Washington State batters had eight consecutive hits in a nine-run sixth inning that propelled the Cougars to an 11-9 Pac-10 win over No. 18 California on Sunday in Pullman.
Michael Weber went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for WSU (24-17, 8-9 Pac-10) and Cody Bartlett was 3 for 5 and drove in two runs.
The nine-run sixth was the most runs the Cougars have scored in an inning in conference play since 2001.
Mark Canha hit two home runs and recorded seven RBIs for the Golden Bears (27-17, 11-9 Pac-10).
WSU has won the first two games of the series, which concludes today at noon.
•Washington scored four times in the ninth but came up short in a 7-6 loss to No. 12 UCLA in Pac-10 play in Seattle.
The Huskies fell to 25-22, 8-10 Pac-10 after the three-game sweep.
Bruins (34-10, 10-8 Pac-10) closer Dan Klein, who came into the game having not allowed a home run this season, gave up a solo home run to Chase Anselment and a three-run shot to Julien Pollard in the ninth before recording the final outs.
Track and field
Three Cougars had personal bests and Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo placed second in the decathlon at the Pacific-10 Conference Combined Events Championship in Berkeley, Calif.
WSU’s Kyle Schauble took sixth place in the decathlon with a personal-best total of 6,899 points. Oregon’s Ashton Eaton won with 8,154 points, and the Huskies’ Taiwo was second with 7,521 points.
Schauble fell one point short of the NCAA provisional mark of 6,900 points.
The Cougars’ Angela Jensen finished sixth in the heptathlon with 5,017 points, and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown took seventh place with 4,962 points. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen won with 5,917 points.
In the team standings, the WSU women were fourth with five points and the men were fifth with three points.
Ex-Huskies AD dies
Joe Kearney, the former University of Washington athletic director who hired two of the biggest names in Huskies history – football coach Don James and basketball’s Marv Harshman – has died at the age of 83, after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Kearney was the Huskies’ AD from 1969-75 before moving on to Michigan State, where he hired Jud Heathcote – the Spokane resident who took the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA basketball title.
Kearney had taught and coached at Sunnyside, Onalaska and Tumwater high schools and spent a year working at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association before joining the staff at UW.