5, 5, 2 are the margin of defeat from the last weekend. At least the Bears were able to make it closer on Sunday and scored 4 runs against one of the best pitching staff in the country in Oregon State. Here is how things went down:
Friday, May 3, 2013: Cal 1, Oregon State 6
DH Devon Rodriguez provided the only offense for the Bears with a solo homer. At that point, however, the Bears were already down 5-0 as starter Ryan Mason gave up 4 runs in just 3 innings. Keaton Siomkin pitched the rest of the game (5 innings) while allowing only 2 runs. Bears only managed 3 hits with 2 from Devon Rodriguez. Oregon State starter Matt Boyd struck out 12 Bears in 8.1 innings.
Saturday, May 4, 2013: Cal 0, Oregon State 5
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore pitched a two hit complete game shutout against the Bears. Sometimes you have just got to tip your cap to the opponent. For the Bears, Trevor Hildenberger in his 4th career start gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. The two Bears hit were recorded by Devin Pearson and Mitchell Kranson.
Sunday, May 5, 2013: Cal 4, Oregon State 6
Cal starter Dylan Nelson gave up 4 runs in 5 innings (an improvement over his last start) but the Beavers never looked back after breaking a 1-1 tie in the 4th. Logan Scott gave up two unearned runs for the Bears. The Bears actually made things interesting with 2 runs in the 9th, thanks to an two out two RBI double by Cal star catcher Andrew Knapp. As the tying run, Devon Rodriguez grounded out to end the game.
The Bears never got a lead all weekend. OSU's offense is actually only ranked 93rd in the country while averaging just 5.7 runs per game. That was about how many runs they got against the Bears.
With only 7 games remaining, if the Bears want to finish with a better than 0.500 record, they would have to win out (so I guess they do still control their own destiny in a way). All 7 of the remaining games are in Berkeley with ASU in for 3 and Furd for 3 next weekend and one last one on Monday against Gonzaga.
Cal Hitter of the Week:
Catcher Andrew Knapp lead the Bears with 4 hits this past weekend, including a two run double that made things interesting in the Sunday game.
Honorable Mention: Devon Rodriguez hit the lone Bears long ball of the weekend.
Cal Pitcher of the Week:
The honor this week goes to Keaton Siomkin for his 5 inning of work in the Friday game, giving up only two runs. The Bears actually didn't use that many pitchers this past weekend.
Honorable Mention: The only Cal pitcher to not give up a run this weekend was Kyle Porter who went two scoreless in the Saturday game.
Pac-12 Baseball Standings:
(because why not look at how the rest of the conference is doing)
While the Friday game is audio only. Saturday and Sunday games are both covered by the Pac-12 Networks.