Road Swing Starts Tuesday
BERKELEY – California baseball will play its first of four consecutive road games Tuesday night at San Jose State. The non-conference clash starts at 6 p.m. PDT at Excite Ballpark in San Jose and will be live streamed via the Mountain West Network.
The Golden Bears (7-8) are aiming to bring themselves back to .500 overall after losing two of three games against No. 16 Arizona at home last weekend. San Jose State (9-7) has won all three of its midweek contests this season but was swept at Nevada last weekend in a series that featured 69 combined runs by the two Mountain West clubs.
- Matchup: Cal (7-8) at San Jose State (9-7)
- Location: Excite Ballpark | San Jose, Calif.
- First Pitch: Tuesday, 6 p.m. PDT
- Watch: Mountain West Network
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Stamos vs. RHP Carter Heninger
- Cal is 83-41 all-time against San Jose State, including a 3-1 mark under head coach Mike Neu. Both teams won at home to split last season's pair of head-to-head meetings. Cal lost, 10-7, in San Jose on March 30 before winning a wild 18-10 game in Berkeley on May 4 that saw the Bears rally from an early 9-0 deficit with an 11-run fifth inning.
- Cal is 1-1 when playing on Tuesday this season, having defeated then-No. 23 Sacramento State on March 1 before falling against Santa Clara the following week on March 8. Both midweek contests were played in Berkeley.
- The Bears' pitching staff is 16th nationally with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings, having tallied 13-plus strikeouts in seven games.
- Ten different Bears have hit at least one home run, led by five from Dylan Beavers.
- Sophomore left-hander Chris Stamos (1-0, 4.15) is expected to start for Cal on the mound Tuesday. He's limiting opponents to a .176 batting average against and has tallied eight strikeouts in just 4.1 innings pitched.
- Cole Elvis continues to lead Cal in batting average, slashing .305/.354/.401 through 15 games. He went 3-for-6 with five RBI and two home runs in Cal's pair of games against San Jose State last season.
- Hance Smith has reached base in nine consecutive games and is one of four Bears with active streaks of six games or better. Keshawn Ogans owns a team-best five-game hit streak while batting .295 (18-for-61).
- Freshmen position players Carson Crawford (15 starts), Rodney Green Jr. (12 starts) and Caleb Lomavita (15 starts) have been mainstays in the lineup early in their college careers. All three have hit at least two home runs apiece (Lomavita is second on the team with three).