California Golden Bears (4-7) at Pepperdine Waves (6-4)
Where: Eddy D. Field Stadium (Malibu, CA)
Online Streams: W.TV
When & Probable Starters
Friday, March 10, 2 p.m.
Cal: RHP Tanner Dodson (0-3, 3.78 ERA)
Pepperdine: LHP Ryan Wilson (1-1, 1.53)
Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.
Cal: RHP Jared Horn (0-1, 6.23)
Pepperdine: RHP Max Gamboa (1-1, 6.32)
Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m.
Cal: RHP Rogelio Reyes (1-1, 5.59)
Pepperdine: RHP Wil Jensen (1-1, 4.32)
On the heel of splitting a 4 game series with Gonzaga, the California Golden Bears will take on another WCC team this weekend. Bears will travel to Malibu for this three game series and have their games streamed for free for the first time this season.
Friday starter Tanner Dodson is the only familiar face in the starting lineup for the Bears (although closer Erik Martinez should also be familiar to Cal fans) in 2017. The sophomore righty is 0 for 3 on the season despite a respectable ERA. The Bears have lost the opening game of all 3 series this year. Righty freshman Jared Horn is probably the one Bear with the most upside right now. A potential late 1st round to early 2nd round pick in the MLB Draft last summer, Horn only wasn’t taken that high due to his firm commitment to Cal. Freshman Rogelio Reyes has taken over the Sunday starter role after an injury to Cal starter Matt Ladrech.
Golden Bears won 2 out of 3 at home against Cal Poly (of Big West Conference) before being swept in a 4 game series by then No.11 Texas Tech (of Big 12 Conference). Bears split a 4 game series at home against Gonzaga (of West Coast Conference) before this weekend’s series against another WCC foe in Pepperdine.
A typical Cal lineup recently consists of:
Your Golden Bear starters in the final game of this four game series with Gonzaga pic.twitter.com/Is0BRXvRcP— Cal Baseball (@Cal_Baseball) March 5, 2017
3B Denis Karas is the only guy who got some play time with the Bears late last year. Freshman Andrew Vaughn is the co-leader in homers on the team with 2. Cameron Eden is the surprising leader in batting average.
The Pepperdine Waves opened their season with a 3 game home sweep of Saint Joseph. They won 1 of 3 at Texas A&M before taking 2 of 3 at Rice. They also lost a single game to Sam Houston State, playing in between the Texas A&M and Rice series.
It should be interesting to see if the Bears can win a road game or even take the series this weekend.