Feb. 22, 1997

Cal Baseball Powers Past Oregon State, 14-2

BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team defeated visiting Pac-10 Northern Division foe Oregon State, 14-2, Saturday at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, CA. The Bears improve to 9-7 overall, while the Beavers fall to 4-4-1 on the season. Cal had defeated Oregon State, 8-6, on Friday.

Cal pounded out 14 run on 14 hits and was led by the impressive pitching of freshman starter Jon Shirley (2-1), who went 6.0 innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Oregon State was starter Chris Pine, who went 4.1 innings with 10 hits, 11 runs, three walks and a strikeout.

The Bears jumped on Pine early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Cal proceeded to score a run in each of the game's first six innings, including a six-run fifth inning. The Beavers managed to score runs in the eighth and ninth innings off of Bears reliever Brad Steele.

Leading hitters for Cal included freshman right fielder Juan Hernandez, senior third baseman Jim Schmidt and sophomore shortstop Brian Oliver. Hernandez was 3-for-5 with a RBI, Schmidt was 3-for-4 with a RBI and Oliver was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Sophomore center fielder Preston Sharp and senior first baseman John Furstentahal also had big days for the Bears with Sharp going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and Furstentahl going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman Barry Schell hit a solo home run for Cal in the third inning.

Oregon State's leading hitter was B.J. Hardtke, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI.

The Bears next contest will be the third game of the three-game series versus Oregon State, beginning Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

California 14, Oregon State 2
Oregon State   000  000  011  -    2  8  1
California     411  161  00x  -   14 14  1
Cal:  Shirley, Steele (7) and Hill, Destefano (7). OSU:  Pine, Cook (5), Swinburson (7),
Mencas (8) and Bertrand, Cowan (5).  2B: Oliver (Cal), Hardtke 2 (Cal), Sharp (Cal), Stranberg
(OSU), Lake (OSU).  3B:  Oliver (Cal). HR: Schell 3 (Cal).  WP: Shirley (2-1). 
LP: Pine (1-1).  Attend:  421.