No. 6 Oregon State Takes Game One
BERKELEY – No. 6 Oregon State scored in seven of the final eight innings and ran away with a 10-4 series-opening win over California on Friday night at Stu Gordon Stadium.
The Golden Bears faced only a one-run deficit, 4-3, entering the seventh frame after Dylan Beavers hit a solo home run in the fifth and starting pitcher Josh White followed him up with a 1-2-3 defensive inning in the sixth, but OSU was able to pull away with three runs in the critical inning. The Beavers (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) got their first two batters into scoring position with a single and a double against White before knocking him out of the game and later scored on a passed ball, a bases-loaded walk and a fielder's choice play to make it 7-3.
Cal moved to 10-11 overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 play with its second loss this week. The two teams combined for 25 hits, including nine that went for extra bases.
White (0-2) took the loss for Cal despite striking out seven over six innings. The junior right-hander allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a pair of walks as he remained winless on the season. Chris Stamos was first out of the bullpen in relief of White in the seventh but allowed both inherited runners to score as he walked three batters before Christian Becerra ended the frame with a strikeout.
After a solo home run by Matthew Gretler in the top of the third got the Beavers on the board first, Cal swiftly responded in the home half of the same inning with two runs of its own on back-to-back RBI doubles by Caleb Lomavita and Nathan Martorella. OSU punched right back, scoring twice in the fourth including a go-ahead single to center field by Kyle Dernedde that put the Beavers ahead for good.
Nine different Bears had at least one hit, including eight of the nine starters. Keshawn Ogans (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of singles and joined Beavers as the lone Bears with multi-hit efforts. Trevor Tishenkel delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth, but it was too little too late.
Cal looks to knot the weekend series against No. 6 Oregon State at 2 p.m. PDT Saturday. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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