Cal Baseball Defeats Oregon State, 19-13
March 30, 2003
CORVALLIS, OR - In a game that included 10 home runs and a total of 38 hits and 32 runs, Cal defeated Oregon State, 19-13, Sunday at Coleman Field in Corvallis, OR. The Bears improve to 17-13 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers fell to 13-13 and 1-2 in league play. OSU had defeated Cal, 8-6, Friday night, but the Bears won Saturday's contest, 8-6.
Leading hitter for Cal was sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson, who went 3-for-4 with three home runs and fiveRBI, including an inside the park home run in the top of the ninth inning. Nelson is now one of four players in Bear history to have hit three home runs in a game, joining Kevin Maas (versus Arizona State, Apr. 26, 1986), Matt Luke (versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla.) and Jon Zuber (versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla.). Junior catcher Chris Grossman also hit well for Cal, going 4-for-6 with two RBI. Sophomore first baseman James Holder and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich hit home runs for the Bears and collected two hits apiece as well.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore starter Kyle Crist, who improved his record to 2-1 by throwing 5.3 innings with seven hits, two earned runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Losing pitcher for OSU was starter Stephen Copeland (2-3, 5.3 innings, seven hits, six earned runs, no walks, five strikeouts).
Cal scored four runs in the fourth inning on a pair of two-run homers by Holder and Nelson. The Bears later broke open a 7-4 advantage by scoring eight runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a couple of run scoring doubles by Holder and junior third baseman Conor Jackson. However, the Bears were not able to hold the 15-4 lead, giving up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and five runs in the eighth on four Beaver home runs. Fortunately for Cal, it was able to keep some cushion when Nelson hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth, and in the ninth Dragicevich had a RBI single and Nelson had two-run homer on his inside the park shot to center field.
A home run for OSU was negated in the sixth inning when Seth Pietsch was called out for passing Andy Jarvis on the basepaths after Pietsch hit the ball over the center field fence.
The Bears next host Sacramento State on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before travelling to UCLA for a three-game series beginning, Friday Apr. 4 at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
Cal: Holder, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Nelson, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Dragicevich, solo home run in the sixth inning. Nelson, solo home run in the eighth inning. Nelson, two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Oregon State: Kunda, solo home run in the eighth inning, Pietsch, two-run homer in the eighth inning. Biles, solo home run eighth inning. Calderon, solo home run in the eighth inning.