April 13, 2013
BERKELEY - The Cal baseball team gave up five runs in the first inning, but was able to make it a game before falling to No. 9 Oregon, 10-4, Saturday night at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who dropped to 16-18 overall and 5-9 in the Pac-12, got a two-run single in the second inning from junior right fielder Jacob Wark and a lead-off homer in the third inning from freshman center fielder Devin Pearson to get back into the contest.
The Ducks (26-8, 11-3) scored five runs on five hits in the first inning off of Cal sophomore right-hander Collin Monsour (1.0 inning, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts) to jump out to an 8-0 lead.
Cal was able to tally some runs in the bottom of the third inning when Wark hit a two-run single off of Oregon starter Cole Irvin (7-1, 5.0 innings, seven hits, four runs, two walks, two strikeouts), scoring freshmen Nick Halamandaris and Grant Diede, who had back-to-back one-out singles.
Pearson was able to the Bears within 8-3 when he hit his second home run of the season off of Irvin, and then in the fifth inning Pearson led-off with a walk and eventually scored on junior catcher Andrew Knapp's RBI single to put the score at 8-4.
However, after Cal relievers Justin Jones had held the Ducks scoreless from the third through the seventh innings, Oregon scored single runs in the eighth and ninth on solo home runs from Ryon Healy and Scott Heineman for the final 10-4 margin
Cal will next host the Ducks in the final game of the three-game Pac-12 series, Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Oregon had won the first game of the series, 3-2, Friday evening.
Sunday is Public Safety Day at Evans Diamond. Personnel from UCPD units and the CIty of Berkeley's Fire and Police Departments will be on hand to interact with the public and to demonstrate a variety of public safety procedures and equipment. Activities begin at 12 noon, one hour before first pitch, so fans can come out to support Cal Baseball and local public safety agencies.