April 20, 2013
BERKELEY - Washington State pitcher Jason Monda knocked in an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning and then held off Cal's threat in the bottom of ninth despite singles from Andrew Knapp as the Cougars defeated the Golden Bears, 7-6, Saturday night (April 20) at Evans Diamond.
Cal (17-21, 6-11 in Pac-12) will next host WSU (19-17, 6-8) in the rubber match Sunday, April 21 in a 2 p.m. contest (shown on the Pac-12 Networks). The Bears had defeated the Cougars, 4-2, Friday night in the first game of the series.
It was a wild end to a tight ballgame as Cal got back-to-back one-out singles from sophomore second baseman Farney and junior catcher Knapp off of Monda (2-0, 2.0 innings, three hits). But, the contest ended when junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez flew out to center field and then Knapp was caught in a run-down between first and second base for the final out of the game.
Sophomore reliever Dylan Nelson suffered the loss (1-4, 1.0 inning, one hit, one run, one strikeout) when he gave up a one-out single to Trace Tam Sing in the top of the ninth inning. Sing ended up scoring the winning run when Cal's senior left-hander Justin Jones yielded a two-out RBI single to Monda.
The game was a back and forth affair as WSU scored two runs in the first inning on a two-run homer by Adam Nelubowich, but the Bears responded with a two-run homer by Knapp in the bottom of the first. Cal got two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles from freshman center fielder Devin Pearson and Knapp to take a 4-2 lead.
The Cougars jumped ahead with two runs in the fourth inning, and single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to take a 6-4 advantage. Again, the Bears came back to tie the contest, 6-6, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI double down the left field line by Rodriguez and a fielding error by WSU pitcher J.D. Leckenby.
Knapp finished the evening 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI; while Pearson, Farney and junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp finished with two hits apiece. Cal out-hit the Cougars, 13 to 10.
On Saturday night, the Bears honored Cal's 1988 College World Series team that featured future Major League standouts Jeff Kent and Darren Lewis. The '88 team, coached by Bob Milano and captained by Darryl Vice and John Correa, finished the season 40-25 and earned the school's fourth appearance in the CWS and was one of only three Golden Bear teams to win 40 or more games in a single season.