California Golden Bears (16-17, 5-8) vs. No.9 Oregon Ducks (15-8, 10-3)
When: 6 PM PT
Live Stats: Gametracker
It is time for the Bears to end the losing streak. In the last 3 games against the defending national champions Arizona last week and a highly ranked Oregon team yesterday, the Bears have lost by a 4 runs total.
Here is what happened last night, a 3-2 loss to Oregon:
The Golden Bears (16-17, 5-8), who were limited to three hits off of Duck starter Tommy Thorpe (5-3, 7.1 innings, one earned run, three walks, seven strikeouts), scored in the sixth inning when junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp doubled and later scored on a wild pitch to get within a run.
However, the Ducks' (25-8, 10-3) two runs in the fifth inning off of Cal freshman right-hander Ryan Mason (4-2, 5.0 innings, eight hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts) proved to be the difference. In their last contest.
"I am encouraged by how we are playing, but we have to break through that barrier and win games against some tough competition," said Cal coach David Esquer. "The competition we are facing is getting better, so our young players are going to need to get used to playing at a higher level."
While it is obvious great for the Bears to find some moral victory here, the Bears need to start winning again to finish the season above 0.500. While the Pac-12 is arguably the toughest baseball conference, this also means that the opportunities to get wins over highly ranked teams are readily available.
It would also be nice for the Bears to finally win a home night game in their 4th try.