by Brad Wall
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State's 11 hits did not matchup to California's 14 as the Golden Bears clobbered in nine runs to defeat the Cougs 9-4.
California struck first when Tony Renda hit a two-out double down the right field line followed by a Mitch Delfino single to bring him in.
WSU answered right back in the bottom of the first when Adam Nelubowich hit a two-out single of his own to score Patrick Claussen. Taylor Ard advanced to third on the play giving the Cougs runners on the corners. Tommy Richards then grounded out to end the inning.
Danny Oh led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Reuvekamp. Brenden Farney was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a bunt to the pitcher. Kyle Swannack relieved starter Joe Pistorese and allowed three straight hits that produced runs for Cal to put the Golden Bears up 5-1.
Ard hit a two-out single to get a run back for the Cougars in the bottom of the fifth bringing in Collin Slaybaugh. A Derek Jones walk loaded the bases, but Nelubowich popped out to the shortstop to keep WSU from getting more runs.
California loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and got one more run on a sacrifice fly by Chadd Krist to score Oh.
Richards doubled to start off the sixth and advanced to third on a fly out. Slaybaugh singled to score Richards, and stole second base during the next at-bat. Ian Sagdal brought Slaybaugh around to score after that with a single up the middle. Kyle Johnson grounded into a double play to end the inning with the score 6-4.
The Golden Bears got up to their largest lead of the day with a 3-run shot in the seventh by Chad Bunting bringing in Vince Bruno, Renda and himself to put Cal up 9-4.
Washington State got the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh with singles by Jones and Nelubowich and a walk by Richards. Stetson Olson pinch-hitted for Jason Monda and popped out to first base.
The Cougars were unable to salvage any more runs as pitchers Kyle Porter and Joey Donofrio allowed no runs in relief for Starter Matt Flemmer, who threw for six innings allowing four runs on eight hits.
Winning game one of the series, WSU will look to take the series in game three tomorrow at noon.