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Cal Baseball vs. Arizona Friday Gamethread

In a season of streaks, the Bears (16-13, 5-5) need to get on a winning one.The defending NCAA Champs, Arizona (18-11, 3-6), stands in the way this weekend. GO BEARS!

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California Golden Bears (16-13, 5-5) at Arizona Wildcats (18-11, 3-6)

When: 6 PM PT

Video: Pac-12 Digital (Free, no subscription required)

Audio: KALX

Live stats: Gametracker

Pitching matchup: Cal's RHP Ryan Mason (4-0, 2.37) vs. Arizona's RHP Konner Wade (2-2, 3.99)

After a disappointing week, result wise, see my Week in Review article, the Bears are back on the road to try to get back some momentum. To be fair, the Bears have been in most of the games that they have lost, but the lack of that timely hit or to get that big out have plagued the Bears.

Cal will try to right the ship by sending out their ace, freshman righty Ryan Mason. Pegged as a possible end of the game type of guy, Mason has emerged as the friday ace for the Bears. The Bears will count on him to be the stopper, after dropping the non-conference game to Furd on Monday. In his last outing, Mason struggled with allowing a bunch of baserunners to USC in that historical first night game at Evans Diamond. He was able to limit the damage, however, by allowing just 3 runs in 7 innings.

In Arizona, the Bears face a team that is equally inconsistent. After opening Pac-12 play with 6 straight losses to the Oregon schools, the Wildcats have bounced back with 3 straight win over Utah (at home). By the way, a road sweep of Utah was actually a big part of the Bears' own 8 game win streak from earlier in the year. A quick glance below shows that Jr 3B Brandon Dixon is the offensive leader for the Cats, although their entire offense is among the leader of the Pac-12, particularly their 63 conference leading stolen bases. Cal catcher Andrew Knapp would be tasked to stop their running game this weekend (although not allowing them to get on base is the surefire way to keep that in check). Zona starter Wade is coming off a 6 inning outing where he strikeout 8 while giving up 3 runs (only 2 earned).

Stats comparison (and Arizona stat leaders) courtesy of Arizona's game note.

California vs. Arizona Statistical Comparison Arizona Statistical Leaders
California Stat Arizona Stat Player
16-13 (5-4 Pac-12) Record 18-11 (3-6 Pac-12) Avg. Brandon Dixon (.413)
.267 Avg. .308 Hits Brandon Dixon (45)
140 Runs 199 Runs Brandon Dixon (38)
260 Hits 288 RBI Trent Gilbert (35)
42 2B 33 2B Johnny Field (7)
4 3B 22 HR Brandon Dixon (4)
17 HR 7 OB% Brandon Dixon (.492)
11-20 SB-ATT 63-81 SLG% Brandon Dixon (.651)
.348 OB% .408 SB Brandon Dixon (22)
.370 SLG% .413 ERA Mathew Troupe (0.90)
4.20 ERA 3.57 IP Konner Wade (47.1)
205 K's 204 K's James Farris (37)

Videos for all 3 games of the series will be available, with the Sunday game (noon PT) on ESPNU.