Cal Drops Series Finale At OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. – California suffered a 5-3 series-ending loss to Oregon State Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium, closing the book on a challenging eight-game road swing for the Golden Bears.
Cal (18-16, 5-7 Pac-12) came out swinging and jumped ahead 3-1 after three innings, but went quiet at the plate over the final six frames as OSU scored four unanswered runs to complete the weekend sweep. Despite four extra-base hits in the first three innings, including Dylan Beavers' 10th home run of the season, Cal managed just three singles from the fourth inning on.
Paulshawn Pasqualotto kept the OSU bats in check the majority of the afternoon, pitching into the fifth inning. The freshman right-hander struck out a career-high six batters, but allowed OSU to extend innings with four walks issued and three two-out hits. With a 3-2 lead in the fifth, Pasqualotto surrendered a pair of two-out singles that put runners on the corners. Cal made the call to the bullpen and brought in Jack Wolger, who gave up a game-tying single to Wade Meckler the next at bat.
OSU (24-10, 10-5) took a 4-3 lead the next frame when Jacob Melton doubled and later scored on an RBI single by Garret Forrester. Josh White (3-1) took the loss on the mound, as the Bears were unable to stage a comeback in the later stages of the contest.
The Bears' early advantage was powered by a Quentin Selma triple off the center-field wall and an RBI single from John Lagattuta in the opening inning. Beavers' solo home run in the third was the last run scored by Cal.
- The last time Cal was swept in a Pac-12 series came against Oregon State on March 16-18, 2018, in Berkeley.
- Darren Baker (1-for-4) singled in the eighth inning to extend his reached-base streak to 39 consecutive games.
- Quentin Selma's triple was the first of his collegiate career. He went 2-for-4 Sunday after going hitless in the first two games of the series.
- Paulshawn Pasqualotto has tallied five strikeouts or more in five of his eight starts.
- Jag Burden earned his ninth start of the season and first since March 7. He went 1-for-3 with a double.
The Bears return to the friendly confines of Evans Diamond to face Saint Mary's at 6 p.m. (PDT) Wednesday.
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