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Cal Game 2 Thoughts

Another tough loss for the Beavers... Again, feel free to add anything that I failed to touch on:

  • California Pitching... Once Oregon State thought they had escaped the grip of Cal's Tyson Ross, Cal Came right back with another dominating pitching performance. California starter Craig Benningson only made it two and one third inning, as the Beavers roughed him up for three runs on four hits. Cal brought in Kevin Miller in the top of the third with one out, the bases loaded, and two Oregon State runs already home in the inning. Kevin proceeded to strike out Daniel Robertson and John Wallace to end the inning. The Beavers wouldn't score another run for the rest of the game, and Miller would proceed to throw a one-hitter in six and two thirds innings.
  • The little things... Oregon State continues to make simple mistakes that are causing big problems. For example, California's three run second inning involved two walks, Cal's four run third inning involved a hit by pitch, a walk, and a wild pitch. Another Cal run scored in the fourth due to a walk and a wild pitch. This is what's making the coaching staff angry, because you can't defend walks, past balls, and hit batters.
  • OSU Pitching... OSU starter James Nygren gave up seven runs in his two and one third innings. OSU head coach Pat Casey said before the game that if James got roughed up out there, he was going to go down fighting, as he has one of the best competitive mentalities on the team. Blake Keitzman came on in relief of Nygren and threw one and two thirds innings, giving up one run on two hits. Josh Osich finished out the last four innings of the game, giving up six hits but only allowing one run.
  • Runners left on base... The Beavers left thirteen men on base in Game 1 of the series, but actually won the battle in Game 2. Oregon State left eight men on to Cal's ten, but still, way too many for Pat Casey's liking.

The Beavers now find themselves in the opposite position that they were in last week. Down 0-2 in the series, the Beavers are just trying to come out of Berkeley with one win. Jorge Reyes is scheduled to get the start today. First pitch will be at 1:00 p.m.