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Bears Suffer Big Series Sweep

May 8, 2022
Hance Smith (center) and the Golden Bears suffered a series sweep at No. 11 Stanford, falling 11-3 in the finale on Sunday.

STANFORD, Calif. – California came out on the wrong side of the first Big Series sweep since 2013 as No. 11 Stanford scored three runs in the fourth inning and plated another five in the eighth on the way to an 11-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford's sweep was the first by either rival team in the Big Series since the Cardinal won all three games in the 2013 series in Berkeley. It was also the first time Cal has been on the losing side of a sweep since April 2021 when it lost three games at Oregon State in Corvallis. The Golden Bears (22-25, 11-16 Pac-12) tied a season-high with its third consecutive loss.
Dylan Beavers delivered Cal's only dose of offensive support with a bases-loaded two-run double down the right field line in the seventh inning. The double – Beavers' third of the Big Series – made it a 5-2 deficit and extended his reached-base streak to 22 games.
Cal could not keep the rally going, however. Stanford (29-14, 15-9) halted the Bears' momentum by loading the bases with one out in the home half of the same inning before getting a two-run single up the middle by Drew Bowser, followed by a three-run home run from Tommy Troy two at bats later. The big inning extended the Cardinal's lead to 10-2.
Brett Barrera got Stanford on the board with a solo home run in the first inning. Sam Stoutenborough retired seven of the next eight batters he faced, but the Cardinal extended its lead with three runs on four hits in the fourth frame. Stoutenborough (2-3) did not last past the fourth, his day ending with four runs allowed on six hits while striking out two.
Five Cal pitchers were used out of the bullpen and only one, Ian May, who recorded one out in the sixth, escaped without allowing a run to a Stanford offense that piled up 14 hits on the afternoon.
The Bears left 11 runners on base and batted .125 (2-for-16) with runners in scoring position. Ty Uber (3-1) picked up the win on the mound, striking out six and holding Cal to four hits across a six-inning start.
Nathan Martorella (1-for-3) reached base three times and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single. Dom Souto tied a career high with three hits (3-for-4) and Caleb Lomavita (2-for-4) drove in his third run of the series in the ninth.
Cal will dip into non-conference play for the final time when it hosts New Mexico in a three-game set at Stu Gordon Stadium next weekend, May 13-15. The series will get underway at 6 p.m. PT Friday.
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