Washington State's ninth-inning comeback fell short as California held on for a 4-3 victory in the series-opener at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Cougars scored two runs in the ninth and had the tying run on second base before California shut down the rally with a game-ending strikeout.

By the Numbers
  • Nate Swarts had two hits after missing the previous nine games.
  • Washington State left nine runners on base throughout the game.
  • Grant Taylor struck out nine batters for the Cougars.
State of Play
  • California's two-run homer in the fourth inning gave them the lead.
  • WSU put runners on in multiple innings but struggled to capitalize until the ninth.
What's Next

The series will continue on Saturday at 2:05 p.m., with the Cougars looking to bounce back after the close loss.

Bottom Line

Washington State's late comeback efforts were not enough to overcome California's lead, leaving the Cougars seeking redemption in the next game of the series.