Oregon Bears Down on Cal 5-4 for the Sweep!
BERKELEY, Calif. – Scott Heineman hit his third home run in two days to lead No. 16 Oregon to a 5-4 win over California at Evans Diamond on Sunday.
The Ducks (27-8, 12-3 Pac-12) picked up the series sweep with the win, Oregon’s first road sweep in Pac-12 play since the program was reinstated. Heineman went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the game and finished the three-game series 6-for-13 (.462) with three home runs, three doubles, six RBI, four runs scored and a 1.385 slugging percentage. Brett Thomas and Ryon Healy both went 3-for-5 on Sunday with Healy scoring two runs. Aaron Payne was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Oregon jumped out to a lead in the first inning for the second straight day. After a pair of hits put runners on the corners, Payne scored on a passed ball to put the Ducks on top 1-0. Heineman added a RBI double scoring Healy for a 2-0 lead. Cal cut the lead to 2-1 on a RBI ground out by Chris Paul that scored Andrew Knapp, but Heineman got the run back in the sixth with his third home run of the series, a solo shot to left field.
Oregon added a pair of runs in the seventh inning to push the lead to 5-1. Tyler Baumgartner drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly scoring Payne. Pinch hitter Ryan Hambright added a RBI single to put the Ducks on top by four. Knapp pulled Cal within one run in the bottom of the eighth when he hit a three-run home run to left field off reliever Christian Jones.
That was all the closer Cal (16-19, 5-10 Pac-12) would get thanks to Jimmie Sherfy. Oregon’s American closer came in to get the final out of the eighth inning and then got three of the four batters he faced in the ninth for his 11th save. Jake Reed (4-3) picked up the win for Oregon allowing just one run on five hits in 5.2 innings.
The Ducks return to action on Tuesday when they visit Portland at 3 p.m.