No. 12 Cal Baseball Loses at Washington State, 5-4, in 10 Innings
March 22, 2008
PULLMAN, WASH. - California junior right-hander Matt Gorgen was called for a balk by home plate umpire Ryan Bleiberg in the bottom of the 10th inning, allowing Washington State pinch runner Matt Fanelli to score from third base and give the Cougars a 5-4 victory over the No. 12-ranked Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Cal fell to 15-4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference, while the Cougars improved to 14-7 and 1-2 in league play.
In the tightly contested game, the Bears tied the game, 4-4, in the top of the seventh inning when junior first baseman David Cooper hit a two-out double down the right field line and scored on senior second baseman Josh Satin's RBI single. It was Satin's second hit of the day as earlier the veteran infielder had set a Cal school record with a 24-game hitting streak when he knocked a home run over the left field fence in the second inning, topping Brian Horwitz's 23-game hitting streak set in 2001.
In the bottom of the 10th, Gorman walked Washington State first baseman Jim Murphy to start the inning. Fanelli pinch ran for Murphy and was advanced to second on Jared Prince's sacrifice bunt. Gorgen was then able to get Garry Kuykendall to ground out to shortstop Michael Brady, but unfortunately for the Bears, Fanelli advanced to third base where he later scored on Gorgen's balk as Gorgen was pitching to Shea Vucinich.
The winning pitcher for the Cougars was reliever Matt Way, who threw 6.0 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts. Gorgen lost his first game of the season (1.2 innings, no hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts). Cal had utilized freshman Kevin Miller (2.2 innings, three hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts) and sophomore Daniel Wolford (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts) in relief of senior starter Alex Rollin (3.1 innings, eighth hits, four runs, one walk). Both Miller (22.2 innings, 18 strikeouts) and Wolford (21.0 innings, 25 strikeouts) have still yet to give up an earned run this season.
WSU scored a run in the bottom of the first, but Cal answered with a run in the top of the second on Satin's HR. The Cougars added another run in the bottom of the third, but again the Bears came back, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning for a 3-2 lead. In the fourth, sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson doubled to left center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Brady's single to left. Cal added another run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman.
The Cougars came back to take a 4-3 lead when they scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning on Greg Lagreid's two-run single off of Miller. Gorman, Cooper and Satin ended the game with two hits apiece for the Bears. Both teams finished with 11 hits.
Cal will next play a non-conference game at Santa Clara on Tuesday, Mar. 25 at 6 p.m. Stephen Schott Stadium, before hosting No. 7-ranked Long Beach State in a three-game series, Mar. 28-30, at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Satin, solo home run in the second inning.
Washington State: None.