TEMPE, ARIZ. – Arizona State broke open a close game by scoring a run in the sixth inning and two runs in the eighth on the way to a 4-1 win over Cal Saturday night (April 12) at Packard Stadium in Tempe. The Golden Bears, who had lost a heartbreaking 3-2 game in 10 innings Friday night to the Sun Devils, dropped to 14-17 overall and 3-8 in the Pac-12. ASU improved to 19-13 and 9-5 in conference play.
The Sun Devils scored the first run of the game in the first inning when Cal senior left-hander Kyle Porter yielded a home run to right field to Nathaniel Causey.
The Bears were able to get back into the contest by scoring the tying run in the top of the fifth inning off of ASU starter Ryan Kellogg (4-2, 8.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, five strikeouts). Freshman second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz led off the inning with a single, was bunted to second base by sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson, advanced to third base on freshman center fielder Aaron Knapp’s single up the middle, and scored on junior third baseman Chris Paul’s RBI ground out.
Porter (4-3, 7.1 innings, six hits, four runs, three walks, six strikeouts) gave up the go ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Daulton Dinatale hit a lead-off triple to right field and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Colby Woodmansee. The Sun Devils added their two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a wild pitch by Cal reliever Dylan Nelson and a fielder’s choice RBI by Johnny Sewald.
The Bears had a chance to threaten in the top of the ninth inning when they got the first three batters on to load the bases, but Tenerowicz popped up to shortstop and Kranson grounded into a double play to end the game.
Cal finished with five hits on the day, including two by sophomore first baseman Nick Halamandaris, who doubled to center field in the sixth inning. Junior shortstop Derek Campbell also doubled for the Bears.
Cal will face the Sun Devils in the third game of the three-game conference series on Sunday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium.