Cougs to face Golden Bears

Cougs have one three of last four conference games, look to keep momentum against Cal



WSU infielder Elijah Hainline sprints toward first base during an NCAA collegiate baseball game against Utah, April 1, at Bailey-Brayton Field.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball (12-19) is set to host the Cal Golden Bears (16-16) for a three-game series starting today. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.

The Cougs are coming off their first conference series win of 2022, taking two of three games against then-ranked No. 9 Arizona. WSU has won three of their last four conference games and looks to add to their win total against a Cal team that has been hot as of late.

Cal is ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with a 7-8 record. The Golden Bears are coming off a series win against the Washington Huskies and a victory over the Saint Mary’s Gaels. Other notable wins so far this season for the Golden Bears include a series win over then-ranked No. 25 USC and a win against No. 6 Oregon State. 

The Golden Bears are led offensively by Keshawn Ogans and Nathan Martorella. They both have 43 hits on the season and almost the same batting average. Ogans sits at a .336 average, while Martorella holds a .328 average. Dylan Beavers is the current RBI leader for Cal with 35, good for second-best in the conference. Beavers also has 37 hits on 128 at-bats for an average of .289. His 11 home runs put him first in the Pac-12 for homers. 

Pitching for the Golden Bears is led by Joseph King and Josh White. King has logged 46 innings and 39 strikeouts while giving up 13 runs on 43 hits for an ERA of 2.54. White has 60 strikeouts and has given up 31 runs on 46 hits for an ERA of 5.02. White’s 60 put-outs are good for third-most strikeouts in the conference. King has a 3-1 pitching record on the season, putting him in 13th place in the Pac-12. 

Other notable pitchers for the Golden Bears with over 25 innings are Sam Stoutenborough and Ian May. Stoutenborough has logged 31 innings with 23 strikeouts for a 4.35 ERA. May has logged 30 innings with 28 strikeouts for a 5.34 ERA. May also has a save on the season. 

When Cal gets on base, WSU needs to be ready for steals. Caleb Lomavita currently sits fifth in the conference with 10 stolen bases. Beavers has stolen four bases on seven attempts.

After the three-game series against the Golden Bears, the Cougs head to Bellevue for a two-game series against Seattle University, beginning Tuesday.