Road Test In Eugene
BERKELEY – California will make the trip north to face No. 25 (Baseball America) Oregon in a three-game series at PK Park this weekend. The conference tilt gets underway in Eugene at 6 p.m. PT Friday and all three contests will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus.
The Golden Bears (20-20, 10-11 Pac-12) captured back-to-back conference series against the Washington schools earlier this month before dropping two of three games at home to No. 13 UCLA last weekend. Cal most recently rallied from an early three-run deficit to defeat Pacific, 9-8, in a non-conference game on Tuesday.
Oregon (26-14, 11-7) is in a three-way tie for third place in the Pac-12 standings but has dropped two of its three weekend series against conference foes in April, including last weekend against Washington State. The Ducks are on a three-game skid, having lost games two and three against the Cougars last weekend before coming up short in a 4-2 non-conference loss to No. 2 Oregon State on Tuesday.
- Matchup: Cal (20-20, 10-11 Pac-12) at No. 25 Oregon (26-14, 11-7 Pac-12)
- Location: PK Park | Eugene, Ore.
- First Pitch: Friday, 6 p.m. PT | Saturday, 2 p.m. PT | Sunday, 12 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Friday: RHP Steven Zobac vs. RHP RJ Gordon
- Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Isaac Ayon
- Sunday: TBA vs. RHP Jace Stoffal
- Cal is in eighth place in the Pac-12 standings at 10-11, but finds itself close behind Utah and Arizona State – tied for sixth at 9-9 in conference play – with nine conference games remaining.
- The Bears haven't won a series in Eugene since 2014 when they won two of three games against the No. 16 Ducks on May 22-24. In nine games played against Oregon under head coach Mike Neu since 2018, Cal is 4-5.
- This weekend's series pits the Pac-12's top home run-hitting squads against one another. Oregon leads the conference with 57 home runs while Cal is second with 53. The Bears have hit a conference-best 31 home runs in Pac-12 play and have tallied at least two home runs in five consecutive games since April 19.
- Dylan Beavers continues to lead the conference with 14 home runs and ranks among national and Pac-12 leaders in walks drawn (37), runs scored (48), RBI (41) and slugging percentage (.680). The junior surpassed Cal Hall of Famer Lance Blankenship with his 33rd career home run last Sunday and ranks seventh in program history.
- Nathan Martorella has swung Cal's hottest bat over the past three weeks, batting .420 with an OPS of 1.336 in April. The first baseman has slugged seven home runs and seven doubles along with 22 RBI in that span. He's the fourth-most difficult batter in the Pac-12 to strikeout, averaging a strikeout every 9.7 at bats.
- Since a shaky performance in a series-ending loss at Arizona State on April 3, Steven Zobac has allowed just one run while striking out 14 in his past 12.1 innings pitched. Zobac (2-2, 5.51 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start since April 10 on Friday.
- Joseph King (3-2, 3.29) will look to bounce back from his most difficult start of the season last Saturday against No. 13 UCLA when he allowed season highs of five runs and 10 hits. Cal has won seven of 10 games started by King, who is the Pac-12 leader in walks allowed per nine innings (1.21).