NCAA Baseball News

May Returns To Mound In Cal Loss At ASU


PHOENIX – Ian May made a successful return to the mound after more than a year away due to injury but the California baseball team fell to Arizona State 9-6 on Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

May, who began the 2023 season by throwing 16 scoreless innings before having to shut it down due to an elbow injury, made the start for the Golden Bears and registered two scoreless innings before departing after throwing 28 pitches. He allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

The Bears (15-10, 5-7 Pac-12) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in each of the first two innings before the Sun Devils scored six runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to surge in front. Cal, which staged a comeback in each of the three games in the series before falling, answered with four runs of its own in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-6. Jarren Advincula had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single with the bases loaded and one out to make it 8-5. The Bears tacked on one more on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Caleb Lomavita.

Freshman Oliver Boone pitched three strong innings of relief to close out the game, allowing just a solo home run in the seventh while striking out two.

Advincula, PJ Moutzouridis, Max Handron and Jag Burden each had two hits for Cal, which outhit the Sun Devils 10-9.

The Bears open a five-game homestand Tuesday evening at Stu Gordon Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.






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