Cal rallies to hand WSU its fourth straight loss

Cougars take down Idaho in battle of border rivals

Washington State committed four errors in the seventh inning and California rallied for 13-8 victory in nonconference baseball at Evans Diamond, Monday.

The Cougars (24-24) led 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff single, reliever Ty Jackson mishandled a sacrifice to put runners at first and second. Spencer Jackson (2-2) came out of the bullpen and recorded the first out on a sacrifice.

Two runs scored on ground ball through the legs of Tommy Richards to give the Golden Bears (26-22) a 6-5 lead. A throwing error on the play allowed the batter-runner to take second. An RBI-single and a throwing error made it 7-5 and, two batters later, a run-scoring single complete the rally.

“We were in a great position to win the game and then our defense let us down,” Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. “One bad play turned into two bad innings.”

The Golden Bears added five runs against Richie Ochoa in the eighth to open a 13-5 lead. The Cougars tacked on three runs in the ninth to account for the final score. Nate Blackham singled in a run, an error allowed a second run to score, and Derek Jones collected an RBI-single to cap the scoring.

Washington State grabbed a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh on Taylor Ard’s three-run double against Joey Donofrio (5-1). Collin Slaybaugh opened the frame with a single. Ian Sagdal walked and Kyle Johnson bunted for a hit to load the bases. After Blackham struck out, Ard ripped a pitch into the left-center field gap and raised his team-leading RBI total to 46.

Ard gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in first inning with an RBI-double after Johnson singled and moved to second on a sacrifice by Blackham.

California tied the game with a run in the first and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the second off Washington State starter Sean Hartnett.

The Cougars drew even in the fourth on one-out singles by Richards and Patrick Claussen and a two-out, RBI-single by Slaybaugh. The Golden Bears scored a run in the fifth against Nick LaRoy and added a run in the sixth for a 4-2 advantage.


Taylor Ard’s two doubles gives him 27 extra-base hits, equaling his 2011 total…Cougars host USC in a Pac-12 Conference game, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.