May 8, 2010
PULLMAN, WASH. - Sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien had a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to give California an 8-6 lead, but the Golden Bears gave up seven runs in the next two innings and fell, 13-10, at Washington State Saturday night (May 8) at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. No. 18-ranked Cal dropped to 27-16 overall and 11-8 in the Pac-10. The Cougars improved to 23-17 and 7-9 in league play. Sophomore right fielder Danny Oh was 4-for-4 with an RBI, while Semien went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Earlier in the day it was announced that Semien was selected as one of 25 players (quarterfinalist) in the running for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop.
Cal had scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning off WSU starter Chad Arnold. Freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez had an RBI single, junior first baseman Mark Canha scored on an Arnold wild pitch. Semien had a fielder's choice RBI and Rodriguez scored on Cougar shortstop Shea Vucinich's throwing error. Freshman third baseman Tony Renda finished the Bear's scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
But WSU came back with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth off Cal starter Erik Johnson (3.0 innings, three hits, three earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts) and junior right hander Kevin Miller (3-3, 3.2 innings, two earned runs, one strikeout).
Cal added a run in the fifth inning on Oh's RBI single to center field, but the Cougars answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the score, 6-6.
After neither team scored in the sixth inning, Semien gave the Bears the lead in the top of the seventh, only to see Cal yield four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and three runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Bears did rally for two runs in the top of the ninth on junior second baseman Brian Guinn's two-run single to left center field for the final 13-10 margin.
Cal out-hit the Cougars, 14-11, but committed four errors. Besides Oh and Semien's efforts at the plate, Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Guinn was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Cal will next play Washington State in the second game of the three-game series, Sunday May 9 at 12 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Washington State: None.