Bears Set For Four-Day Stretch Against Huskies, Gaels
BERKELEY – California baseball will play four games in as many days as it hosts Washington in a Pac-12 series at Stu Gordon Stadium this weekend followed by an East Bay battle with Saint Mary's in Moraga on Monday afternoon.
The Golden Bears' three-game tilt with the Huskies gets underway at 7 p.m. PDT Friday while games two and three will start at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be televised on Pac-12 Network Washington. Cal (13-15, 5-7 Pac-12) and Washington (14-13, 5-7) find themselves tied for ninth place in the conference standings at the midway point of the regular season.
First pitch against the Gaels (18-11) on Monday is slated for 3 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field. The two teams just faced one another last Tuesday, March 29, in Berkeley when Saint Mary's came away with a 10-5 win. The Gaels will host Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference series this weekend before the Bears come into town.
- Matchup: Cal (13-15, 5-7 Pac-12) vs. Washington (14-13, 5-7 Pac-12)
- Location: Stu Gordon Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.
- First Pitch: Friday, 7 p.m. PDT | Saturday, 6 p.m. PDT | Sunday, 1 p.m. PDT
- Watch: Pac-12 Network: Friday (PxP: Ben Ross) | Saturday (PxP: Roxy Bernstein) | Sunday (PxP: Roxy Bernstein)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Listen: KALX 90.7 FM
- Matchup: Cal (13-15) at Saint Mary's (18-11)
- Location: Louis Guisto Field | Moraga, Calif.
- First Pitch: Monday, 3 p.m. PDT
- Watch: WCC Network
- Live Stats: SMCGaels.com
- Friday: LHP Ian May vs. RHP Jared Engman
- Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Calvin Kirchoff
- Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Case Matter
- Monday: TBD vs. TBD
- Cal has played well against Washington during the Mike Neu era, owning a 7-1 record with three series wins since 2018. The Bears have outscored the Huskies 58-24 in those eight games, including 17-3 in last year's series sweep in Seattle. Cal is 49-37 all-time against UW.
- In last year's sweep of Washington, 12 Cal pitchers combined to strike out 30 batters and held Husky batters to a .182 average against.
- The Bears are 6-4 against Saint Mary's in Neu's tenure since 2018. The two teams went head-to-head six times last season with Cal winning four times, though the Gaels have won two in a row including the 10-5 victory on March 29 in Berkeley.
- Cal responded to a disappointing series loss at Arizona State (April 1-3) with a thorough 9-3 win against Cal Poly on Tuesday. Sam Stoutenborough (5.0 innings of relief) and Dylan Beavers (3-for-4 with three RBI and a home run) led the way.
- Cal's bats have heated up lately with 14-plus hits in three straight games and four of the last six. The recent stretch has raised the team batting average to .280, good for fifth in the Pac-12.
- Keshawn Ogans (.357) owns the top batting average on the team and is slashing .397/.432/.452 during his active 18-game reached base streak dating back to March 6. Two other Bears – Nathan Martorella (.310 average, multiple hits in five of past seven games) and Hance Smith (.300, 11-game hitting streak) are batting .300 or better.
- Dylan Beavers slugged his conference-leading 11th home run on Tuesday against Cal Poly. It was the 30th long ball of his career, moving him into a tie with Conor Jackson (2001-03) for the ninth-most in school history. With back-to-back three-hit games, Beavers currently slashing .287/.384/.635.
- Cal is once again shaking up its weekend rotation on the mound, moving freshman left-hander Ian May into the Friday starter role. May (1-0, 4.55 ERA) has made three starts dating back to March 20 at USC and has 27 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched while limiting opposing batters to a .243 average against.
- Junior right-hander Josh White (0-3, 5.26 ERA), who has made seven consecutive Friday starts this season, is active but will be used in a different role. White's 54 strikeouts and 12.36 strikeouts per nine innings rank third and sixth among Pac-12 pitchers.
- Caleb Lomavita is one of just three Pac-12 players with at least six home runs and nine stolen bases. The freshman is second among all Bears in home runs (6), RBI (22) and runs scored (25) while starting all 28 games as the designated hitter or at catcher.