BERKELEY -- The California baseball team took two of three games this weekend from No. 8 Oregon, winning 9-3 on Friday without ace Daulton Jefferies, and taking Saturday night's game 6-2 behind eight strong innings from Ryan Mason and a 2-for-5, two-run day from leadoff man Aaron Knapp.
Though the Bears dropped Sunday's finale 4-2 -- leaving a grand total of 14 men on base and committing three errors (more than in their last four games combined) -- they still moved to 15-4 on the year, and are a good bet to make appearances in the national polls this coming week, for the first time since the end of the 2011 College World Series team.
The loss on Sunday to the Ducks (14-6) snapped a 10-game winning streak for Cal, and a four-game losing streak for Oregon, who had previously lost two straight games in the middle of the week to San Francisco.
The Bears next see action against those same Dons -- who Cal beat 11-0 last time out -- on Tuesday, March 17, before heading to Seattle for three games against Washington, which made a big splash last season with a 41-17-1 record and a Regional berth in Oxford, Miss. The Huskies are 13-7 this year, and downed No. 14 UCLA 8-1 on Saturday to snap a road losing streak to the Bruins that stretched back to 2005. Washington is currently 13-7 overall, and 1-2 in conference play, having lost to UCLA 5-4 in 13 innings on Sunday.