BERKELEY, Calif. — The Oregon State softball team suffered a 5-1 Pac-12 setback in Game 2 of the regular-season series finale at California on Friday afternoon.
The Golden Bears loaded the bases in the second inning before a scoring a run on a fielding error to take an early lead.
The Beavers responded in the following inning after Jessica Garcia led the inning off with a single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Oregon State kept the inning alive and tied the game 1-1 after a Bears error.
California retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an illegal pitch and added to its lead in the sixth with three runs.
Jessica Garcia was 2 for 3 at the plate for the Beavers. Nerissa Eason was tagged with the loss after pitching 5⅔ innings allowing three earned runs. Meehra Nelson came into the game with two outs in the sixth and forced the final out.
Oregon State (27-25, 8-15) will close the series at 2 p.m. Saturday.