April 14, 2013
BERKELEY - Junior catcher Andrew Knapp hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to get the Golden Bears within a run, but Cal lost another heartbreaker to No. 9 Oregon, 5-4, Sunday (April 14) at Evans Diamond. Three of the Bears' (16-19, 5-10) last four losses have been by one run, including falling to the Ducks, 2-1, on Friday. Cal were defeated by Oregon (27-8, 12-3), 10-4, on Saturday.
Trailing 5-1 going into the eighth inning, the Bears were able to rally when sophomore second baseman Devon Rodriguez followed with a single to right center field to put runners on first and third base, setting up Knapp's three-run homer over the left field fence.
Unfortunately for Cal, Oregon reliever Jimmie Sherfy (11 saves) was able to stop the rally, getting the final two outs in the eighth inning and then forcing Bear freshman center fielder Devin Pearson to pop out to first base with a runner on third base in the bottom of the ninth. Jacob Wark had led off the bottom of the ninth with a single through the left side of the infield, pinch runner Sean Peters was sacrificed to second base by freshman pinch hitter Mitchell Kranson and a ground out to shortstop by Mike Reuvekamp had put Peters on third base.
The winning pitcher for the Ducks was Jake Reed (4-3, 5.2 innings, five hits, one run, two walks), while the losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson (5.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, no walks, five strikeouts).
Oregon scored two runs in the first inning off of Nelson, including an RBI double by Scott Heineman. The Bears responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Knapp and freshman first baseman Nick Halamandaris had back-to-back singles and Chris Paul drove in a run with a groundout to the pitcher.
The Ducks had upped their lead to 5-1 with Heineman's lead-off homer in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Baumgartner and an RBI single by pinch hitter Ryan Hambright.
Knapp and Rodriguez finished with two hits apiece on day.
Cal will next host San Francisco in a non-conference contest, Tuesday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears will then host Washington State in a three-game Pac-12 series, beginning Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Saturday, April 20 contest between WSU and Cal will also be a night game at 6 p.m., while the Sunday, April 21 game will begin at 2 p.m. and will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.