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Bears Best No. 10 Noles In Series Finale

Mar 6, 2022
Joseph King retired 14 batters in a row in an impressive start at No. 10 Florida State on Sunday. Cal won 5-3 in extra innings.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Cole Elvis delivered a go-ahead single to right field in the 10th inning as California capped a difficult weekend on a high note with a 5-3 win against No. 10 Florida State on Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium.
Tied 3-3 in the 10th, Nathan Martorella led off the extra frame with a double down the left-field line and scored four pitches later when Elvis drove a single to the outfield for the game-winning run. Rodney Green Jr., who reached on an infield single, later scored on a wild pitch for an insurance run.
Both teams' bats came alive late after six scoreless innings. Cal (6-5) jumped ahead 3-0 with one run in the seventh and a pair in the eighth before the Seminoles climbed back with three runs of their own in the eighth. It was a matter of patience for Cal's bats throughout the afternoon; the Bears tallied just one hit through the first six innings and struck out 15 times, but were able to attack the Florida State (7-4) bullpen.
Despite not earning the decision, Cal starter Joseph King went toe-to-toe with FSU left-hander Ross Dunn over the first half of the contest. King struck out seven and retired 14 batters in a row throughout five innings of work, allowing just two singles. Dunn was equally dominant for FSU, notching 11 strikeouts in six scoreless frames.
The Bears scratched the first run across in the seventh when Elvis led off with a double down the right-field line and later scored when Hance Smith was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. An inning later, Caleb Lomavita scored from second base on a throwing error after leading off the inning with a walk before Keshawn Ogans drove in Martorella with a backside single through the right side of the infield to make it 3-0.
Cal's two eighth-inning runs proved critical as FSU knotted the game when Brett Roberts singled home two runs and scored on a wild pitch. With the go-ahead run on second base, Cal turned to Nick Proctor out of the bullpen. The senior right-hander ended the eighth-inning threat with a swinging strikeout and retired all seven batters he faced through 2.1 innings pitched to pick up his first win of the year.
King (7), Connor Sullivan (3) and Proctor (4) combined for 15 strikeouts on the mound Sunday. Both Elvis and Green. Jr. had two-hit performances while Martorella reached base three times and scored twice (1-for-3, two walks).
Cal moved to 3-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season despite dropping the weekend series. The Bears blew a late lead in a 4-3 series-opening loss on Friday before coming up short in a 7-4 defeat Saturday.
Cal returns to Berkeley for a four-game homestand against Santa Clara at 5 p.m. PT Tuesday and Arizona on March 11-13.
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