May 20, 2013
BERKELEY - In a dramatic conclusion to the 2013 season, freshman John Soteropulos led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a double and later scored on freshman Mitchell Kranson's single to left field to lift Cal to a 3-2 extra-inning victory over Gonzaga Monday night at Evans Diamond.
The Golden Bears garnered their fifth extra-inning win of the season and their sixth walk-off victory to finish the 2013 campaign 23-31, defeating a Gonzaga squad that is now 32-19-1 and winners of the West Coast Conference regular season league title.
Cal was able to win the game when Soteropulos, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement at second base in the 11th inning, led off the 12th with a double down the right field line off of Gonzaga reliever Karl Myers for his first collegiate hit. Andrew Knapp was then intentionally walked and Devon Rodriguez sacrificed Soteropulos and Knapp to third base and second base with a bunt. Kranson followed with a single to left field off of Derek Peterson to finish the evening 3-for-6 with the game-winning RBI.
Freshman left-hander Jake Schulz (1-2) picked up the win for the Bears, throwing the final 1.2 innings with no hits, no runs, three walks and three strikeouts.
Cal scored the game's first run in the second inning when Rodriguez led-off with a double and ended up scoring on sophomore shortstop Chris Paul's sacrifice fly to left field. The Bulldogs tied the game, 1-1, with an unearned run in the sixth inning off of Bear freshman right-hander Collin Monsour (5.0 innings, five hits, one unearned run, no walks, two strikeouts).
Gonzaga took a 2-1 lead in the 10th inning when Cory Lebrum had an RBI double off of Cal sophomore right-hander Keaton Siomkin (4.1 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, three strikeouts), but the Bears were able to scratch a run in the bottom of the 10th when freshman center fielder Devin Pearson had a one-out single and eventually scored on a Gonzaga wild pitch.
"Our guys played hard this season and fought to the end," said Cal coach David Esquer. "It was a fun game and it was great to see John Soteropulos get his first collegiate hit at such an important situation. It was a nice way to end the season. Our team didn't just go through the motions, they competed all the way through and were able to defeat a quality team that had won the WCC."