April 30, 2010
BERKELEY - The No. 20-ranked Cal baseball team scored 11 runs on 14 hits and received solid pitching from sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson, defeating Oregon State, 11-3, Friday (April 30) in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. Offensively, the Golden Bears were paced by junior second baseman Brian Guinn, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI double, while freshman third baseman Tony Renda and junior first baseman Mark Canha had two RBI apiece. Cal snapped a four-game losing streak (three of which were by one run) to improve to 24-15 overall and 9-7 in the conference. The Beavers drop to 21-15 and 4-9 in league play.
Johnson improved his record to 6-2 by throwing 6.0 innings with eight hits, two runs, four walks and eight strikeouts. He was replaced by junior right-hander Kevin Miller, who gave up just one hit in 2.0 innings, and senior right-hander Daniel Wolford pitched the ninth inning (three hits, one run, one strikeout). The losing pitcher for OSU was junior right-hander Greg Peavey (3-2, 5.2 innings, 11 hits, seven earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts).
The Bears took control of the game by scoring three runs in the third inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Canha, a successful double steal that scored Renda and an RBI single by sophomore center fielder Chad Bunting. Cal added two more runs in the fourth inning on an RBI double by junior left fielder Austin Booker and an RBI single through the left side by Renda.
The Beavers got within 5-2 with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Bears tallied four runs in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Renda, an RBI double to left center field by Guinn, and RBI single through the left side by Canha and a fielding error by OSU first baseman Jared Norris to jump out to a 9-2 advantage.
Cal added two more runs in the seventh inning when sophomore right fielder Danny Oh's RBI triple scored Bunting, and Oh later scored on a Beaver wild pitch. OSU tacked on its final run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the final 11-3 margin. Besides the offense of Guinn, Renda and Canha; Oh and Bunting both were 2-for-3 with Oh collecting a double and triple.
Cal will next host Oregon State in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Oregon State: None.