BERKELEY - Led by the pitching of sophomore right-hander Ryan Mason and an 11-hit attack, Cal baseball upended No. 6-ranked Washington, 7-1, Sunday (April 19) at Evans Diamond. It was the Golden Bears' eighth win over a ranked opponent this season as Cal improved to 16-19 overall and 5-10 in the Pac-12.
Washington, which had won 17 of its last 19 games entering Sunday's contest, is now 27-8-1 overall and 14-4 in league play. The Huskies had won 4-3 on Thursday and 6-2 Friday.
The Bears scored three runs in the second inning off of Washington starter Jeff Brigham (4-2, eight hits, five runs, two walks) on a two-run single by sophomore right fielder Brian Celsi and an RBI single by sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson. Cal added two more runs in the fifth inning on junior shortstop Derek Campbell's two-run double down the left field line.
The Bears tacked on single runs in the sixth inning when Robbie Tenerowicz scored on a Husky passed ball and in the seventh inning when senior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez homered over the right field fence.
Meanwhile, Mason (3-0) gave Cal his best outing of the year, throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts. Washington scored its lone run in the sixth inning on a Robert Pehl RBI single.
Kranson (3-for-3, RBI) and freshman left fielder Aaron Knapp (3-for-5) finished with three hits apiece, while Campbell hit his seventh double of the season and Rodriquez hit his third home run of the season.
"I am encouraged by what I am seeing from our team," said Cal coach David Esquer. "The second game of this series was there for the taking, but we were not able to take advantage of opportunities. Today was an important win for us, so I think we are moving forward. This was the best Ryan Mason has pitched for us all year and our young players are continuing to improve."
The Bears next travel to Fresno State on Tuesday, April 22 for a 6:35 p.m. contest before traveling to Bay Area rival Stanford, April 26-28, at Sunken Diamond (game times 2 p.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.). The April 27 and 28 games will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.