March 22, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Despite a phenomenal pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, in which he had a career-high 16 strikeouts and yielded just three hits in 7.0 innings, the Cal baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oral Roberts Thursday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears lost their eighth one-run game of the year to fall to 12-13. The Golden Eagles improved to 11-9.
Oral Roberts was able to pull out the victory by scoring two runs in the second inning on left fielder Pat Warfle's two-out, two run triple to center field off of Ross. Ross, whose only hits of the game came in the second inning, went on to strikeout 11 more batters to finish with 16 strikeouts in 7.0 innings with three hits, two runs, and only one walk. He was three short of the Cal school record of 19 strikeouts set by Larry Colton on Apr. 10, 1963 at UC Santa Barbara. Ross had tied his career-high of 10 strikeouts in only four innings, and even had four strikeouts in the sixth inning when Chad Rothford had reached on a strikeout/wild pitch.
The winning pitcher for Oral Roberts was starter Michael Jarman (2-2), who threw 5.0 innings with four hits, one run, six walks and two strikeouts. The Bears got their lone run in the sixth inning when Jarman walked junior second baseman Josh Satin to lead-off the bottom of the sixth. Jarman then allowed Satin to reach third on a wild pick-off attempt, and Satin eventually scored on pinch hitter Mike Van Winden's sacrifice fly off of Golden Eagle reliever Chance Chapman.
Chapman ended up earning his third save of the year, throwing the final 4.0 innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. The Bears threatened in the bottom of the ninth when freshman third baseman Rich Gorman and freshman left fielder Jeff Kobernus had back-to-back two-out singles, but Chapman was able to get Cal's David Cooper to groundout to first base to end the game.
Kobernus led the Bears with two hits, and sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson threw well in relief of Ross (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, one strikeout). Ross now has 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings this season, with a 2.18 ERA.
Cal will next host Oral Roberts in the second game of the three-game series, Friday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Oral Roberts: None.