Cal Baseballs Falls to No. 8 Oregon State, 1-0
April 13, 2007
CORVALLIS, ORE. - In yet another 1-0 loss against a ranked opponent after a stellar pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, the California baseball team lost its 10th one-run game of the year, this time to No. 8-ranked and defending national champion Oregon State Friday night in Corvallis. The Golden Bears fell to 17-18 and 2-5 in the Pac-10. The Beavers upped their record to 27-7 and 3-4 in league play.
Oregon State scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. OSU catcher Mitch Canham led off the inning with a double to left-center field, followed by Mike Lissman's RBI single hit down the left field line, bouncing off diving senior third baseman Brett Munster's glove and allowing Canham to score. Ross (3-5) ended up doing a great job of getting out of the sixth inning, striking out Chris Hopkins with the bases loaded, to limit the Beavers.
Ross has now gone at least six innings in all 11 of his outings this season, including getting a no decision last Thursday when he threw 8.0 shutout innings at Arizona. Ross finished the game throwing 125 pitches in 6.0 innings with six hits, one run, four walks and eight strikeouts.
The winning pitcher for Oregon State was starter Mike Stutes (8-1), who went 7.1 innings with three hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Reliever Eddie Kunz earned his fifth save of the year, throwing the final 1.2 innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Freshmen outfielders Jeff Kobernus and Blake Smith, junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky and sophomore outfielder Michael Capbarat recorded the Bears' four hits on the night. Smith also relieved Ross in the seventh inning and threw 1.1 innings with no hits, no walks and one strikeout. Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson threw the final 0.2 innings, yielding a double to Jordan Lennerton, but getting out of the eighth inning with no runs, one walk and one strikeout.
The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series against Oregon State, Saturday, Apr. 14 at 1 p.m. at Coleman Field at Goss Stadium.
Oregon State: None.