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Bears Edged By No. 4 Oregon State

May 27, 2022
Nick Proctor tossed a career-high six strikeouts in three hitless innings of relief against Oregon State on Thursday night.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Nick Proctor and Ian May held No. 4 Oregon State hitless over the final 4.1 innings but California came up short in a 3-1 loss on the second night of the inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament at Scottsdale Stadium.
 
With the loss, sixth-seeded Cal (29-26) dropped into the losers' bracket where it will face UCLA for the second time in three days in an elimination game on Friday night. It was the Golden Bears' first loss since May 8, snapping a seven-game win streak.
 
May and Proctor came on in relief of Golden Bear starter Steven Zobac, who pitched admirably in a duel with Oregon State ace Cooper Hjerpe despite taking the loss. Zobac (4-4) kept the Beavers off the scoreboard for the first three innings before a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth gave them a one-run advantage.
 
Cal knotted it up in the following half inning on an opposite-field solo home run by Caleb Lomavita, but Oregon State (43-13) punched back with two runs on a trio of two-out hits against Zobac in the top of the fifth. May was first out of the bullpen, getting a swinging strikeout of Pac-12 Player of the Year Jacob Melton to end the Beavers' half of the fifth.
 
May added another strikeout as he retired Oregon State in order in the sixth. Proctor took it from there, tying a career high with six strikeouts against the 11 batters he faced over the final three innings of the contest.
 
The Bears weren't without chances offensively at the plate, as they were just 2-for-12 with runners on base and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Hjerpe and reliever Reid Sebby, who picked up his third save of the year with four shutout innings. Cal put three runners in scoring position across the first two innings but could not come up with the big hit to take an early advantage.
 
In his third at bat against Hjerpe, Lomavita won a 13-pitch battle against Hjerpe when he was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but a groundout up the middle erased yet another threat by the Bears. Cal mustered just one hit – a ninth-inning single by Rodney Green Jr. – from that point on.
 
Green Jr. and Hance Smith had two hits apiece. Nathan Martorella (0-for-4) saw his 19-game hit streak come to an end.
 
UP NEXT
Cal and third-seeded UCLA will go head-to-head for the second time at the Pac-12 Tournament on Friday night at Scottsdale Stadium. The Bears earned a 4-1 victory in the first meeting on Wednesday night. UCLA avoided elimination on Thursday by outslugging Washington, 14-8, in the second game of the day.
 
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