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Cal Welcomes New Mexico To Bear Territory

May 12, 2022
Hance Smith and the Golden Bears are 11-9 in non-conference games heading into their home series vs. New Mexico this weekend.

BERKELEY – California will conclude non-conference play by hosting New Mexico in a three-game series this weekend at Stu Gordon Stadium, starting at 6 p.m. PT Friday. All three games will be live streamed on Pac-12 Plus.
 
The Golden Bears (22-25) are aiming to build momentum with six regular-season games remaining ahead of the inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament, which will field the conference's top eight teams. Cal is currently tied with Washington for eighth place in the Pac-12 standings, but owns the tiebreaker after winning two of three games in the head-to-head series against the Huskies earlier this season.
 
Washington plays its final three Pac-12 games at USC this weekend before Cal concludes conference play vs. Utah on May 19-21.
 
Sunday's series finale is Bark at the Park day. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to Stu Gordon Stadium for a pre-game pup parade on the field at 12:30 p.m. PT ahead of the 1 p.m. first pitch. To purchase tickets for Bark at the Park and to download the required waiver for entry with dogs, please visit calbears.com/pupclub.
 
WEEKEND LINEUP

  • Matchup: Cal (22-25) vs. New Mexico (19-28)
  • Location: Evans Diamond at Stu Gordon Stadium | Berkeley, California
  • First Pitch: Friday, 6 p.m. PT | Saturday, 3 p.m. PT | Sunday, 1 p.m. PT
  • Watch: Pac-12 Plus (PxP: Ben Ross)
  • Live Stats: StatBroadcast

 
PROBABLE PITCHERS

  • Friday: RHP Steven Zobac vs. LHP Matt Haley
  • Saturday: RHP Joseph King vs. RHP Brett Russell
  • Sunday: TBA vs. LHP Justin Still

 
QUICK HITS

  • Cal is 2-0 all-time against New Mexico, most recently defeating the Lobos 12-2 at the Minnesota-hosted Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis on March 9, 2008. The two squads had a standalone game scheduled in April 2019 in Berkeley, but it was canceled.
  • The Bears are 11-9 in non-conference games this season and have won four of their past five.
  • Four Bears – Dom Souto (.346), Keshawn Ogans (.333), Cole Elvis (.325) and Hance Smith (.320) are batting better than .300 in non-conference play. Cal is hitting .288/.380/.467 with 25 home runs as a team in 20 non-conference games.
  • Nathan Martorella is batting .420 with five home runs and 13 RBI during a 12-game hitting streak.
  • Dylan Beavers, who continues to lead the Pac-12 in home runs (15), has reached base safely in 22 consecutive games. In that span, Beavers is slashing .350/.514/.738 with 19 extra-base hits, 25 bases on balls and 27 runs scored.
  • Junior right-handed pitchers Steven Zobac (2-3, 5.11 ERA) and Joseph King (3-3, 4.00) will make their eighth and 13th starts of the season on Friday and Saturday. In three starts against non-conference foes, King has logged 14.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and a .240 batting average against.
  • Cal is riding a three-game losing streak, having suffered a series sweep at No. 11 Stanford last weekend. The Bears have neither won or lost more than three consecutive games all season.

 
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