Cal Rolls In Series-Clinching Win
BERKELEY – California ran away with a 14-5 series-clinching victory over Washington behind six shutout innings of relief by Sam Stoutenborough and a 14-hit effort on Sunday afternoon at Stu Gordon Stadium.
Eight of Cal's 14 hits went for extra bases and the Golden Bears struck early and often, putting up four runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings to put Washington away. Cal improved to 15-16 overall (7-8 Pac-12) with the series win and climbed into sole possession of sixth place in the conference standings.
In what was a back-and-forth affair early on – Cal jumped ahead 4-0 in the opening frame only to see the Huskies claw back to tie it with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings – it was Stoutenborough who proved to be the stabilizer. The senior right-hander inherited a 5-4 ballgame with two runners in scoring position in the fourth inning and worked three groundouts to escape the jam with minimal damage and a 5-5 tie. From there Stoutenborough (2-1) was as efficient as it gets, allowing just one single and striking out a pair in six scoreless innings.
Stoutenborough induced 12 groundouts across his six innings of work and didn't allow the lone single until the ninth.
After Washington reset the score with its game-tying three-run fourth inning, Cal punched back immediately with four of its own in the home half. Nathan Martorella (3-for-5) delivered the go-ahead blow by driving in Dom Souto with an RBI double down the left-field line. It was one of three extra-base hits by Martorella, who finished the weekend series against Washington batting .500 (7-for-14) with three doubles, a triple and two home runs to go along with six RBI and five runs scored.
Lomavita followed Martorella with a two-run double and proceeded to score on an RBI single up the middle from Cole Elvis to cap Cal's four-run fourth inning. The two Bears provided the damage again in the fifth when Lomavita singled home Dylan Beavers and Elvis put the game out of reach with a three-run home run to left field. Dom Souto (2-for-4) added an RBI double in the sixth for Cal's final and 14th run.
Lomavita finished with a career-high four hits (4-for-5) and four runs batted in while Elvis (2-for-3) tied a career-best with five RBI.
The Bears used Steven Zobac as an opener across 1.1 innings and went to Ian May for another 1.2 frames before turning it over to Stoutenborough, who allowed just two baserunners in 19 batters faced.
The Bears will make the short trip to Moraga to face Saint Mary's on Monday. First pitch from Louis Guisto Field will be at 3 p.m. PDT.
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