April 16, 1999
CORVALLIS, OR - The University of California baseball team, behind five home runs and solid pitching from Jon Shirley and David Cash, topped Oregon State, 13-3, Friday in Corvallis. Cal improves to 17-25 overall and 5-8 in the Pac-10, while Oregon State goes to 12-27, 1-9 in conference.
The Bears hit home runs in the first, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings. Sophomore designated hitter David Sark gave Cal a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer off of Beaver starter Mark Newell (3-5, 7.7 innings, 12 hits, 12 runs, four walks, four strikeouts) in the first inning. Oregon State got within 3-2 when Troy Schader led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run off of Shirley (5-4, 6.0 innings, four hits, three runs, five walks, nine strikeouts) and later in the third, Eric Stark scored from third base on a Shirley balk.
The Bears extended their lead by scoring a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Jason Williams and then sophomore first baseman Clint Hoover hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Cal's Preston Sharp led-off the sixth inning with a home run, and in the eighth inning Xavier Nady knocked Newell out of the game with a grand slam homer to left field. Freshman pinch hitter Derek Ayres gave the Bears their final run of the day with a solo home run in the ninth inning off of OSU reliever Paul Hansen.
The Beavers got their third run of the game on a solo home run by Joe Gerber in the fifth inning.
Sharp finished the day 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Nady and Hoover had two hits apiece. Cash earned his first save of the season pitching the final 3.0 innings with two hits and no runs.
Cal will next play Oregon State in the second game of the three-game conference series Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Coleman Field. Saturday's game will be televised live by Fox Sports.
Home Runs: Oregon State: Schader, solo home run in the third. Gerber, solo home run in the fifth. Cal: Sark, three-run homer in the first. Hoover, three-run homer in the fifth. Sharp, solo home run in the sixth. Nady, grand slam home run in the eighth. Ayres, solo home run in the ninth.