May 1, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Tyler Smith doubled twice and the Oregon State baseball team held two early leads but the Beavers lost to No. 23 California, 14-4, Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond.
Andrew Susac also had two hits for the Beavers, who dropped their third consecutive game to fall to 21-16 overall this season and 4-10 in Pacific-10 Conference play.
Smith doubled twice, doing so in the second and fourth innings. His second double gave OSU a 3-0 lead, but one that was relinquished in the bottom half of the fourth.
Smith also singled in the ninth as he went 3-for-4 on the afternoon and is 4-for-5 through the first two games of the series.
California scored the game's last 11 runs, posting four in the sixth inning and six in the seventh inning after tying the game with a run in the fifth.
The Golden Bears' game-winning run came in the sixth when Marcus Semien singled up the middle, scoring Chad Bunting from second.
Susac broke open the game's scoring with a two-out double to center in the top of the fourth, then came around to score himself when Smith doubled home two with a liner down the left-field line.
California (25-15, 10-7), however, matched the Beavers' three-run output in the bottom half of the inning. Bunting drove in the Golden Bears' first run on a sacrifice fly, then, after runners on first and second moved up a base after a throwing error on the play, Danny Oh singled through the right side of the infield to tie the game.
Tanner Robles threw 79 pitches over 4 2/3 innings, but did not figure in the decision after giving up a fifth-inning solo home run to Tony Renda that pulled the Golden Bears into a 4-4 tie.
Robles scattered four hits and four runs - three earned - while walking three and striking out five. He was replaced by Tyler Waldron in the fifth after issuing a walk.
The loss went to Waldron, who allowed two run-scoring singles in the sixth and worked just 2/3 of an inning. He was credited with four runs against and dropped to 3-4 on the year.
Susac also singled in the sixth inning, in addition to his fourth-inning double, to give him his second multiple-hit effort of the season.
Justin Jones picked up the win to improve to 9-3 this season. The lefty was not particularly sharp, scattering eight hits and four runs with two walks in seven innings, but managed to keep OSU at bay while Cal took the big lead.
California pounded out 15 hits off five Oregon State pitchers, with five of the Golden Bears' starters tallying multiple-hit efforts. Brian Guinn led Cal with a 3-for-4 effort.
The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT on Sunday at Evans Diamond. The Beavers are slated to throw Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 4.61) against California right-hander Dixon Anderson (3-1, 4.11).
Catch the game live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with Mike Parker calling all the action.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Head coach Pat Casey was back in the dugout Saturday after returning from Corvallis Friday due to a family medical matter ... It had been the first time in 16 years at OSU that Casey had missed a game ... The game Saturday marked the second appearance for Tanner Robles against California, but his first start ... The game marked the first of 18 in the month of May for the Beavers, who went 5-10 in April ... Adalberto Santos extended his hit streak to eight games with a single in the first, which ties Rob Folsom for the longest streak this season ... Santos has also reached base to start the game in four straight contests.
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