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Bears Bash Past Huskies, 6-3

Apr 9, 2022
Joseph King pitched a career-high eight innings in Cal's 6-3 series-tying win over Washington on Saturday.

BERKELEY – One week after delivering a career-best performance on the road against Arizona State, Joseph King managed to do himself one better in California's 6-3 series-tying win over Washington on Saturday night at Stu Gordon Stadium.
With the Golden Bears (14-16, 6-8 Pac-12) needing a win in game two of a critical midseason conference series, King worked a career-high eight innings and allowed one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six Huskies. It was the longest outing by a Cal pitcher since Paulshawn Pasqualotto went 8.1 innings against Loyola Marymount last March.
King (3-1) was backed by a trio of emphatic home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot by Nathan Martorella that cleared the Edwards Stadium grandstand beyond right field in the seventh inning and pushed Cal ahead, 3-1.
After Washington (15-14, 6-8) jumped in front with a run on two hits in the opening frame, Dom Souto tied the game at one with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Hance Smith made it a 4-1 game with an RBI double off the center field wall in the seventh following Martorella's home run, and Keshawn Ogans roped another two-run blast in the next inning.
Cal went to the bullpen for the ninth frame and Christian Becerra – despite surrendering a pair of runs on two hits and two walks – was able to stave off the Huskies with a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
King allowed no more than one hit in each of his final seven innings pitched and held Washington to just two total hits between the fifth and eighth frames as Cal took control. The junior right-hander lowered his season earned-run average to 2.54 with the performance and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past six starts on the mound.
Smith (2-for-4) extended his hit streak to 12 games with a pair of doubles and Souto (2-for-3) joined him as the lone Bears with multi-hit performances. The two-run shot by Martorella was his second home run in as many days and continued a staggering nine-game stretch in which he's batting .425 (17-for-40) with eight extra-base hits and 11 runs batted in.
The Bears improved to 6-2 in games started by King this season.
Cal and Washington clash once more in the series rubber match at 1 p.m. PDT Sunday at Stu Gordon Stadium. The conference contest will be televised on Pac-12 Network Washington.
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