Cal Baseball Upsets No. 8 Oregon State, 4-0
April 14, 2007
CORVALLIS, ORE. - In possibly its best all-around game of the 2007 season, the California baseball team upset and shut out No. 8-ranked and defending national champion Oregon State, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in Corvallis. The Golden Bears, led by starting junior right-hander Alex Rollin and a three-run seventh inning, even their record to 18-18 overall and improved to 3-5 in the Pac-10. The Beavers dropped to 27-8 and 3-5 in league play. It was the first time Oregon State had been shut out since 2003, and the first time OSU had been shut out at Coleman Field/Goss Stadium since 2002.
Rollin improved his record to 7-2, throwing a solid 6.0 innings with four hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Relievers Craig Bennigson and Matt Gorgen also preformed well. Sophomore left-hander Bennigson (1.0 inning, no hits, two walks, one strikeout) came in with two runners on in the seventh inning and was able to get out of the inning unscathed. Sophomore right-hander Gorgen threw the final 2.0 innings of shutout ball (three hits, one strikeout), including getting out of the bottom of the ninth inning after the Beavers had loaded the bases on three infield hits.
Cal got its first run off of OSU starter Joe Paterson (5-4, 6.2 innings, seven hits, four runs, two walks, five strikeouts) in the fifth inning when junior center fielder Taylor Grigsby led off with a single to left and later scored on sophomore shortstop Michael Brady's squeeze bunt. The Bears added three insurance runs in the seventh when Brady had an RBI double, sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler scored Brady with a single up the middle, and freshman designated hitter Rich Gorman scored Cutler with a single down the right field line.
Grigsby (2-for-4, double) and Gorman (2-for-4, RBI) finished with two hits apiece for the Bears, while Brady had two RBI with a double.
The Bears will next play the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series against Oregon State, Sunday, Apr. 15 at 1 p.m. at Coleman Field at Goss Stadium. The series is tied one apiece and the Beavers won Friday's contest, 1-0.
Oregon State: None.
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