May 5, 2013
CORVALLIS, ORE. - Cal baseball out-hit Oregon State with three hits and two RBI from junior catcher Andrew Knapp, but still fell to the No. 5-ranked Beavers, 6-4, Sunday (April 5) in the final game of the three-game series at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. The Golden Bears had 13 hits to OSU's seven, but gave up three home runs to Pac-12 leading Oregon State (37-8, 17-4).
Cal dropped to 21-26 overall and 9-15 in the conference, and lost all three games to the Beavers (6-1, 5-0, 6-4).
In Sunday's game, OSU scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run to right center field by Jake Rodriguez off Bear sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson (1-5, 5.0 innings, five hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout). The Bears came back with a run in the top of the third inning on freshman center fielder Devin Pearson's RBI single to left center field off of Beaver starter Ben Wetzler (5-1, 6.1 innings, 11 hits, one earned run, no walks, 10 strikeouts) that scored Chris Paul, who had led off the inning with a single through the middle of the infield.
The Beavers jumped back into the lead on a two-run homer to right field by Danny Hayes off of Nelson in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. OSU added another run on a solo home run to right field by Tyler Smith for a 4-1 lead.
Cal mustered a run in the top of the seventh inning when OSU first baseman Danny Hayes' fielding error allowed Paul to score. However, the Beavers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI ground out by Andy Peterson and an RBI single by Michael Conforto to up their lead to 6-2.
The Bears still battled at the end, producing two runs in the top of the ninth inning on Knapp's two-run double to right center field off of OSU reliever Scott Schultz to make the final margin, 6-4.
Cal next hosts Arizona State in a three-game Pac-12 series, May 10-12 at Evans Diamond. On Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Evans Diamond will be sporting a new scoreboard/video board in left center field for the first game of the conference series versus the Sun Devils. All three games of the ASU-Cal series will be broadcasted on KNEW 960 AM and KALX 90.7 FM, while the Saturday and Sunday games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.