The Ducks (22-19, 5-9) and Bears (25-14, 10-7) will now play the rubber match of this series with a 12 p.m. first pitch on Sunday afternoon.
Mendenhall, making just his 10th start of the season, surpassed Friday’s offensive production with one swing of the bat, taking a 3-1 offering from California starter Justin Jones and launching a two-out, two run homer over the wall in left to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. KC Serna
’s two-out single kept the inning alive for Mendenhall’s round tripper.
In the top of the third, Oregon doubled its lead scoring two runs on two hits and a Cal error. Danny Pulfer
led off the inning with a single to right, and Jack Marder
drove a ball to right that Danny Oh was still moving back on but was charged with the error after the ball fell out of his glove. Stefan Sabol
’s sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position before Shawn Peterson
drove a two-run, one-out double to right center as Pulfer and Marder scored.
Oregon’s four runs on nine hits stood up for the remaining six innings with Boer, Christian Jones
and Kellen Moen
all appearing on the mound. Pulfer, Sabol and Peterson each led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
Boer (3-3) went seven and 1/3 innings on the hill, and allowed three runs – just two earned – on seven hits and two walks while fanning three. He was backed up by his defense, which turned a season-high tying three double plays to end the first, second and third innings.
In the bottom of the eighth nursing a 4-3 lead, Boer gave up a one-out single to Tony Renda and his day was ended. In replace of the right-hander, the Ducks brought Christian Jones
to the mound, but Oh was able to knock down a full-count single to left as the Bears had runners on first and second with one out.
came out and retired Chadd Krist to second before Devon Rodriguez lined out to right to preserve Oregon’s one-run lead.
Moen then mowed down the Cal side in order in the top of the ninth to clinch Oregon’s victory and his seventh save of the year.
Justin Jones (5-4) gave up four runs – three earned – on nine hits and one walk. In seven innings, the southpaw recorded four strikeouts.
After allowing four runs in the first three innings, Justin Jones settled down and shut out the Ducks for the next four innings, facing just two batters over the minimum before surrendering back-to-back singles in the top of the eighth to Sabol and Peterson. Matt Flemer then came on in relief and retired six consecutive Oregon batters doing his job to keep Cal within one run.
Cal totaled eight hits on the day, as Renda and Oh each batted 3-for-4.
The Bears scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth as Renda led things off with a double to left. Oh then singled to center and was able to move to second on a UO fielding error. With runners at second and third and just one out, Krist’s sacrifice fly to center brought Renda home. An excellent throw from Mendenhall kept Oh at second, as the Bears were held to just one run as Boer retired Rodriguez to right and struck out Mitch Delfino looking.
The Bears closed 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth as Cal scored two runs on three hits and an Oregon error. Krist’s one-out double to right center scored Oh all the way from first, and Krist then moved to third as Marder was charged with a an error on the throw of a failed pickoff attempt. With Krist at third, Rodriguez’s shallow single to right allowed Krist to score Cal’s third run of the game unearned.
has reached safely in 27 consecutive games and has recorded hits in 24 of those contests…Oregon is 8-3 when they hit a home run…Oregon tied a single-game high with three double play…the Ducks are 4-9 in one-run games…Boer was credited with his first win since Feb. 26 despite boasting a 2.15 ERA.