No. 7 Cal Baseball Defeats Two-time Defending National Champion Oregon State, 5-2
April 4, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by the pitching of junior right-hander Tyson Ross and some timely hitting, the No. 7-ranked California baseball team defeated two-time defending national champion Oregon State, 5-2, Friday in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 20-6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference. The Beavers dropped to 14-9 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Ross improved his record to 5-0 on the season by pitching 7.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, three walks and a season-high nine strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Daniel Wolford then came in to pitch a successful eighth inning (1.0 inning, two hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) before junior closer Matt Gorgen earned his sixth save of the season by pitching the ninth with one hit and one strikeout. Ross now has 235 career strikeouts, which places him tied for fourth (with Bryan Price, 1981-84) on the Cal all-time list, while Gorgen earned his 17th career save, which places him fourth on the Bears' career save list.
Cal scored two runs off of OSU starter Mike Stutes (2-4, 7.0 innings, 10 hits, five runs, two earned runs, four walks, six strikeouts) in the bottom of the first when sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman led-off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a Stutes' wild pitch, and scored on a passed by Beaver catcher Ryan Ortiz. The Bears later got their second run of the inning on sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson's fielder's choice RBI.
Cal added another run in the third on junior left fielder Charlie Cutler's RBI ground out to first base after the Bears had started off the inning with three straight hits (Blake Smith, Dylan Tonneson, Michael Brady) off of Stutes.
Oregon State finally answered with two runs in the top of the fourth off of Ross, on an RBI single by first baseman Jordan Lennerton, and on a run-scoring double play ball by Chris Hopkins. But that was the end of the Beavers' scoring as the Bears' pitching was able to hold off OSU (which left 13 runners on base). Cal's offense scored two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth on Jackson's RBI single to right field, and Smith's RBI groundout.
Jackson finished the game with two hits and two RBI for the Bears. Senior second baseman Josh Satin (2-for-4, double) and Smith (2-for-4, RBI) also had a pair of hits for Cal.
The Bears will next play Oregon State in the second game of the three-game conference series, Saturday, Apr. 5, at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Oregon State: None.