Bears Blast Spartans, 10-0
BERKELEY – Five Golden Bear pitchers combined to pitch a four-hit shutout and California homered three times in a 10-0 victory over San José State on Tuesday night at Stu Gordon Stadium.
The Bears jumped ahead early with runs scored in each of the first two frames and led by eight after the fifth in their final midweek contest of the regular season. With the win, Cal (22-22) secured a season sweep of San José State; the Bears outscored the Spartans 27-5 in two wins this spring.
Tucker Bougie (3-0) earned the win on the mound as he was first out of the bullpen in relief of Ian May, who scattered three hits and struck out a pair in a three-inning start. Bougie struck out four of the eight batters he faced and held SJSU hitless over 2.1 frames on the way to picking up his third win of the season. Nick Proctor carried Cal through the seventh with three strikeouts against five batters faced before turning it over to Henrik Reinertsen and Aaron Roberts for the eighth and ninth innings.
The Spartans (24-21) tallied just one hit – an eighth-inning single – over the final six frames.
After back-to-back strikeouts opened the bottom of the first inning, Hance Smith delivered the first blow of the game with a solo home run to left field. Dom Souto quickly made it a 4-0 ballgame in the following frame with a three-run shot that scored Keshawn Ogans (leadoff walk) and Rodney Green Jr. (single).
Cal put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a trio of two-out hits by Cole Elvis, Ogans and Green Jr., the latter two of which drove in runs. Dylan Beavers' Pac-12-leading 15th home run of the season made it a nine-run advantage in the sixth and Trevor Tishenkel scored on an RBI groundout by Nathan Martorella in the eighth to make it an even 10-0 lead.
Ogans (3-for-3) reached base in all four plate appearances while Caleb Lomavita and Green Jr. had two hits apiece. Beavers' solo home run in the sixth – the 34th of his career – extended his reached base streak to 19 consecutive games.
Jack Johnston got the nod in left field for his second collegiate start.
Cal shifts its focus to a three-game set at rival No. 11 Stanford this weekend. Friday's series opener will get underway at 7 p.m. PT Friday at Sunken Diamond with a televised broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
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