Cal Baseball Defeats Oregon State, 8-3

May 12, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - Led by the hitting of sophomores Noah and Conor Jackson, and the pitching of freshman Matt Swanson and senior Matt Payne, Cal defeated Oregon State, 8-3, Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Bears swept the Beavers to improve to 29-26 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fall to 30-18 and 9-9 in conference. Cal defeated OSU, 13-7, Friday, and 2-1 in 15 innings Saturday.

The Bears came back from a 3-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning on an RBI ground out by Jeff Dragicevich, an RBI single by David Nicholson and back-to-back RBI singles by Conor Jackson and John Baker. Cal essentially put the game away in the sixth inning on a two-run homer by designated hitter Noah Jackson. The Bears eighth run came in the seventh inning when Noah Jackson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman starter Matt Swanson (1-0), who threw a career-high 6.7 innings with five hits, three runs, five walks and a career-high five strikeouts. Senior reliever Matt Payne pitched well in the final 2.3 innings, giving up three hits with no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

At the plate, Conor Jackson was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the fourth inning. Noah Jackson finished the contest 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI. Other top hitters for Cal were Nicholson (2-for-5, RBI) and junior center fielder Nick Medrano, who was 2-for-4 with a triple.

The losing pitcher for OSU was starter Mark Lemore (2-4, 4.7 innings, five hits, four earned runs, one walk, one strikeout). Andy Jarvis had an RBI single for the Beavers in the first inning, Chris Biles had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Aaron Mathews hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

The Bears will next travel to San Jose State, Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium, to conclude the 2002 season.

Home Runs:

Oregon State: Mathews, solo home run in the fifth inning.

Cal: N. Jackson, two-run home run in the sixth inning.

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