The Beavers pulled off another series win this weekend, beating Cal in 2 out of 3 games to advance their record to 28-8 overall, and 4-5 in the Pac-10.
On Friday, Mike Stutes went up against one of the best pitchers in the Pac-10, Tyson Ross, a 6-5 right handed sophomore who can easily get it into the low 90's. Stutes only allowed three hits in 7.1 innings, and Eddie Kunz finished the game with 1.2 innings, only allowing one hit. The combined four-hitter gave the OSU Offense room to work, and they did so in the bottom of the sixth when Mitch Canham doubled, and then scored off of a Mike Lissman single.
On Saturday, it was a different story. Cal righthander Alex Rollin and relievers Craig Benningson and Matt Gorgen combined to hand the Beavers their first shutout in five years, and evened the series at the same time. The Beavers loaded the bases in the seventh and the ninth innings, but couldn't get a run across.
On Sunday, the Beavers got the bats going early with two runs in the second, and one run in each of the next three innings to build up their lead enough for relievers Anton Maxwell, Mark Grbavac, and Eddie Kunz to finish the game. The Bears scored two runs in the first inning to start things off, but the Beavers quickly took the lead, and kept it for the remainder of the game. The two runs in the second came off a 2 run shot by Drew George, the first of his carrer at OSU. Daniel Turpen only went three innings in his start, allowing two runs off six hits. Maxwell came on in the fourth, and pitched four innings, allowing one run to score. Mark Grbavac and Eddie Kunz each pitched a perfect inning to seal the deal, and the Beavers won the series.
The Beavers square off next with UNLV in a non-conference series this weekend at Goss.
The first pitch of Friday's game will be at 5:00 p.m.