PULLMAN, WASH. – WSU’s Michael Monda hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning off of Cal freshman Alex Martinez to lead the Cougars to a 6-5 extra-inning win Sunday (April 6) at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. The Golden Bears dropped to 14-15 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-12. The Cougars, who also won 3-0 on Friday and 3-1 Saturday, improved to 15-13 and 6-3 in conference play.
Cal had had an impressive top of the ninth inning when it pushed across three runs. In the top of the ninth, sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson had a key two-out RBI double and senior left fielder Vince Bruno gave the Bears a 4-3 lead with an RBI single to center field, and freshman outfielder Aaron Knapp pushed Cal’s lead to 5-3 on a fielder’s choice RBI. But, WSU scored two runs off of Bear reliever Trevor Hildenberger to send the game into extra innings.
Cal starter Ryan Mason had given up a run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by WSU’s Nick Tanielu. The Bears came back with a run in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by sophomore right-fielder Brian Celsi, scoring Kranson, who had reached base on a two-out single to center field off of Cougar starter Jason Monda.
WSU regained the lead in the fifth inning on an RBI single by PJ Jones off of Cal reliever Dylan Nelson, and added an insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Trek Stemp off of Nelson.
The Bears got within, 3-2, with a run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Devon Rodriguez after Bruno walked and advanced to second base on a WSU balk.
The Bears next continue their Pac-12 road trip, traveling to Arizona State, April 11-13 at Packard Stadium. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.