California Rallies Past Cougar Baseball

March 21, 2008

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Twelfth-ranked California scored four times in the top of the eighth inning to come-from-behind and defeat No. 25 Washington State 7-4 in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.

Washington State (13-7, 0-2 Pac-10) led 4-3 when Andrew Davis (2-1) issued a walk to Jeff Kobernus leading off the California (15-3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) eighth. After Blake Smith was unable to bunt Kobernus over, he drilled a 1-2 pitch from Davis over the right field wall to put the Golden Bears on top 5-4.

Seth Harvey came in from the Cougar bullpen and was touched for a RBI-double by Rich Gorman and a run-scoring single by Charlie Cutler with two outs to cap the rally.

'All the credit goes to California,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. They got big hits and made big plays. We put ourselves in position to win battles throughout the game, but did not finish the job.'

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Travis Coulter singled, moved to third on a pair of ground outs and scored on a Jim Murphy single.

After California tied the game with a run in the second, Paul Gran delivered his fourth home run of the season with two outs and a man aboard in the third to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead.

The Golden Bears tied the game in the top of the fifth when David Cooper hit a two-run home run off Cougar starter Jayson Miller. The WSU southpaw wound up going six and two-thirds innings giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out six and not walking a batter.

The Cougars regained the lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Shea Vucinich to lead off the inning and a pinch-hit RBI-double by Garry Kuykendall with one out.

The teams conclude their three-game series Saturday at 11 a.m.

California 7, Washington State 4----------------------------------------------------------------------California.......... 010 020 040  -  7 10  0      (15-3-1, 2-0 Pac-10)Washington State.... 102 001 000  -  4 12  0      (13-7, 0-2 Pac-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: California - Bennigson; Wolford(6); Gorgen(9). Washington State - Miller, Jayson;Kost, Steve(7); Davis, Andrew(7); Harvey, Seth(8).Win-Wolford(2-0)  Save-Gorgen(3)  Loss-Davis, Andrew(2-1)  T-3:22  A-322HR CAL - Cooper (9); Smith (3).HR WSU - Gran, Paul (4).Game notes:Kost, S. faced 1 batter in the 7th.Davis, A. faced 2 batters in the 8th.
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