PULLMAN, WASH. - Senior left fielder Vince Bruno went 3-for-3 with a home run, but Cal baseball still fell, 3-1, Saturday (April 5) at Washington State. The Golden Bears dipped to 14-13 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-12. The Cougars, who also won 3-0 on Friday, improved to 14-13 and 5-3 in conference play.
WSU had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Trek Stemp doubled off of Cal senior left-hander Kyle Porter (4-2, 7.0 innings, nine hits, two runs, no walks, five strikeouts) and later scored on a Nick Tanielu sacrifice fly.
The Bears came back to tie the contest, 1-1, in the top of the fifth inning when Bruno hit a one-out homer to right center field off of Cougar starter Tanner Chleborad (2-2, 7.1 innings, six hits, one run, no walks, one strikeout).
But, WSU took the lead for good with a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Matt Mendenhall after back-to-back doubles off of Porter, and added an insurance run in the eighth inning off of Cal senior reliever Trevor Hildenberger on Yale Rosen's RBI double.
Cal will next try to capture the third game of the conference series in Pullman, Sunday, April 6 at 12 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.