BERKELEY, Calif. – For the first nine innings of the second-ranked Oregon State baseball team’s game at California Saturday night, the Beavers managed just two runs and four hits.
And then the 10th inning happened. Oregon State scored seven runs on four hits to push the Beavers to a 9-3 win over the Golden Bears.
The win came in a tightly contested night. The Beavers led 2-0 for most of the game, only for the Golden Bears to score twice in the eighth to tie the game. Cal seemed to be on the verge of the come-from-behind win, putting runners on first and third with one down. Scott Schultz, however, induced a 4-6-3 double play to give the Beavers the opportunity for the 10th-inning outburst.
Andy Peterson ended up with the game-winning run, doubling to left center with runners on first and second. Trever Morrison and Jeff Hendrix had both reached on infield singles. Peterson looked to bunt but pulled the bat back against reliever Trevor Hildenberger and found the gap in left.
That double effectively opened the floodgates. The Beaver sent nine batters to the plate before California reliever Andrew Buckley picked up the first out of the inning.
Schultz got the win as the recipient of the 10th-inning runs. He improved to 5-2 in throwing the last 1 2/3 innings.
Hildenberger, who allowed five hits and seven runs, took the loss to drop to 3-3 on the year.
Hendrix, Peterson and Dylan Davis all had two hits for the Beavers.
The Beavers scored their first run in the third. Hendrix laced a one-out single through the right side, then he and Peterson executed a hit-and-run to get runners on the corners. Peterson swiped second and the throw from California catcher Mitchell Kranson hit him and skipped into left field, enabling Hendrix to come in from third.
Oregon State added a run in the seventh inning off Cal reliever Alex Martinez. Gabe Clark walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then to third on a groundout. Martinez uncorked a wild pitch on his first offering to Trever Morrison, allowing Clark to score with ease.
Cal evened the score with a two-run eighth. The Golden Bears scored their first run on a wild pitch from Zack Reser, which also allowed a runner from first to move to third. That loomed large as a Devon Rodriguez bounced a grounder off Reser’s glove that allowed the game’s tying run to score.
Andrew Moore started for the Beavers and worked 7 2/3 innings before being relieved by Reser with runners on the corners. Moore ended the game allowing six hits and two runs with one walk and one strikeout. He did not figure in the decision.
Porter tossed a quality start against the Beavers, allowing three hits and an unearned run while striking out eight in six innings. The lefty, however, exited before the seventh with the Golden Bears trailing 1-0 thanks to the Beavers’ third-inning run.
The teams conclude the series with a 1 p.m. PT game Sunday. Visit osubeavers.com for live audio and stats.
Over the air, tune into the Beaver Sports Network across the state of Oregon. Fans with satellite radio can also find the game on SiriusXM channel 91.
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