EUGENE, ORE. - Cal baseball's seniors went out on a high note as the Golden Bears captured the series versus No. 16 Oregon with a 5-3 win Saturday night at PK Park in Eugene. Cal (26-27, 13-17 Pac-12) fell in the first game of the series, 5-1, but came back with a 6-0 shutout Friday night and a season final 5-3 win.
Sophomore right-hander Ryan Mason picked up the win to improve his record to 7-1, going 6.0 innings with five hits, three runs, two earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Senior closer Trevor Hildenberger tied a school record with his 10th save of the season (with Jesse Ingram in 2004), pitching the final 3.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
Senior left fielder Vince Bruno gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run single through the middle of the infield after junior DH Brenden Farney led off the inning with a double down the right field line, followed by a single through the right side by freshman third baseman Lucas Erceg. Cal produced two more runs on an RBI groundout by senior right fielder Jacob Wark and a two-out RBI single by freshman center fielder Aaron Knapp.
The Bears added another run in the fifth inning when Wark led-off with a single and eventually scored on a stolen base as he scored when senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez got in a run-down between first and second base.
Oregon got its first hits and its first runs off of Mason in the bottom of the fifth inning when Nick Catalono had an RBI double and Mark Karaviotis and Aaron Payne had RBI singles.
Knapp, Farney and Bruno paced the Bears with two hits apiece as the Bears out-hit the Ducks, 10-6. Cal finished the 2014 campaign winning seven of its last 10 games and capturing four of its last five Pac-12 series with series wins at Stanford, at USC, versus Arizona and at Oregon.
"I am really proud of our team for how hard they competed this weekend," said Cal coach David Esquer. "The pitching was outstanding and we played well offensively the last two nights. We finished strong and were probably a win or two away from putting ourselves in contention for the postseason. We will take this end of the season and build for next year."