King Twirls Gem In Game Two Blowout
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Joseph King delivered another impressive outing on the road and California homered twice in a series-tying 14-7 win against Arizona State on Saturday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The Golden Bears led wire-to-wire, scoring in each of the first three frames and four of the first five. An eventful ninth inning saw Cal (12-14, 5-6 Pac-12) score seven times to extend its lead to 14-2, only to see Arizona State make it interesting with five runs of its own in the home half.
King (2-1) set career highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (8) as he stifled the Sun Devils (12-16, 4-4) throughout Saturday night. The junior right-hander allowed two runs on five hits and one walk and was at his best down the stretch, retiring the last 10 batters he faced before turning it over to the bullpen after the seventh inning.
In four starts away from home this season, King owns a .188 batting average against and 23 strikeouts to just two walks in 23.1 innings.
Cal's bats got going quickly with two runs in the opening frame against ASU starter Jared Glenn, who made an impromptu start in place of regular Saturday starter Tyler Meyer (shoulder stiffness). Nathan Martorella and Dylan Beavers drew back-to-back walks to start the contest and scored on a groundout by Caleb Lomavita and a single through the left side from Hance Smith. Martorella plated Jag Burden in the following frame with a single down the left field line, making it 3-0.
ASU got one back in the bottom of the second before Trevor Tishenkel delivered a scoreboard-clearing two-run home run in the third to extend the Bears' lead to 5-1. Carson Crawford, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a week, roped another two-run shot to right field two innings later and put Cal ahead, 7-2.
Cal's seven-run ninth inning was sparked by a two-run triple from Burden, which batted in Nathan Manning (walk) and Keshawn Ogans (double). The Bears walked six times in the inning – and a season-high 11 times throughout the contest – including twice with the bases loaded. In his second at bat of the frame, Manning singled up the middle to score a pair.
Steven Zobac was electric in one inning of hitless relief, striking out two Devils. Six different Bears had two RBI apiece and Cal's No. 6-9 batters were a combined 8-for-16 with eight RBI and six extra-base hits. Ogans (2-for-6) extended his reached base streak to 16 straight games.
The Devils' five runs in the ninth came on five hits and a fielding error. Left-hander Chris Stamos recorded the final two outs to secure the win.
Another Sunday, another rubber match. Cal will go for the series on Sunday for the sixth consecutive week. First pitch against Arizona State at Phoenix Municipal Stadium is slated for 12:30 p.m. PDT.
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