Bears Drop Series Opener In Phoenix
PHOENIX, Ariz. – California fell behind early and dropped its series opener to Arizona State, 8-3, on Friday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The Sun Devils did their biggest damage against Cal starter Josh White, tagging him with six runs over the first three innings including a tone-setting three-run home run by Sean McClain in the first. The loss was Cal's (11-14, 4-6 Pac-12) third straight.
White (0-3) lasted 5.1 innings and allowed all eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and four walks. He struck out four. Arizona State (12-15, 4-3) scored five of its runs on five two-out hits against White. Sam Stoutenborough held the Sun Devils scoreless in 2.2 innings of relief work and struck out three.
The Golden Bears managed nine hits but could not come up with the big one, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position while leaving 10 runners left on base. Nathan Martorella (3-for-5) and Hance Smith (2-for-5) both doubled in multi-hit efforts.
Cal cut into its 6-0 deficit with two runs in the sixth when Caleb Lomavita came home on an RBI groundout from Cole Elvis and Smith, who doubled, scored on a sacrifice fly by Jag Burden. The Sun Devils punched back with two of their own in the home half of sixth, extending the lead back to six runs. The final run of the contest was scored by Carson Crawford on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly from Dylan Beavers.
Keshawn Ogans (1-for-3) reached base twice to extend his reached base streak to 15 consecutive games.
Cal will look to even the series against Arizona State in game two on Saturday. First pitch from Phoenix Municipal Stadium is at 6 p.m. PDT.
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