California Defeats Cougar Baseball in Pac-10 Opener

March 20, 2008

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Tyson Ross pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead No. 12 California to a 9-1 victory over No. 25 Washington State in the Pacific-10 opener for both schools, Thursday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Ross (3-0) gave up two hits and three walks while striking out five as California improved to 14-3-1. Jared Prince (2-1) lasted four plus innings for the Cougars (13-6).

'Anytime you spot a lead to a guy like Ross, you are not going to be successful,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said.

California took a 1-0 in the second when Dylan Tonneson drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Blake Smith.

The Golden Bears added two in the third on a throwing error by WSU first baseman Jim Murphy and picked up one in the fifth when Rich Gorman led off with a home run.

The Cougars tallied their lone run in the bottom half of the fifth when Shea Vucinich walked with two outs and Travis Coulter followed with a triple to center field to make the score 5-1.

California answered with three runs in the sixth on a RBI-single by Charlie Cutler and a two-run single by Josh Satin.

The teams continue their three-game series Friday at 5:30 p.m.

California 9, Washington State 1----------------------------------------------------------------------California.......... 012 013 020  -  9 10  2      (14-3-1, 1-0 Pac-10)Washington State.... 000 010 000  -  1  2  2      (13-6, 0-1 Pac-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: California - Ross; Miller(8); Pistoresi(9). Washington State - Prince, Jared;Ratigan, Michael(5); Wise, James(7).Win-Ross(3-0)  Loss-Prince, Jared(2-1)  T-3:01  A-246HR CAL - Gorman (3).Game notes:11 minute weather delay in the bottom of the sixth inning.Prince, J. faced 4 batters in the 5th.
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