Bears Baseball Down Beavers 12-1 In Series Finale
April 8, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State fell short in its bid to sweepCalifornia in Pacific-10 baseball Sunday afternoon, losing the series finale12-1 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU (21-13 overall, 5-4 Pacific-10)had taken the first two games of the series, the Beavers have won two oftheir three conference series this spring and have won 13 of their last 18games.
'Any time you win a series in the Pac-10, you've got to feel goodabout it,' OSU coach Pat Casey said. 'But we need to find a way to playbetter on Sundays - especially at home, after we've won the first twogames.'
Despite the loss, Oregon State maintained sole possession of thirdplace in the Pac-10 standings. The Beavers host Portland in a non-conferencegame Tuesday at 3 p.m., then go to Stanford for a Pac-10 series nextThursday through Saturday.
On Sunday, OSU failed to cash in on a pair of early scoring chancesagainst California (20-16, 6-6).
'We talk about pitching and playing defense all the time, and wedidn't do a very good job of either one today,' Casey said. 'We also hadsome opportunities early to put some runs on the board, and that could havechanged the momentum of the game. But we dug ourselves a hole and we neverreally threatened.'
In the first inning, the Beavers loaded the bases with two outagainst Cal starter Ryan Atkinson but Brian Barden flied out to deepcenterfield to end the threat. The Golden Bears then took a 5-0 lead off OSUstarter Mark McLemore in the top of the third inning, with the big inningcapped by a three-run double by Clint Hoover.
The Beavers were on the verge of getting back in the game when theyloaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the third inning, but AndyJarvis struck out and Barden flied out to left field. Cal made it 7-0 in thetop of the fourth when Rob Meyer and Jeff Dragicevich homered off Beaverreliever Chris Wilkins.
OSU's only run came in the bottom of the fourth, when Curtis Davisreached on an error and scored on a groundout by Eric Stark.
Bryan Ingram stretched his hitting streak to 12 games for OSU, going1-for-3. Stephen Copeland was 2-for-3 for the Beavers and Josh Carter was2-for-4, Carter's fifth straight two-hit game. Oregon State finished withsix hits, just the 11th time this season OSU has been held under 10 hits ina game.
For California, Dragicevich and Meyer were both 3-for-4 with homers,Hoover was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Brian Horwitz was 2-for-5.David Cash earned the win in relief, going four innings and allowing oneunearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out three.
CALIFORNIA 12, OREGON STATE 1
California 005 201 13 - 12 13 1
Oregon State 000 100 00 - 1 6 4
Atkinson, Cash (4), Brown (8) and Wyman, Kahoalii (8). McLemore,Wilkins (4), Wray (4), Rowe (4), Hays (7) and Ingram. WP-Cash (7-2).LP-McLemore (0-3). 2B-Hoover 2 (UC), C. White (UC). HR-Wyman (UC), Meyer(UC), Dragicevich (UC).
HITS: California 13 (C. Jackson 1x4, Horwitz 2x5, Hoover 2x4, C.White 1x4, Wyman 1x4, Meyer 3x4, Dragicevich 3x4), Oregon State 6 (Ingram1x3, Biles 1x4, Carter 2x4, Copeland 2x3). RUNS BATTED IN: California 11 (C.Jackson 1, Horwitz 1, Hoover 3, C. White 2, Wyman 2, Meyer 1, Dragicevich1), Oregon State 1 (Stark 1).