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Souto Walks Off No. 6 Oregon State

Mar 26, 2022
Dom Souto delivered a walk-off home run in Cal's 8-7 win over No. 6 Oregon State on Saturday.

BERKELEY – Dom Souto delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as California survived a late scare and knotted the series with an 8-7 win over No. 6 Oregon State at Stu Gordon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
Cal was in control throughout the conference clash and took a 7-1 lead into the ninth frame, only to see Oregon State tie it with six runs on four hits against two of the Bears' best late-inning pitchers, Steven Zobac and Nick Proctor. After Proctor finally escaped the jam, stranding the Beavers' go-ahead run on second base with two consecutive outs, it was Souto who emerged as the hero by depositing the second pitch he saw onto the Recreational Sports Facility roof past the left-field fence.
 
It was the first career home run for Souto, who earned his first start of the season at third base and entered the contest with just nine career at bats. The senior went 2-for-3 and scored all three times he reached base Saturday.
 
The Golden Bears (11-11, 4-4 Pac-12) got off to a strong start behind Joseph King, who stifled OSU's bats over six innings pitched despite not earning the decision. The junior right-hander struck out five and allowed just one run on six hits and a walk before leaving the contest with a 5-1 advantage.
 
Dylan Beavers extended Cal's 1-0 lead in the fifth with a grand slam – his ninth home run of the season and second this series – and matched a career-high five RBI in the series-tying win. The Bears capitalized on two OSU (15-5, 5-3) defensive errors to plate the first run of the game in the second inning.
 
Cal was out-hit 11-8 in the contest and OSU committed an uncharacteristic four errors defensively.
 
UP NEXT
Cal and No. 6 Oregon State conclude their weekend series with a rubber match at 12 p.m. PDT (noon) Sunday at Stu Gordon Stadium. The weekend finale will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
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