Stoutenborough Leads Bears Past Cal Poly
BERKELEY – Sam Stoutenborough pitched five effective innings of relief and Dylan Beavers belted his Pac-12-leading 11th home run as California defeated Cal Poly 9-3 on Tuesday night at Stu Gordon Stadium.
With the Golden Bears in need of a strong performance on the mound following a difficult finish to their weekend series at Arizona State last weekend, Stoutenborough delivered on Tuesday night. The senior right-hander held the Mustangs scoreless over the final four innings and allowed just two hits from the seventh on. Stoutenborough earned the win and finished his outing with one run allowed on six hits and two strikeouts.
Cal improved to 13-15 overall and snapped Cal Poly's (18-11) six-game win streak in the process.
Aaron Roberts and Tucker Bougie kept Cal Poly off the scoreboard for the first three innings and the Bears broke the scoreless tie with a four-run third inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run double from Cole Elvis. Roberts, who earned his first start of the season in an opener role, worked around three walks in a scoreless first inning before turning it over to Bougie. Aside from allowing back-to-back home runs to the Mustangs in the fourth, Bougie surrendered just one other hit and a walk while striking out a pair in three innings of work.
The Bears continued to swing hot sticks at the plate, tallying 14 hits for the third straight contest and the fourth time in six games. Beavers led the charge with a 3-for-4 effort that included a two-run home run in the eighth inning. He also legged out a bases-loaded infield single that plated the first run of the game and sparked Cal's fourth-run third frame.
With Cal in front 4-3 in the sixth, Stoutenborough got a looking strikeout to strand the tying run at third base after Cal Poly put up three hits in the inning. The Bears took full control from that point as Keshawn Ogans – who extended his reached base streak to 18 consecutive games with a 2-for-3 performance – singled to right field and scored Hance Smith in the home half, making it a 5-3 ballgame. It was the first of five unanswered runs scored by the Bears the rest of the way.
Nathan Martorella was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a double, raising his season batting average to .310. Beavers' home run was the 30th of his career, moving him into a tie for ninth all-time at Cal with Conor Jackson (2001-03).
Cal hosts Washington in a three-game Pac-12 series at Stu Gordon Stadium this weekend. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. PDT Friday. All three games between the Bears and Huskies will be televised on Pac-12 Network Washington.
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