March 29, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - California scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning and went on to post an 8-2 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 Conference baseball at Evans Diamond, Sunday.
Trailing 2-1, the Golden Bears (14-10, 3-3 Pac-10) loaded the bases on an error and two singles off Washington State (10-12, 2-1 Pac-10) senior starter Jared Prince (1-2). The Cougar hurler balked in the tying run and hit a batter before being lifted in favor of redshirt-sophomore David Stilley.
Stilley recorded two outs on a pair of pop outs and appeared to be out of the inning when he induced Brian Guinn to hit a fly ball to left field. However, WSU freshman Patrick Claussen dropped the ball and three more runs came home to put the Golden Bears on top 5-2.
"It is always tough to lose a game like that," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We played well for three days with the exception of one inning so overall we have to feel pretty good about our weekend."
The Cougars struck first when freshman Derek Jones homered with two outs in the top of the first. California tied the game in the third, but WSU regained the lead in the fifth on a two-out double by Claussen and an error by the Golden Bears.
Washington State returns to Bailey-Brayton Field for a five-game homestand beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. against UCLA.
Frshman Derek Jones homered for the third-straight game.