No. 7 Cal Baseball Defeats Oregon State, 9-3, In Game Two of Series
April 5, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - No. 7-ranked Cal pounded out 13 hits and received outstanding relief pitching from freshman right-hander Kevin Miller, defeating two-time defending national champion Oregon State, 9-3, Saturday in the second game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who won, 5-2, Friday to captured the series from the Beavers for the first time since 2002, improved to 21-6-1 overall and 4-1 in conference. The Beavers dropped to 14-10 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Miller improved his record to 5-0 as he relieved Cal starter Craig Bennigson in the third inning and proceeded to throw a career-high 6.2 innings with only one hit, no runs, three walks and a career-high seven strikeouts against OSU. The frosh right-hander from Valley Christian High School in San Jose continued his phenomenal rookie season as he has yet to give up an earned run in 38.2 innings, recording 38 strikeouts.
On the offensive end, the Bears scored nine runs on 13 hits with junior shortstop Michael Brady hitting a three-run triple in the second inning and junior first baseman David Cooper hitting a two-run homer in the third inning. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus also went 3-for-5, and Charlie Cutler, Brett Jackson and Blake Smith recorded two hits apiece as well.
The Beavers started the day's scoring with a run in the top of the first on Ryan Ortiz's RBI single off of Bennigson. Cal answered with three runs in the bottom of the second off of OSU starter James Nygren (0-1, 2.1 innings, five hits, seven runs, two walks), highlighted by Brady's three-run triple to left-center field. Oregon State came back to tie the game, 3-3, with two runs in the top of the third on Jason Ogata's two-run double.
But Cooper's 12th home run of the season and RBIs by sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson and Brady sealed it for Cal in the bottom of the third inning as Miller shut down OSU the rest of the way. The Bears added a run in the fourth inning on senior second baseman Josh Satin's sacrifice fly, and another run in the eighth inning on Jackson's RBI single to for the final, 9-3, win.
The Bears will play Oregon State in the final game of the three-game conference series, Sunday, Apr. 6, at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Oregon State: None.
Cal: Cooper, two-run homer in the third inning.