BERKELEY, Calif. — Nick Madrigal extended his hit streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning double and Jordan Britton worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief but third-ranked Oregon State lost 5-0 to No. 17 California Friday night at Evans Diamond.
KJ Harrison, Logan Ice and Trever Morrison also recorded hits for the Beavers (16-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Cal (13-6, 3-2) won the conference series.
The teams conclude the three-game series at 12:30 p.m. today.
Britton came on in the sixth and got the Beavers out of the frame after inheriting two runners. He proceeded struck out three in finishing the game. In two appearances against the Golden Bears this weekend he has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out six with no hits allowed.
Cal took a 2-0 lead through four thanks to solo home runs from Mitchell Kranson and Brett Cumberland.
The Golden Bears scored two more in the fifth and another run in the sixth for a five-run lead.
Jake Thompson (2-2) started for the Beavers and took the loss. The junior allowed nine hits and five runs – four earned – with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Ryan Mason (3-1) tossed a complete-game shutout. The California righty struck out seven and walked one.
Oregon 2, Washington 0
SEATTLE — Four Oregon pitchers combined to pitch the Ducks’ first shutout of the season in game two of the three-game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark. The win allowed Oregon to even the series 1-1 heading into today’s finale.
Matt Krook (1-1) picked up the win throwing five scoreless innings. He was followed on the mound by freshman Jacob Bennett in the sixth, Matt Mercer in the eighth, and Stephen Nogosek, who pitched the ninth to get his sixth save of the season. The Ducks’ pitchers combined to strike out 10, while allowing just four hits.
Travis Moniot gave Oregon (11-8, 2-3 Pac-12) all the offense it would need in the fifth when he came through with a two-out RBI single that scored Matt Kroon, who doubled to lead off the inning. The Ducks added an insurance run in the sixth, scoring on a hit by pitch, a single and two walks. Nick Catalano picked up the RBI with a two-out walk.