Bears Return To Arizona
BERKELEY – California baseball will make its second trip to Arizona this weekend, this time to face Arizona State in a Pac-12 series at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. PDT Friday in Phoenix and all three games will be live streamed via Pac-12 Plus.
Cal (11-13, 4-5 Pac-12) enjoyed a season-opening road trip to Arizona in February when it went 3-1 across four games at the MLB4 Tournament and a neutral-site game against Gonzaga. The Golden Bears' most recent road trip resulted in a series win at then-No. 25 USC on March 18-20, but they've since lost four of five games overall. Arizona State (11-15, 3-3) picked up its first conference series victory against Washington last weekend before dropping a midweek contest at UNLV on Tuesday.
- Matchup: Cal (11-13, 4-5 Pac-12) at Arizona State (11-15, 3-3 Pac-12)
- Location: Phoenix Municipal Stadium | Phoenix, Ariz.
- First Pitch: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PDT | Saturday, 6 p.m. PDT | Sunday, 12:30 p.m. PDT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Game 1 (Friday): RHP Josh White vs. RHP Kyle Luckham
- Game 2 (Saturday): RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Tyler Meyer
- Game 3 (Sunday): LHP Ian May vs. LHP Adam Tulloch
- Cal is 4-4 against Arizona State under head coach Mike Neu. The Bears came away with a season-ending series win in their last visit to Phoenix Municipal Stadium in 2018. The Sun Devils won two of three games against Cal last year in Berkeley.
- The Bears will keep the same pitching rotation for the third consecutive weekend, led by junior ace Josh White on Friday night. White (0-2, 4.24 ERA) struck out 10-plus batters in his first three starts of the season but is still seeking his first win. He's battled through a challenging start to Pac-12 play, having allowed 14 earned runs in 17.2 innings.
- Cal enters the weekend with the nation's 18th toughest schedule, having played 14 of 24 games against nationally-ranked opponents. The Bears are 7-7 in such games, most recently including an 8-7 win over then-No. 6 Oregon State last Saturday.
- Dylan Beavers is the Pac-12 leader in home runs (10) and ranks 13th nationally after hitting one long ball in each of Cal's three games against Oregon State last weekend. The junior right fielder additionally moved into a three-way tie for 10th in school history with 29 career home runs. Beavers (.265/.368/.612) leads the team with 27 RBI and 25 runs scored.
- Keshawn Ogans is batting a team-leading .347 (33-for-95) heading into the ASU series. He saw his 13-game hitting streak snapped in a 10-5 loss to Saint Mary's on Tuesday, but was able to extend his reached base streak to 14 games.