Baseball Loses Series Opener At California
April 30, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - Carter Bell finished with three hits for the fourth time this season, but the Oregon State baseball team lost its series opener at No. 23 California, 11-3, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond.
Bell went 3-for-4 Friday, finishing with his seventh multiple-hit game of the season. He singled in the third, sixth and ninth innings, becoming one of three Beavers to record an RBI - the others were Danny Hayes and Michael Miller - doing so in the sixth.
Hayes' came on a check swing single in the fifth that got the Beavers on the board. Bell's, meanwhile, came on a lined single to left.
Miller finished OSU's (21-15 overall, 4-9 Pacific-10 Conference) scoring tally with a single up the middle in the ninth, scoring Bell from second.
All told the Beavers finished with 12 hits off California pitchers Erik Johnson, Kevin Miller and Daniel Wolford, but it wasn't enough to deter a California offense that tallied 14 hits.
Greg Peavey took the loss after throwing 79 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed a career-best 11 hits to go along with nine runs - seven earned - and two walks while he struck out two.
Peavey dropped to 3-2 on the year.
Johnson picked up the win after going six full innings. He allowed eight hits and two runs while walking four and striking out eight. He improved to 6-2 this season.
California opened the game's scoring with three runs in the third. Mark Canha drove in the first run by reach on a bases-loaded fielder's choice, then moved to third when he and Tony Renda attempted a double steal. Renda stole him, Canha got second and then moved to third on a throwing error.
Canha scored the game's third run when Chad Bunting reached on a bunt single.
The Golden Bears (24-15, 9-7) added to their lead with two more in the fourth. Austin Booker drove in the inning's first run with a double down the left field line, and scored when Renda singled through the left side of the infield.
Hayes and Bell's run-scoring singles in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, capped a small rally for the Beavers that saw them pull within three runs, 5-2. But the Golden Bears broke the game open with four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Brian Guinn paced California with three hits while both Bunting and Danny Oh tallied two apiece. Every California starter accounted for at least one hit.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. Two lefties will square off when OSU's Tanner Robles (4-4, 3.66) goes against Cal's Justin Jones (8-3, 3.20).
Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Associate head coach Marty Lees served as the head coach for the game ... Head coach Pat Casey remained in Corvallis to attend to a family medical matter ... Casey is expected back in the dugout for Saturday's game ...California's Erik Johnson marked the 26th right-hander to start against OSU this season ... The game marked the second start all-time for Greg Peavey against California and his 16th all-time away from Goss Stadium.
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