Bears Host Spartans In Final Midweek Contest
BERKELEY – California will play its final midweek baseball game of the 2022 regular season on Tuesday when it hosts San José State at Stu Gordon Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT and the non-conference contest will be live streamed on Pac-12 Plus.
Tickets and hot dogs are available for just $2 and the first 100 Cal students at Tuesday's game will receive a free meal from El Pollo Picante.
The Golden Bears (21-22) are going for the season sweep of the Spartans, having already earned a resounding 17-5 win on March 15 in San Jose. Cal is coming off a 9-8 win at No. 25 Oregon in Sunday's series finale in Eugene, but ultimately dropped the Pac-12 series with 7-2 and 8-3 losses in games two and three. The Spartans (24-20) have played good ball of late, winning six of their last eight games including two of three at New Mexico – which Cal will host in a three-game series on May 13-15 – in Mountain West action last weekend.
- Matchup: Cal (21-22) vs. San José State (24-20)
- Location: Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.
- First Pitch: Tuesday, May 3 | 6 p.m. PT
- Watch: Pac-12 Plus (PxP: Ben Ross)
- Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Probable Pitchers: LHP Ian May vs. LHP Micky Thompson
- Cal is 5-5 in midweek games (Monday-Wednesday) this season and most recently bested Pacific, 9-8, last Tuesday in Berkeley.
- Cal is 84-41 all-time against San José State and 4-1 in the series under head coach Mike Neu dating back to 2018.
- The Bears' 17-5 win at San José State in mid-March featured numerous season-highs, including runs scored (17), hits (18), extra-base hits (8), RBIs (16), stolen bases (4) and strikeouts thrown (16). Caleb Lomavita was 2-for-4 with five RBIs, a grand slam, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win.
- Freshman left-hander Ian May will start on the mound Tuesday. May is fifth on the team with 36.2 innings pitched this season and is 2-1 with a 6.14 earned run average, having made six starts in 14 appearances.
- Nathan Martorella hit everything in sight during the month of April, batting .421 (31-for-72) with an OPS of 1.389, eight home runs, seven doubles 21 runs scored and 24 RBI throughout 17 games played. He's batting a team-leading .339 entering Tuesday's contest.
- Dylan Beavers, the Pac-12 leader in home runs (14), has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games. The junior slugger owns an on-base percentage of .432 and is 11th nationally with 41 walks drawn.