April 21, 2013
BERKELEY - In a dramatic ninth inning comeback, freshman third baseman Mitchell Kranson knocked in the game-tying run and Mike Reuvekamp hit the game-winner off of Cougar reliever Kellen Camus to lead Cal to a 2-1 victory over Washington State Sunday (April 21) at Evans Diamond.
With the win, the Golden Bears (18-21, 7-11) captured the series over the Cougars (19-18, 6-9), two games to one, taking Game one of the series, 4-2, Friday night before falling, 7-6, Saturday night.
Cal had trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth after WSU had scored a run in the fifth inning on Jason Monda's RBI single off of the Bears' sophomore right-hander Dylan Nelson (4.2 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, five strikeouts).
Cal relievers Logan Scott (3-1, 1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout) were outstanding in shutting out Cougars for the final 4.1 innings. WSU had received outstanding pitching from sophomore right-hander Scott Simon (7.0 innings, five hits, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts).
But, in the bottom of the ninth inning Cal came through against Cougar reliever Camus. Freshman first baseman Nick Halamandaris led off the inning by forcing a walk and was pinch ran for by freshman Sean Peters. Peters was advanced to second base by freshman pinch hitter John Soteropulos' bunt, followed by an infield single by freshman left fielder Brian Celsi.
Necomer Kranson then had the biggest hit of his Cal career with a sharp single to right field that scored Peters and tied the game, 1-1. Reuvekamp quickly followed with the game-winning hit to left center field that scored Celsi.
It was the third game-winning hit of the season for Reuvekamp, who also had the game-winning sacrifice fly March 9 versus Fresno State, and the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning Feb. 16 versus Michigan. He finished the day with two hits - his fourth straight game with two hits.
Kranson, Celsi and junior catcher Andrew Knapp also finished the day with a pair of hits.
"I was very proud of our pitching staff today," said Cal coach David Esquer, who on Friday had won his 400th career game with the Bears. "To hold WSU to one run was outstanding. Offensively, we had our backs to the wall, but we were able to come through. It was a big win and to be able to do that (to come from behind late in the game) is important. We are right there in becoming a good team, and to be able to turn today's game around is a step in the right direction."
The Bears will next host Cal Poly on Tuesday, April 23 at 5 p.m. at Evans Diamond and can be heard on KNEW 960 AM (prior to 6:10 p.m. can be heard on Calbears.com) with Roxy Bernstein announcing.