Cal Opens Pac-12 Play
BERKELEY – California baseball's four-game homestand continues this weekend as it kicks off Pac-12 play against No. 16 Arizona at Evans Diamond, starting at 5 p.m. PT Friday. All three games will be streamed.
The Golden Bears have lost three of their past four games including two of three at No. 10 Florida State last weekend and a 9-6 defeat to Santa Clara on Tuesday. Arizona is the fourth nationally-ranked foe Cal (6-6) will have faced early this season; the Bears are 3-2 in such games. The Wildcats (10-3) opened the season 9-1 before losing a pair to Texas State last weekend.
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 (6-6) vs. No. 16 Arizona (10-3)
- Location: Evans Diamond | Berkeley, Calif.
- First Pitch: Friday, 5 p.m. PT | Saturday, 3 p.m. PT | Sunday, 1 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus (PxP: Ben Ross)
- Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
- Game 1 (Friday): RHP Josh White vs. RHP TJ Nichols
- Game 2 (Saturday): TBD vs. LHP Garrett Irvin
- Game 3 (Sunday): TBD vs. RHP Dawson Netz
- Cal has won six of nine games against Arizona under head coach Mike Neu since 2018, including a home sweep in 2018 and two of three games in Tucson in 2019. Last season's series saw Arizona take two of three from the Bears.
- Arizona leads the all-time series against Cal, 111-83.
- Josh White has been superb in three starts this season, striking out 31 batters to go with a 1.10 ERA and .164 batting average against. His 17.08 strikeouts per nine innings rank fifth nationally.
- Cal's pitching staff as a whole is 17th nationally and second in the Pac-12 with 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
- Cole Elvis has been the Bears' most reliable bat, slashing .354/.396/.521 with 17 hits and 12 RBI.
- Three freshmen – Caleb Lomavita, Carson Crawford and Rodney Green Jr. – have established themselves as every day starters early this season. Green Jr. has struck out a team-high 20 times, but is batting 10-for-15 with five extra-base hits when he puts the ball in play.
- Dylan Beavers continues to lead Cal with four home runs. He's batting .277/.397/.574.