BERKELEY, Calif. - California hit three shots over the fence and coupled with a strong outing from starter Kevin Miller, the Bears defeated Oregon 11-1 on Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond, winning the series rubber game.
Milller improved to 2-2 on the year, holding the Ducks to one run on two hits while striking out four in a career-high seven innings pitched.
Danny Oh, Mark Canha and Jeff Kobernus each sent shots our of the park for Cal (18-19, 5-10) as the Bears tallied 16 hits.
Oregon freshman right-hander Alex Keudell (0-3) took the loss for the Ducks (13-23, 3-9) after the Bears put three runs on the board in the first three innings. The Portland, Ore., native surrendered lead off home runs to Oh in the second and Canha in the third before exiting game after 2 and 1/3 innings of work as left-hander Bennett Whitmore took over on the mound. Keudell allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in his fourth start of the year.
The Ducks chipped away at Cal’s 3-0 lead in the fourth. Curtis Raulinaitis led off the inning by lacing a double into right center, and Danny Pulfer then moved him over to third with a sacrifice. Colby Sokol’s groundout RBI brought Raulinaitis home for the Ducks first and only run.
Oregon was held to four hits on the day, with three coming from Raulinaitis - including his fifth double of the season. Jett Hart added a single in the ninth. The Ducks’ offense wasn’t helped by its defense, as Oregon committed four errors on the day.
In 2 and 2/3 innings of relief, Whitmore allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits. Geoff Nichols also made an appearance pitching two innings and allowing four runs on six hits, while Ryan Fleckenstein allowed one unearned run while dealing the eighth for Oregon.
Cal was led by Kobernus’ 3-for-4, two runs scored and two RBIs performance. Chadd Krist was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, picking up a two-run double down the left field line in the eighth. Canha was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base, while Blake Smith (2), Marcus Semien (2) and Oh (2) also had multiple hits for the Bears.
Oregon remains on the road for the next two days, traveling to UC Irvine for back-to-back games on Monday (6 p.m. ) and Tuesday (2 p.m.). The Anteaters are currently ranked No. 3 in the country according the Baseball America weekly poll.
Notes: Oregon has lost its fourth consecutive Pac-10 Conference series.
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