Feb. 23, 1997

Cal Baseball Pounded By Oregon State 15-2

Berkeley, Ca - The University of California baseball team was defeated by visiting Pac-10 Northern Division foe Oregon State, 15-2, Sunday at Evans Diamond in Berkely, CA. The Bears fall to 9-8 overall, while the Beavers improve to 5-4-1 on the season. Cal had defeated Oregon State, 8-6, on Friday and 14-2 on Saturday.

The winning pitcher for the Beavers was sophomore right-hander Mark Newell (2-0), who gave up just two runs (one earned) on two hits in 7.0 innings. Oregon State backed Newell with 16 hits, including home runs from Mike Leone (two-run homer in the fifth), Rob Lake (two-run homer in the eighth and Ryan Lipe (solo home run in the ninth). Lake had come off the bench in the fifth inning to go 3-for-5 with five RBI.

The losing pitcher for Cal was junior starter Douge Nickle (1-1), who went 2.0 innings, allowing three hits, three runs, two walks and two strikeouts. The leading hitter for the Bears was sophomore catcher Jason Hill, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and finished the day 1-for-2 with two RBI.

The Bears next home contest will be the first game of a three-game series versus Pac-10 Southern Division foe Arizona, beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Oregon State 15, California 2

Oregon State   124 041 021 - 15 16 3
California     010 001 000 -  2  3 3
Cal: Nickle, Vorhis (3), Cuccias (5), Jensen (7), Friend (8), Gardner (9) and Hill,
Destefand. OSU: Newell, Bronson (8), Boire (9) and Cowan, Bertrand. 2B: Stranberg (OSU),
Cowan (OSU). 3B: Bailie (OSU). HR: Leone (OSU), Hill (Cal), Lake (OSU), Lipe (OSU).
WP: Newell (2-0). LP: Nickle (1-1). Att: 364