Bears Host No. 13 UCLA In Pivotal Series
BERKELEY – California baseball's five-game homestand continues this weekend with a key Pac-12 series against No. 13 UCLA at Stu Gordon Stadium. The three-game set gets underway at 6 p.m. PT Friday and will be streamed via Pac-12 Plus.
The Golden Bears enter the weekend at 18-18 overall (9-9 Pac-12), having won five of their past seven games and two consecutive conference series against Washington and at Washington State. UCLA (25-11, 9-6) dropped just its second series of the season last week against Stanford but responded with a 14-4 win at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
The two squads have not clashed in Berkeley since 2018 when the Bears won two of three games against the then-15th-ranked Bruins. Cal has won two of the three head-to-head series against UCLA under head coach Mike Neu since 2018 and most recently earned a series victory in Los Angeles last season.
- Matchup: Cal (18-18, 9-9 Pac-12) vs. No. 13 UCLA (25-11, 9-6 Pac-12)
- Location: Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.
- First Pitch: Friday, 6 p.m. PT | Saturday, 3 p.m. PT | Sunday, 1 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus
- Listen: KALX 90.7 FM
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Friday: LHP Ian May vs. RHP Jake Brooks
- Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Max Rajcic
- Sunday: TBA vs. LHP Gage Jump
CELEBRATING BOB MILANO & COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAMS
Cal baseball will celebrate Hall of Fame head coach Bob Milano and members of his three College World Series teams (1980, 1988, 1992) on Saturday. An on-field ceremony will take place prior to the Bears' game against No. 13 UCLA at 3 p.m. PT.
- Cal is currently seventh in the Pac-12 standings with a 9-9 conference mark while UCLA is fifth at 9-6.
- No. 13 UCLA will be the seventh nationally-ranked foe Cal has faced this season and first since hosting then-No. 6 Oregon State on March 25-27. All four weekend series Cal played in the month of March were against ranked opponents. The Bears are 7-7 in such games.
- Cal is 7-5 in the month of April.
- In nine games played since April 5, Cal's pitching staff has posted a .235 batting average against and held opponents to five runs or less seven times. The Bears are 6-3 in that span.
- Cal is among Pac-12 leaders with 133 total extra-base hits, including 42 home runs (fifth), 80 doubles (third) and 11 triples (third).
- The Golden Bears have fared well when junior right-hander Joseph King is on the mound this season, going 7-2 in games that he's started. Cal has won its past five games started by King, who's 2.68 ERA ranks fifth in the Pac-12.
- Cal is averaging 8.3 runs per game and batting .313 in the month of April. The Bears' lineup has scored 11 runs or more four times and tallied nine-plus hits in 11 of 12 games played in April so far. Nathan Martorella (.377, 11 extra-base hits), Dylan Beavers (.364, 21 runs) and Dom Souto (.361, 11 RBI) are all batting higher than .360 in April.
- Dylan Beavers hit his Pac-12-leading 12th home run of the season in a loss to San Francisco on Tuesday and is now tied with David Cooper (2007-08) for the eighth-most home runs in school history. The junior right fielder also leads the conference in runs scored (46) and ranks third with 37 RBI.
- Caleb Lomavita is one of just three Pac-12 players with at least six home runs and 12 stolen bases, joining Oregon State's Jacob Melton and Arizona State's Joe Lampe. Lomavita has been successful in 12 of his 13 stolen base attempts while slashing .276/.356/.454.