Washington State dropped a 12-2 Pac-12 Conference contest in the series-opener at California Friday evening.
The Cougars (14-9, 1-3 Pac-12) received two hits from junior third baseman Shane Matheny who also drove in two runs.
California improved to 10-13 overall and 2-5 in conference play after scoring four runs in the first inning, all with two outs and later added two runs in the third and three more in the fourth inning.
Washington State left 13 baserunners on base, including two in the first inning and the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh innings.
The Golden Bears collected 12 hits and received six scoreless innings from starter Jared Horn.
Junior first baseman James Rudkin reached on a fielder's choice in the first inning to extend his on-base streak to 20 straight games. Matheny doubled in two runs in the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the first, Cal (10-13, 2-5 Pac-12) got the bats rolling right away. Infield singles by Jeffrey Mitchell, Jr. and Andrew Vaughn got the rally started, a fly out moved Mitchell to third and Tanner Dodson put Cal in front with a single through the right side. That was just the start of what turned out to be a big inning for Cal.
Jonah Davis stayed alive with a pair of foul balls and turned a 2-2 count into a two-run triple, lining one just inside the bag at first and into the right field corner. Max Flower followed with his own single through the right side and Cal owned a 4-0 lead.
Cal's offense continued in the fourth as the lead grew to 9-0. Mitchell got the Bears started again, this time sending a triple into the right field corner. An errant throw allowed the Cal sophomore to never stop running as he raced home for a run. Later in the inning, Ripken Reyes added to the offensive onslaught, bringing Dodson and Denis Karas home with a single that chased Washington State starter Damon Jones and put Cal ahead 9-0.
The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m.
— WSU Baseball (@Cougbaseball) April 1, 2017