May 9, 2010
PULLMAN, WASH. - Junior first baseman Mark Canha went 3-4 with a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a career-high seven RBI, but it wasn't enough for California to comeback from Washington State's nine-run sixth inning as the Golden Bears fell to the Cougars, 11-9, Sunday (May 9) at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Cal dropped to 27-17 overall and 11-9 in Pac-10 play, while WSU improved to 24-17 and 8-9 in league. The Cougars had defeated the Bears, 13-10, on Saturday. The two teams play the third game of the series Monday, May 10 at 12 p.m.
Cal had taken a 6-1 lead after Canha had hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning off WSU's Jamie Wise and had an RBI single in the sixth inning, but as had happened Friday against the Cougars, WSU came roaring back, this time with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off the Bears' freshman left-hander Justin Jones (9-4, 5.2 innings, eight hits, six earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts), sophomore right-hander Matt Flemer and junior right-hander Brian Diemer.
WSU jumped out to its 10-6 lead and was able to hang on, adding an run in the bottom of the seventh inning before Cal threatened with three runs in the top of the eighth inning on Canha's three-run homer to center field to make the score, 11-9.
Besides Canha's extraordinary day, freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and freshman Tony Renda (2-for-5, double), junior second baseman Brian Guinn (2-for-3) and sophomore catcher Chadd Krist (2-for-4, double) had two hits apiece. The Bears finished with 16 hits.
Home Runs: Cal: Canha, two-run homer in the fourth inning. Canha, three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Washington State: Michael Weber, three-run homer in the sixth inning.