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Big Series On The Farm

May 5, 2022
Caleb Lomavita (left) and Nathan Martorella have 12 combined hits in Cal's previous four games played.

BERKELEY – California will head down to The Farm this weekend for the Big Series against rival No. 11 Stanford. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network (Bay Area) from Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif., with the series getting underway at 7 p.m. PT Friday.
 
Though the two rivals played a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond last season on May 17 immediately following a three-game set in Berkeley, this weekend's Big Series will be their first head-to-head meeting on the Farm with Pac-12 implications since 2018. Cal earned its first Big Series victory since 2014 with a pair of wins in Berkeley last season.
 
The Golden Bears (22-22, 11-13 Pac-12) have dropped their past two conference series against UCLA and Oregon but have won two consecutive games in their series finale against the Ducks and a 10-0 shutout win over San José State on Tuesday at home. Stanford (26-14, 12-9) improved to 14-5 at Sunken Diamond with a 16-6 win against UC Davis on Tuesday after losing two of three at Washington in Seattle last weekend.
 
WEEKEND LINEUP

  • Matchup: Cal (22-22, 11-13 Pac-12) at No. 11 Stanford (26-14, 12-9 Pac-12)
  • Location: Sunken Diamond | Stanford, California
  • First Pitch: Friday, 7 p.m. PT | Saturday, 6 p.m. PT | Sunday, 2 p.m. PT
  • Watch: Pac-12 Network Bay Area (PxP: Roxy Bernstein)
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast
  • Listen: KALX 90.7 FM

 
PROBABLE PITCHERS

  • Friday: RHP Steven Zobac vs. RHP Alex Williams
  • Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. LHP Drew Dowd
  • Sunday: TBA vs. TBA

 
QUICK HITS

  • Cal is looking to win back-to-back Big Series against Stanford for the first time since it won three consecutive series from 2007-09.
  • Cal's most recent series victory at Stanford came in 2014.
  • The Bears are 5-6 against Stanford under head coach Mike Neu since 2018. Two of those 11 games were non-conference games, one played in each of the past two seasons.
  • Cal is ranked seventh in the Pac-12 standings with six conference games remaining on its schedule.
  • Cal homered three times in its 10-0 shutout win vs. San José State on Tuesday and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 57 long balls this season. The Bears hit multiple home runs in five consecutive games from April 22-26 and are 11-7 when hitting two or more home runs.
  • In addition to leading the Pac-12 with 15 home runs, Dylan Beavers is among the conference's best in runs scored (51, 2nd), bases on balls (41, 2nd), extra-base hits (29, T-2nd) and slugging percentage (.657, 3rd). He's riding a 19-game reached-base streak.
  • Steven Zobac (2-2, 4.97 ERA) has allowed just two runs in his past 17.2 innings pitched (six appearances) dating back to April 8. The junior right-handed has been used in multiple roles this year and will make his seventh start on Friday. He has 41 strikeouts in 38 innings while limiting opposing batters to a .247 average against.
  • Cal will look to get Joseph King back on track in his 12th start of the season on Saturday. After allowing no more than two runs in each of his first six Pac-12 starts, the junior righty has allowed 11 runs on 23 hits across his past two starts against UCLA and Oregon.
  • 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 .335 heading into the Stanford series and owns a nine-game hitting streak.

 
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