Cal Baseball Defeats Oregon State, 2-1, In 15 Innings
May 11, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Cal freshman left fielder Justin Nelson hit a sharp single that got past Oregon State first baseman Andy Jarvis in the 15th inning, scoring John Baker and giving Cal a 2-1 extra-inning victory. The Bears won the five hour and 10 minute affair to improve to 28-26 overall and 10-13 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fall to 30-17 and 9-8 in conference. Cal defeated OSU, 13-7, Friday.
Both teams had several opportunities to win the game with the Bears leaving 17 runners on base and the Beavers leaving 14 runners on base. Cal won the game when Baker led off the 15th with a single up the middle off of OSU reliever Jared Sanders (1-4, 5.7 innings, seven hits, one run, two walks, one strikeout). Brian Horwitz then bunted a ball down the first base line in which Sanders was not able to handle. Sanders then walked David Weiner to load the bases and set up Nelson's game-winning RBI.
The winning pitcher for Bears was freshman reliever Jesse Ingram (5-2), who replaced Trevor Hutchinson in the ninth inning and pitched 6.7 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Both Hutchinson and OSU starting pitcher Stephen Copeland threw well. Hutchinson pitched 8.3 innings with nine hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts. Copeland went 8.3 innings with four hits, no earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts.
Baker again led Cal at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the fifth inning. He was 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI Friday. Nelson and Conor Jackson added two hits apiece for the Bears. Brian Barden was 3-for-7 with a double and Aaron Mathews had a fielder's choice RBI for the Beavers in the seventh inning.
The Bears will next play Oregon State in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Oregon State: None.