Cal Baseball Loses at No. 18 Oregon State, 4-2

April 3, 2005

CORVALLIS, OR - Despite not giving up an earned run and shutting out Oregon State the final six innings, the California baseball team lost to the No. 18-ranked Beavers, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Golden Bears go to 20-12 overall and 3-3 in conference, while OSU improves to 24-4 and 3-0 in league play. The Beavers won 11-1 Friday and 5-2 Saturday.

OSU scored all four runs in the first two innings, evening though Cal starter Michael Cooper had a solid outing, throwing 5.0 innings with five hits, no earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts. The Beavers scored a run in the first inning when a sacrifice fly by Chris Campos scored Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury had advanced to third after stealing second base and moving to third on a throwing error by catcher Garrett Bussiere. In OSU's three-run second inning, Cal had two throwing errors. Darwin Barney got on to lead-off the inning on a throwing error by shortstop Kyle Spraker, and later scored on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Einspahr. The Beavers' Ryan Gipson also had a successful safety squeeze RBI, and Ellsbury to knock in a RBI single.

Bear pitchers Cooper, Brandon Morrow (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, one strikeout), Matt Swanson (0.7 inning, no hits, no runs) and Travis Talbott (0.3 inning, one hit, no runs, one strikeout) held the Beavers scoreless after the second inning.

Cal got back into the game when junior left fielder Allen Craig hit a two-run homer to left field off of OSU starter Jonah Nickerson (6-0, 6.0 innings, five hits, two runs, three walks, eight strikeouts) in the fifth inning. However, Beaver reliever Nate Fogle was able to earn his fourth save of the year, throwing the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no runs, two walks and five strikeouts.

Chris Errecart led the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and finished the weekend 5-for-11 with three doubles. Both Cal and OSU finished with seven hits on the day.

Cal will next play at Nevada, Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 2 p.m., before hosting Arizona State in a Pac-10 series, Apr. 8-10 at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Craig, two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Oregon State: None.

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