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Bears Wrap Up Road Trip Across The Bay

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BERKELEY – The California baseball team wraps up its four-game homestand on Tuesday when it makes the trip across the Bay Bridge to take on Bay Area rival San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start and will be streamed on ESPN+.
 
The Bears (12-5) are coming off a series defeat at the hands of Oregon. Cal took the opener by a score of 13-1 but could not clinch the series, with the Ducks taking the rubber match 10-3 on Sunday.
 
USF (13-7) lost two of three last weekend to Creighton in Omaha, Neb. In Sunday’s defeat, the Dons’ rally in the ninth fell short when they left the bases loaded, falling 7-3. San Francisco is 10-3 at home this year.
 
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  • Cal is 1-2 on the road this year after falling to the Ducks last weekend, its first true road series of the season.
  • The Bears went 12-13 on the road last season – including a 9-9 mark in Pac-12 play. Cal is 59-63 in road contests and 39-38 in road Pac-12 contests under head coach Mike Neu.
  • The Bears are 8-3 in nonconference play this season following a 5-0 win over rival Stanford on Mar. 5. They are hitting .289 in nonconference games as a team with four players hitting north of .300. Cal is averaging 7.5 runs per game while allowing just 6.1 runs per contest.
  • The Bears sport a staff ERA of 5.10, which ranks in the top-100 in the nation. Cal is averaging 10.9 strikeouts per game, which ranks 43rd in the nation.
  • Cal’s 12-5 mark is the second-best start through 17 games in the Mike Neu era. The best start was the 2018 squad that opened the year 13-4 en route to a 32-win season.  
  • Cal hit four home runs over the weekend – the Bears have hit 29 on the year, which ranks 42nd in the nation and third in the Pac-12. At their current pace of 1.71 home runs per game, the Bears are on pace to eclipse the program record of 86 home runs set in 1999.
  • Over his last four appearances, Tyler Stasiowski has thrown 6.1 innings, surrendering two hits with no runs with nine strikeouts. In the 8th and 9th innings this season, he has made five appearances going 6.1 innings, scattering three hits without allowing a run and striking out 10. Opponents are hitting just .111 against him in that situation.
  • Jarren Advincula is riding a seven-game hitting streak – which is the longest on the team in 2024. He has also reached base in eight consecutive games. During his seven-game hitting streak, Advincula is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with a double, triple, and home run. His six RBI during that stretch is second on the team.
  • After his two-home run performance against the Ducks on Friday night, catcher Caleb Lomavita now has 31 career home runs, which is tied with David Cooper (2007-08) for ninth on the program’s all-time list. With one more home run he will tie former major leaguer Lance Blankenship (1983-86) for eighth all-time.

 
SERIES HISTORY

  • Tuesday will be the 180th meeting between the Bears and Dons. Cal owns a 131-48 advantage in the series. Under Mike Neu, the Bears are 8-4 against the Dons. Last time out, Cal defeated USF 17-3 in seven innings last April at Stu Gordon Stadium.

 
UP NEXT
Cal returns to Pac-12 play when it hosts Utah for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:05 p.m.
 
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