April 26, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. - The Cal baseball team scored a run in the top of the 12th inning on freshman center fielder Devin Pearson's RBI single, but then gave up two runs in the bottom of the 12th to lose, 3-2, to Washington Friday night (April 26) at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.
The Golden Bears dropped to 18-23 overall and 7-12 in the Pac-12, while the Huskies upped their record to 14-26 and 6-10 in league play. It was Cal's fifth extra-inning game of the season.
The Bears had scored the go ahead run in the top of the 12th when freshman left fielder Brian Celsi had a one-out single through the middle of the infield. Then after Chris Paul flew out to left field, junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp produced a single to center field to put Celsi on second base and set up Pearson's clutch RBI single through the right side of the infield to give Cal a brief 2-1 advantage
Unfortunately for David Esquer's squad, things fell apart in the bottom of the 12th inning. Senior right-hander Logan Scott (3-2) hit the Huskies' lead-off batter, gave up a single and then the Bears' catcher, Andrew Knapp, had an error on sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. Senior right-hander Ryan Wertenberger replaced Scott and threw a wild pitch to allow the tying run to score, before later yielding a single to Washington's Braden Bishop for the game-winning hit.
The loss to the Huskies spoiled an outstanding start for Cal's freshman right-hander Ryan Mason, who threw 8.2 innings with nine hits, one run, no walks and two strikeouts. The Bears had scored a run in the top of the third inning when Celsi scored from third base after Pearson was able to get in a run-down between first and second base. Washington tied the game, 1-1, with a run in the sixth inning on Joe Meggs' RBI single off of Mason.
Reuvekamp led Cal at the plate, going 3-for-5. It was his sixth-straight game with two or more hits to raise his season average to .286. Celsi and sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney had two hits apiece for the Bears.
Cal will next play the second game of the three-game conference series versus the Huskies on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.