BERKELEY, Calif. — California finished what it started Saturday, claiming a 5-3 victory over third-ranked Oregon State to complete a Pac-12 Conference series sweep at Evans Diamond.
The Golden Bears (14-6, 4-2 Pac-12) rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the top of the first inning with a a solid relief performance from Matt Ladrech. Cal had not won a series with Oregon State since 2010.
Ladrech allowed one walk in 7 2/3 innings, utterly shutting the Beavers down after starter Jeff Bain struggled in the first. Bain allowed three runs, including a two-run homer by OSU’s KJ Harrison.
Cal knocked Beavers (16-5, 3-3) starter Travis Eckert (2-2) out of the game in the second inning. The Bears took the lead with four runs in the process.
Luke Heimlich relieved Eckert in the second and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, a walk and a run while striking out five in his longest relief stint of the season.
For Harrison, it was his third homer of the season and second of the weekend. He also homered in the first inning of Thursday’s series opener. None of the Beavers had more than one hit.
California outhit the Beavers 8-4. Nick Halamandaris batted 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, and Preston Grand Pre drove in two runs. Aaron Knapp was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
Oregon State hosts San Diego State on Monday and Tuesday at Goss Stadium, looking to get back on the winning track. They return to Pac-12 play on April 1 when they host Washington to open the weekend series.
Washington 7, Oregon 4
SEATTLE, Wash. — Steven Packard went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI but it wasn’t enough for Oregon as the Ducks dropped the Pac-12 series to Washington, losing 7-4 on Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Packard and Jakob Goldfarb hit back-to-back homers in the second inning to give Oregon(11-9, 2-4) a 2-0 lead, but the Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the second.
Washington (12-7, 4-2 Pac-12) scored three runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded double for a 5-2 advantage and never trailed again.
Freshman Kyle Robeniol (1-2) was pressed into starting duty when Oregon’s slated starter, David Peterson, was unable to pitch due to an illness. Robeniol also started Oregon’s Tuesday game at Seattle U. He gave up three runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out three.
Packard pulled the Ducks within a run in the sixth with a two-out, two-RBI double that scored Kyle Kasser and Jake Bennett. The Huskies added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh.
Oregon steps out of Pac-12 play this week, playing at Notre Dame on Thursday and facing Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, next Friday through Sunday.