Cal Baseball Tops Oregon State, 8-6
March 29, 2003
CORVALLIS, OR - Cal came back from a 5-1 deficit, highlighted by a four-run sixth inning, to defeat Oregon State, 8-6, Saturday at Coleman Field in Corvallis, OR. The Bears improve to 16-13 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fell to 13-12 and 1-1 in league play. OSU had defeated Cal, 8-6, Friday night.
The Bears did an impressive job of battling back from the 5-1 deficit, scoring four runs in the sixth inning behind a two-run single by Conor Jackson, a RBI ground out by Chris Grossman and a RBI single by James Holder. Cal also received solid relief pitching from sophomore closer Jesse Ingram, who earned his fifth save of the season, pitching the final 3.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore reliever Brent Hale (1-2, 1.7 innings, no hits, no earned runs, two walks, one strikeout), who came in in the 4th inning. Sophomore Travis Talbott also performed well in relief, pitching an inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout, setting up Ingram's appearance. The losing pitcher was OSU reliever Mike Ekstrom (1.7 innings, four hits, four runs, one walk), who entered the game in the fifth inning.
Cal had taken a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Grossman in the top of the first inning, but the Beavers countered by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and two runs in the second off of Bear starter Brian Montalbo. The Bears chipped away at the 5-1 OSU lead by scoring a run in the fourth inning on a Justin Nelson RBI double and a run in the fifth on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch by Ben Conley. Finally, Cal was able to explode for four runs in the sixth against Beaver reliever Ekstrom.
OSU scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a RBI groundout by Jacoby Ellsbury to get within 7-6, but the Bears tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Nelson for the final 8-6 margin.
The Bears will next play Oregon State in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, Mar. 30 at 1 p.m. at Coleman Field/Goss Stadium.
Oregon State: None.