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Cal Falls Short To Ducks In Game Two, 8-3

Apr 30, 2022
The Golden Bears suffered their fourth consecutive Pac-12 loss in an 8-3 defeat at No. 25 Oregon on Saturday.

EUGENE, Ore. – No. 25 Oregon's five-run first inning proved to be the difference as California lost an 8-3 contest and the series to the host Ducks on Saturday afternoon at PK Park.
 
The Ducks came out swinging against Cal starter Joseph King with six hits, including three doubles, in the opening frame and added one more run on an additional three hits in the second. King battled through four consecutive scoreless frames from that point and finished his day with a gritty six-inning outing to keep Cal within striking distance, but the early damage was enough.
 
It was the fourth straight Pac-12 loss for Cal (20-22, 10-13).
 
Nathan Martorella made an impressive return to Cal's lineup one day after missing his first game in more than two years with an illness, promptly depositing the second pitch of the game past the left field wall for a leadoff solo home run. It was Martorella's fifth home run – third to lead off a game – in his past five games played.
 
Martorella plated Cal's second run of the day with an RBI single in the second inning and reached base in his first four plate appearances.
 
Cal scored one run in each of the first three innings – Cole Elvis delivered a two-out RBI single in the third – but managed one hit over the final six frames. Isaac Ayon (3-1) struck out seven Golden Bears and, like King (3-3), withstood an early barrage of hits on the way to tossing six innings and picking up the win on the mound.
 
With Cal searching for an offensive punch in the seventh, Dylan Beavers saw Tanner Smith rob him of a two-run home run with a leaping catch at the wall in left-center field. The home run-turned-flyout would've cut the Bears' deficit to one run. Oregon (28-14, 13-7) added a dose of insurance in the home half of the same inning when Tanner Smith plated two runs on a single through the left side, his fourth hit of the game.
 
Tommy Hannan and Henrik Reinertsen came on in relief of King; the latter struck out a pair in 1.1 scoreless innings.
 
Three of Cal's six hits went for extra bases, with Beavers and Hance Smith picking up one double apiece.
 
The start of Saturday's game was delayed by 19 minutes due to rain.
 
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Cal will try to end its trip to Oregon on a high note and salvage the series at 12 p.m. (noon) PT Sunday at PK Park.
 
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