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Bears Swing Away Against Spartans

Mar 15, 2022
Caleb Lomavita hit a ninth-inning grand slam and drove in five runs in Cal's 17-5 win at San José State on Tuesday.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – California came out swinging early with eight runs in the first two innings and defeated San José State 17-5 in non-conference play at Excite Ballpark on Tuesday night.
After jumping ahead 3-0 in the first with a solo home run by Dylan Beavers and a two-run triple from Rodney Green Jr., the Bears padded their lead with five more runs in the second. Cal sent all nine batters to the plate and tallied six hits in the second frame, including RBI doubles by Hance Smith and Green Jr. as well as run-scoring singles by Carson Crawford, Beavers and Caleb Lomavita.
Cal (8-8) got back to .500 overall and improved to 2-1 in midweek contests.
The offensive firepower was backed by quality relief work from five Cal pitchers – Nick Proctor, Christian Becerra, Tommy Hannan, Tucker Bougie and Steven Zobac – who combined to toss seven scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts. Seven total Bears tied a season-high 16 strikeouts. Becerra (1-0) earned the win with his two innings of work.
SJSU (9-8) made it interesting early with five runs of its own in the second inning, cutting Cal's advantage to three. The Spartans worked three walks and a hit batter to go along with three singles in the frame. Proctor came out of the bullpen and was able to halt the momentum with a swinging strikeout to end the inning before striking out the side in the third.
Cal's pitching staff held SJSU to just three hits throughout the remaining seven innings.
A pair of SJSU fielding errors led to three insurance runs in the sixth, making it an 11-5 contest. Cal capped the victory with six runs in the ninth, highlighted by a grand slam by Caleb Lomavita.
All nine Bears in the starting lineup tallied at least one hit, including six multi-hit efforts. Lomavita (2-for-4) drove in five runs, Beavers (2-for-5) scored four times and stole two bases and Green Jr. (2-for-6) drove in three runs on a triple and a double. Smith and Manning had three hits apiece.
Cal opens its second Pac-12 series of the season against USC at 6 p.m. PDT Friday in Los Angeles.
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