Cal suffered a tough setback in yesterday's game, falling 13-10 to the Cougars. Some good news for our shortstop though.
Sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien had a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to give California an 8-6 lead, but the Golden Bears gave up seven runs in the next two innings and fell, 13-10, at Washington State Saturday night (May 8) at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. No. 18-ranked Cal dropped to 27-16 overall and 11-8 in the Pac-10. The Cougars improved to 23-17 and 7-9 in league play. Sophomore right fielder Danny Oh was 4-for-4 with an RBI, while Semien went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Earlier in the day it was announced that Semien was selected as one of 25 players (quarterfinalist) in the running for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation's top shortstop.
Cal had scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning off WSU starter Chad Arnold. Freshman designated hitter Devin Rodriguez had an RBI single, junior first baseman Mark Canha scored on an Arnold wild pitch. Semien had a fielder's choice RBI and Rodriguez scored on Cougar shortstop Shea Vucinich's throwing error. Freshman third baseman Tony Renda finished the Bear's scoring in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.
But WSU came back with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth off Cal starter Erik Johnson (3.0 innings, three hits, three earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts) and junior right hander Kevin Miller (3-3, 3.2 innings, two earned runs, one strikeout).
The Bears look to rebound today, likely behind Justin Jones. Follow the action here! GO BEARS!