Cal Baseball Again Loses to No. 9 Oregon State, 5-2
April 22, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - California was not able to hold on to a 2-0 lead, giving up five runs in the last four innings to fall to No. 9 ranked Oregon State, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in a Pac-10 game at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears dropped to 19-19 overall and 6-8 in the conference, while the Beavers improved to 27-9 and 8-3 in league play. OSU captured Friday's game, 5-2, as well. The two teams play the third game of the series, Sunday, Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal was able to jump on the scoreboard first, tallying two runs in the fifth inning off of the Beavers' winning pitcher Jonah Nickerson (7-3, 7.0 innings, seven hits, two runs, two walks, seven strikeouts). With two outs in the fifth, senior designated hitter Rob Nesbitt hit a single, followed by junior third baseman Brett Munsters' RBI triple down the right field line. Munster later scored on a Nickerson wild pitch.
However, OSU game back with a run in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Scott Santschi off of Cal's freshman starter Tyson Ross (5.7 innings, four hits, one run, six walks, four strikeouts), a run in the seventh on a RBI groundout by Bill Rowe, the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a RBI single by Chris Kunda off of the Bears' losing pitcher Matt Gorgen (2-4, 0.3 inning, two hits, one run), and two runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Shea McFeely and John Wallace off of Cal reliever Jeremy Burchett.
Kunda, Cole Gillespie, McFeely and Wallace finished with two hits apiece for the Beavers. Munster, Nesbitt and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere had two hits each for the Bears. OSU left 14 runners on base after Cal was able to hold the Beavers scoreless through the first five innings.
Oregon State: None.