Cal Baseball Falls 9-6 to Washington State

April 1, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team, despite three home runs, saw its five-game winning streak come to end, falling to Washington State, 9-6, in the third game of the Pac-10 series Sunday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who captured their first conference series of the year with a 8-4 win Friday and a 6-2 victory Saturday, dropped to 17-14 and 2-1 in the Pac-10. The Cougars improved to 16-12 overall and 1-5 in league play.

Cal started the game well, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on a lead-off triple by senior third baseman Stephen Carlson, a sacrifice fly by freshman center fielder Jeff Kobernus, and solo home runs by sophomore first baseman David Cooper and junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky off of eventual winning pitcher Connor Lambert (5.0 innings, four hits, four runs, one walk, three strikeouts).

WSU came storming back in the third inning by scoring three runs off of the Bears' junior starter Nick Nunez (2-1, 3.1 innings, five hits, five runs, two walks, two strikeouts) on Scott Suttmeier's three-run homer. The Cougars then padded their lead with two runs in the fourth inning on Jeff Miller's RBI double and Paul Gran's run-scoring single, and two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by pinch hitter Zach Borba, and on a Cal fielding error that allowed Suttmeier to score.

Cal got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler's fielder's choice RBI to make the score, 7-4, only to see WSU score twice more in the top of the sixth when Cody Bartlett scored on a wild pitch and Travis Coulter knocked in a run with an RBI double.

The Bears were able to make the final score, 9-6, by tallying single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, pinch hitter Michael Capbarat scored Cooper with a sacrifice fly to right field, and in the seventh inning, Cutler hit a solo home run. However, WSU's Matt Way earned his first save of the season by pitching the final two innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

Cooper and Karnofsky finished with two hits apiece for Cal, and Cutler had two RBI, including his second home run of the year. Sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen pitched the final 3.2 innings for the Bears with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Gorgen now has 45 strikeouts and only six walks in 33.0 innings this season with a 1.64 ERA.

The Bears will next play a three-game Pac-10 series at Arizona, beginning Thursday, Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson.

Home Runs:

Washington State: Suttmeier, three-run homer in the third inning.

Cal: Cooper, solo home run in the first inning. Karnofsky, solo home run in the first inning. Cutler, solo home run in the seventh inning.

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