Beavers Edged After Late Comeback
BERKELEY, Calif. – California's Dom Souto hit a walkoff home run in the ninth, erasing a late Oregon State comeback, to give the Golden Bears an 8-7 win Saturday afternoon at Stu Gordon Stadium.
Souto hit the second pitch he saw from OSU reliever DJ Carpenter over the fence in left. That came after the Beavers scored six in the ninth to tie the game at seven.
Carpenter took the loss and is 1-2 on the year.
Down 7-1, the Beavers roared back with six in the ninth, led by Travis Bazzana's third home run of the season. Jabin Trosky drove home another on a double and OSU plated two on a California error on a ground ball by Wade Meckler. The Beavers (16-5 overall, 5-3 Pac-12 Conference) tied the game on a wild pitch.
Bazzana, Trosky and Gavin Logan all had two hits to pace the OSU offense, which recorded 11 hits on the day.
Oregon State starter Jacob Kmatz allowed just four hits but the Golden Bears (11-11, 4-4) put five runs on the board against him, only three of which were earned. He gave up a fifth-inning grand slam to Cal's Dylan Beavers, and ended up working 5 1/3 innings in his fifth start of the season.
Cal starter Joseph King held the Beavers to six hits and a run in six innings.
Neither starter figured in the decision. The win went to Cal's Nick Proctor, who is 3-1 on the year.
Oregon State and California complete their three-game series Sunday at Stu Gordon Stadium in Berkeley. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT and the game can be seen live on Pac-12 Oregon, Pac-12.com and via the Pac-12 Now app.
Oregon State Notes
- Travis Bazzana extended his hit streak to nine games. He singled to open the sixth and homered in the ninth.
- Brady Kasper made his first start of the season. He batted in the seventh spot of the lineup at designated hitter.
- Jabin Trosky came into the game at third base in the fifth. It marked his collegiate appearance at third base. Tanner Smith also came in to play third in the ninth.
- Oregon State's pitchers have issued just three walks over their last three games; one versus Seattle Wednesday and one in each game versus Cal.
- The Beavers dropped to 6-3 this season when an opponent scores first.
- Oregon State has now allowed just four unearned runs this season. The Beavers have committed the Pac-12's fewest errors with 10 after four on Saturday.
- Ian Lawson equaled his career-long outing with two innings Saturday. He had previously thrown two innings five times.
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