BERKELEY – California baseball will open its 2022 home slate at Evans Diamond against UIC this weekend. The three-game series will get underway at 5 p.m. PT Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. PT.
The Golden Bears (3-1) got off to their best start since 2013 with a sweep of the MLB4 Tournament field in Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend before dropping a Monday matinee clash with Gonzaga in Mesa, Arizona. UIC is spending its second consecutive weekend out west after playing at New Mexico State on Feb. 18-20. The Flames (1-2) won the season opener in extra innings before falling in games two and three.
Fans attending games at Evans Diamond are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.
- Matchup: Cal (3-1) vs. UIC (1-2)
- Location: Evans Diamond | Berkeley, Calif.
- First Pitch: Friday, 5:05 p.m. PT | Saturday, 2:05 p.m. PT/6:05 p.m. PT
- Watch: Live Stream (Pac-12 Plus) | PxP: Ben Ross (Friday), Scott Armstrong (Saturday)
- Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
- Game 1 (Friday): RHP Josh White vs. LHP Nate Peterson
- Game 2 (Saturday): RHP Steven Zobac vs. Tyler Ingram
- Game 3 (Saturday): RHP Joseph King vs. LHP Sam Menegat
- Cal is 2-2 in home openers and 8-4 on home-opening weekend under head coach Mike Neu since 2018.
- The Bears and Flames have never faced one another on the baseball diamond.
- Golden Spikes Award watch list selections Dylan Beavers (three home runs, .313 average) and Josh White (10 strikeouts, 5.1 shutout innings pitched) looked as advertised on Opening Weekend in Arizona. White was tabbed as a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper for his 10-strikeout effort vs. Houston.
- Four freshmen earned at least one start in Cal's four-game run through Arizona and batted a collective .333 (13-for-39) with eight extra-base hits, two home runs and 12 runs scored. Carson Crawford hit .429/.500/.929 with four XBH in four starts at third base.
- Cal's 7-6 walk-off win vs. No. 17 TCU was its 15th against a nationally-ranked opponent under Mike Neu.
- Cal used late-inning rallies in all three of its wins in Arizona last weekend. The Bears have scored just three total runs in innings 1-4 while plating 15 in innings 7-10 so far this season.