No. 12 Cal Baseball Wins Pac-10 Opener, 9-1, at Washington State

March 20, 2008

PULLMAN, WASH. - The No. 12-ranked California baseball team started its 2008 Pac-10 schedule on a strong note, defeating host Washington State, 9-1, Thursday night in Pullman. The Golden Bears, led by the pitching of junior right-hander Tyson Ross and the hitting of Rich Gorman, Charlie Cutler, Josh Satin and Jeff Kobernus, among others, improved to 14-3-1 (1-0 in conference) on the year. The Cougars dropped to 13-6 (0-1).

Ross, a preseason All-American, improved his record to 3-0, throwing a season-high 7.0 innings and limiting WSU to two hits, one run with three walks and five strikeouts. The losing pitcher for the Cougars was junior starter Jared Prince (2-1, 4.0 innings, five hits, four runs, two earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts). Ross now has 220 career strikeouts, tying Rich Nye (1964-66) for seventh on the Cal career strikeout list.

Offensively, the Bears scored a run in the second inning when with two outs, sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson walked, advanced to second on Prince's wild pitch, and then scored on a RBI single to right by sophomore right fielder Blake Smith. Cal added two more runs in the third inning when Prince hit both junior shortstop Michael Brady and sophomore designated hitter Gorman with pitches, and then gave up an infield single to senior second baseman Satin. Brady and Gorman ended up scoring on Satin's hit after a WSU throwing error.

The Bears scored again in the top of the fifth when Gorman led-off with a home run to left-center. It was the third time this season Gorman has led-off an inning with a home run. The Cougars finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Shea Vucinich walked and scored on Travis Coulter's RBI triple.

Cal added three more insurance runs in the sixth inning when Kobernus doubled down the left field line, was advanced to third by freshman shortstop Brian Guinn's sacrifice bunt, and later scored on junior left fielder Cutler's RBI single to right-center. Satin ended up scoring Gorman and Cutler with a two-run single. The Bears' final two runs came in the eighth when Cutler scored from third on a passed ball, and sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson knocked in a RBI single to right field.

Cutler, Satin and Kobernus finished with two hits apiece for Cal. Satin excluded his hitting streak to 17 games this season and he is on a 22-game hitting streak carrying over from last season.

The Bears will next play Washington State in the second game of the three-game series, Friday, Mar. 21 at 5:30 p.m., before the series final at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 22 at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.

Home Runs:

Cal: Gorman, solo home run in the fifth inning.

Washington State: None.

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