May 8, 2011
CORVALLIS, ORE. -The No. 21-ranked California baseball team struck first on a Tony Renda home run to lead off the game, but the Golden Bears still dropped a 4-2 decision at No. 3 Oregon State Sunday, May 8 at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Cal ended up winning one-of-three games versus the highly-ranked Beavers, splitting a doubleheader Saturday, winning the second game, 6-2, after losing game one, 3-0. The Bears are now 28-16 overall and 12-9 in the Pac-10. OSU, which leads the Pac-10, improves to 34-11 overall and 14-4 in league.
Sophomore second baseman Renda - who finished the series 5-for-13 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI - hit a home run off Oregon State starter Ben Wetzler (6-2, 7.0 innings, four hits, one run, no walks, seven strikeouts) to start off Sunday's game in the top of the first inning. However, Cal's senior right-hander Kevin Miller (5-4, 2.0 innings, three hits, two earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts) was not able to hold off the Beavers, giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning and a run in the bottom of the second inning.
Oregon State added another run in the seventh inning off of Cal freshman left-hander Kyle Porter (4.1 innings, three hits, one run, no walks, four strikeouts) to jumped to a 4-1 lead. The Bears were able to get within 4-2 in the top of the eighth inning after senior left fielder Austin Booker had a one-out single and scored on Renda's RBI double to right center field.
Junior right-hander Matt Flemer threw the last 1.2 innings for Cal with one hit, no walks and two strikeouts. Besides Renda's 2-for-4 day with a double, home run and two RBI; Booker also had a pair of hits and sophomore Vince Bruno had a pinch hit double.
The Bears will take next week off for finals before traveling to UC Davis, Tuesday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Dobbins Stadium. Cal will then travel to UCLA for a key conference series, May 20-22 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.