Cal Baseball Defeats Washington State, 8-4, to Capture Pac-10 Opener

March 30, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - With a steady pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross and an offensive attack that included a five-run fifth inning, the California baseball team won its 2007 Pac-10 opener with an 8-4 victory over Washington State Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their record to 16-13 and 1-0 in conference, while the Cougars slipped to 15-11 overall and 0-4 in league play.

Ross, on the heels of his spectacular outing Mar. 22 versus Oral Roberts (16 strikeouts and only one walk in 7.0 innings), had to come from behind to defeat WSU Friday, improving his record to 3-4 by throwing 7.0 innings with eight hits, four runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. The Cougars had scored a run in the top of the first inning on Jared Prince's RBI single up the middle, and added another run in the second inning on Greg Lagreid's lead-off home run.

Down 2-0, Cal scored a run in the third inning on a fielder's choice RBI by junior second baseman Josh Satin. WSU bumped up its lead to 3-1 when Jeff Miller had a sacrifice fly to left in the fourth inning. The Bears were able to tie the contest, 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles from sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler and senior third baseman Stephen Carlson off of Cougar starter Wayne Daman, Jr. (2-1, 4.1 innings, 10 hits, six runs, five earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts).

Cal was able to put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the fifth off of Daman, Jr. and Steve Kost (3.2 innings, two hits, two runs, one earned run, two walks, three strikeouts). The Bears batted around the order with the big hits coming from junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky's fielder's choice RBI, sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon's RBI double, Cutler's two-run single up the middle, and freshman center fielder Jeff Kobernus' sacrifice fly to right field, to go up, 8-3.

WSU got its fourth run in the seventh inning on Simi Reynolds' pinch-hit RBI single off of Ross. Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson then came in and shut down the Cougars by throwing the final two innings with one hit, no runs and one walk.

Top hitters for the Bears were sophomore first baseman David Cooper, who was 3-for-5; while Cutler was 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBI. Hanlon and sophomore shortstop Michael Brady also had a pair of hits for Cal. Prince and Lagreid had two hits each for WSU.

The Bears will next play the Cougars in the second game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 31 at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Washington State: Lagreid, solo home run in the second inning.

Cal: None.

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