Cal Baseball Falls to No. 9 Oregon State, 9-7

April 23, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - After battling back to a 6-6 tie, California gave up three runs in the last two innings and ended up falling, 9-7, to No. 9 ranked Oregon State Sunday afternoon in a Pac-10 game at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears dropped to 19-20 overall and 6-9 in the conference, while the Beavers improved to 28-9 and 9-3 in league play. OSU captured Friday and Saturday's contests by 5-2 scores to sweep the series.

Despite the loss, Cal got productive offensive days from senior designated hitter Rob Nesbitt, who went 4-for-4 with a RBI double; and junior second baseman Brett Munster, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Senior shortstop Allen Craig hit his eighth home run of the season in the ninth inning to get the Bears within 9-7.

The winning pitcher for OSU was reliever Eddie Kunz (3-0), who threw 2.3 innings with two hits and no runs. Kevin Gunderson earned his 12th save of the season throwing the ninth inning (two hits, one run). After Craig's home run off of Gunderson, Brennan Boesch pounded a hard-hit single to right, but Chris Errecart lined-out to second base to force a double play to end the game.

The losing pitcher for Cal was senior reliever Alex Trafton (1-3), who gave up the Beavers' go ahead run in the top of the eighth after walking the lead-off batter, Shea McFeely, and later giving up an RBI single up the middle to Chris Kunda. OSU added two more runs in the top of the ninth off of Bear senior reliever Jeremy Burchett, who walked Darwin Barney and gave up a double to Cole Gillsepie to begin the ninth, and later gave up a two-run single to McFeely.

Cal started the day's scoring with three runs in the second inning off of OSU starter Mike Stutes (5.7 innings, six hits, four runs, one earned run, no walks, four strikeouts), with a sacrifice fly to left by Mike Van Winden, a RBI double by Nesbitt and a RBI single by Munster. The Beavers came back with six runs in the top of the fourth when Bear starter Michael Cooper gave up back-to-back hits to start the inning, and hit Cole Gillespie on a 0-2 count to load the bases. Mitch Canham then hit into a potential double play ball, but Craig's throwing error allowed the second run in the inning to score. Bill Rowe followed with a RBI single, and later Scott Santschi had a two-run triple to center and Kunda added an RBI double.

The Bears were able to tie the game, 6-6, in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double by Munster, and a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin.

Cal will next travel to the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 1 p.m. to face the University of San Francisco in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic. The Bears then return to Pac-10 action for a three-game series versus UCLA, beginning Friday, Apr. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Oregon State: None.

Cal: Craig, solo home run in the ninth inning.

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