Cal Baseball Defeats Oregon, 14-1
April 17, 2009
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Behind strong pitching from freshman right-hander Erik Johnson and home runs from junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus, freshman right fielder Danny Oh and freshman catcher Chadd Krist, the Cal baseball team defeated Oregon, 14-1, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who had defeated UC Davis, 21-4, on Wednesday, improved to 17-18 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-10. The Ducks, who prior to this season hadn't fielded a baseball team since 1981, dropped to 12-22 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
Johnson improved his record to 3-3 by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with six hits, one run, one walk and a career-high six strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Yasser Clor pitched the ninth inning for Cal (1.0 inning, no hits, no runs). The losing pitcher for Oregon was freshman left-hander Tyler Anderson (1.1 innings, seven hits, nine runs, three walks, one strikeout).
The Bears did most of their damage in the first two innings. Cal scored two runs in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Kobernus and an RBI single up the middle by Smith. In the second inning the Bears exploded for seven runs, highlighted by a bases loaded walk by sophomore first baseman Mark Canha, a grand slam by Kobernus and a two-run homer by Oh.
In the sixth inning Cal added two more runs on sophomore left fielder Dwight Tanaka's two-run double to right center field. In the eighth inning the Bears scored three more times off of Duck reliever Chris Garrison (6.2 innings, nine hits, five runs, one walk, two strikeouts) on pinch-hitter Chad Bunting's RBI double and Krist's two-run homer to left center field.
Smith finished the day 3-for-3 with a double and RBI, while junior center fielder Brett Jackson (2-for-5, double), Canha (2-for-4, two doubles, RBI), Kobernus (2-for-3, grand slam, five RBI), Oh (2-for-5, two-run homer) and Tanaka (2-for-5, double, two RBI) had two hits apiece.
Cal will next play the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series versus Oregon, Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Admission is free as part of Cal Day.