April 30, 2011
BERKELEY -In another tight Pac-10 baseball game, No. 20 California was not able to complete its comeback, falling to Oregon, 4-3, Saturday afternoon (April 30) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had gotten within one run with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and with runners on second and third base in the eighth inning, saw a hard-hit line drive by Devon Rodriguez get caught by Duck right fielder Aaron Jones to end the rally.
Cal dropped to 25-14 overall and 10-7 in the Pac-10, and Oregon improved to 22-19 and 5-9 in league play. The Bears had won the first game of the series, 2-1, Friday on freshman Michael Theofanopoulos' game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning. The two teams will play the rubber match, Sunday, May 1 at 12 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
The winning pitcher for the Ducks was junior right-hander Madison Boer, who threw 7.1 innings with seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore left-hander Justin Jones took the loss for Cal, going 7.0 innings with nine hits, three earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Junior right-hander Matt Flemer was outstanding in relief for the Bears, throwing the final two innings with no hits and two strikeouts. Kellen Moen picked up his seventh save of the year for Oregon (1.2 innings, no hits, one strikeout).
The Ducks had jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two runs in the second inning on Andrew Mendenhall's two-run homer to left field off of Jones, and two runs in the third on Shawn Peterson's two-run double.
Cal came back with a run in the fourth inning on junior catcher Chadd Krist's sacrifice fly to center field, and two runs in the sixth inning on Krist's RBI double to right center field (Pac-10 leading 21st double of the year) and Rodriguez's RBI single to second base.
Sophomore second baseman Tony Renda and junior right fielder Danny Oh were also top hitters for the Bears, both going 3-for-4 on the day. Renda and Oh had back-to-back one-out singles in the eighth inning and were on third and second base, respectively, when Rodriguez lined-out against Duck reliever Moen to end the rally.