Cal Baseball Falls to Oregon State, 6-5.
April 6, 2001
CORVALLIS, OR - Oregon State's Chris Biles hit a two-strike, two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth against Cal reliever David Cash to lead OSU to a 6-5 victory Friday at Coleman Field/Goss Stadium. The Bears fall to 19-15 on the season and 5-5 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improve to 20-12 overall and 4-3 in conference.
It was Cal's 14th one-run game of the year, now going 5-9 in those tight contests.
Biles game-winning RBI single came after Cash (6-2, 1.7 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, four strikeouts) struck out Bryan Ingram, gave up a singles to Josh Carter and Andy Jarvis and struck out Brian Bardon in the ninth.
The Bears were down 3-0 when sophomore Ben Conley hit his first collegiate home run in the third inning to get Cal on the scoreboard. The Bears then battled back from a 5-1 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth inning on an RBI ground out by John Baker and a two-run throwing error by OSU pitcher Thad Johnson, followed by a solo home run by senior Rob Meyer in the sixth inning.
The winning pitcher for Oregon State was Johnson (4-4), who threw 9.0 innings with eight hits, five runs, three earned runs, no walks and an impressive 14 strikeouts. Cal starter, Trevor Hutchinson, was not sharp early, having to sit out two rain delays, still threw 7.0 innings with 13 hits, five runs, one walk and six strikeouts.
Conley and freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich had two hits apiece for the Bears. OSU had 16 hits for the game, led by Jarvis, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI, including a solo home run in the third inning.
Cal will next take on Oregon State in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Apr. 7 at 1 p.m. at Goss Stadium/Coleman Field in Corvallis, OR.
Cal: Conley, solo home run in the third inning. Meyer, solo home run in the sixth inning.
Oregon State: Jarvis, solo home run in the third inning.