Cal Open Series At WSU Thursday
BERKELEY – California baseball will head to the Palouse this week for a three-game Pac-12 series at Washington State. The action gets underway at 3 p.m. PDT Thursday from Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Washington. All three games will be live streamed via Pac-12 Plus.
The Golden Bears (16-16, 7-8 Pac-12) have won four of five games in the past week and take a three-game win streak into Pullman following a weekend series over Washington and a 6-0 victory at Saint Mary's on Monday. Despite being in last place in the Pac-12 standings, Washington State (12-19, 4-11) is coming off a series win at then-No. 9 Arizona last weekend.
- Matchup: Cal (16-16, 7-8 Pac-12) at Washington State (12-19, 4-11 Pac-12)
- Location: Bailey-Brayton Field | Pullman, Washington
- First Pitch: Thursday, 3 p.m. PDT | Friday, 2 p.m. PDT | Saturday, 11 a.m. PDT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Thursday: TBA vs. TBA
- Friday: TBA vs. LHP Cole McMillan
- Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Grant Taylor
- The Bears 6-3 against Washington State under Mike Neu and 59-42 all-time in the head-to-head series. Cal won two of three games against the Cougars in its most recent trip to Pullman in 2018. WSU won two of three games in last year's series in Berkeley; all three games were decided by two runs or less.
- Cal's pitching staff has posted a 2.49 earned run average .215 batting average against and 26 strikeouts to 15 walks over the past five games. All seven Bears who pitched at least three innings in the five-game span posted a 2.70 ERA or lower.
- Three Bears – Aaron Roberts, Tucker Bougie and Connor Sullivan – needed just 105 combined pitches in a two-hit shutout victory at Saint Mary's on Monday. Bougie earned his first collegiate win while tossing a career-best four innings.
- Nathan Martorella is the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week after batting a torrid .526 (10-for-19) with seven extra-base hits – two home runs, four doubles and one triple – along with eight runs scored and six runs batted in over four games. The junior first baseman leads Cal in on-base percentage (.419) and doubles (13), ranks second in batting average (.328) and has multiple hits in seven of his past 11 games.
- Cal is scoring an average of 8.8 runs per game in its past seven games and has 11-plus hits in all but one of those contests. The Bears tied a season high with eight-extra base hits – including six doubles – in their series-clinching 14-5 win over Washington on April 10.
- Cal has homered in seven consecutive games and ranks second in the conference with 39 total. Dylan Beavers continues to lead the Pac-12 with 11 home runs and nine other Bears have at least two home runs, including Caleb Lomavita (6), Nathan Martorella (4), Trevor Tishenkel (3), Hance Smith (3) and Carson Crawford (3).
- Caleb Lomavita is one of just three Pac-12 players with at least six home runs and 10 stolen bases, joining Oregon State's Jacob Melton and Arizona State's Joe Lampe. Lomavita has been successful in 10 of his 11 stolen base attempts while slashing .267/.351/.444.