baker was 3-for-3 with a walk, reaching base safely in all four plate appearances. He's just three hits shy of 200 for his career.
- With a ninth-inning triple, Cole Elvis finished the weekend series with eight hits (8-for-13).
- Steven Zobac's home run was his fifth of the season. He drove in five runs in three games at UCLA, including two Sunday.
- Mitchell Scott hasn't allowed a hit in his previous nine appearances and 11.1 innings pitched; the junior right-hander needed just six pitches to work a 1-2-3 inning Sunday. He has 14 strikeouts to three walks in the span.
- Jag Burden made his second consecutive start at designated hitter Sunday. He went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
Cal concludes the 2021 regular season against No. 6 Oregon on May 27-29 at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.
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