Cal Baseball Comes From Behind to Defeat Washington, 8-6
March 30, 2001
SEATTLE, WA - Cal, down 6-1, scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Washington, 8-6, Friday night at Husky Ballpark. The Bears improve to 16-14 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies fall to 14-8 and 2-5 in conference.
Cal scored two runs in the seventh inning on a two-run single by freshman outfielder Brian Horwitz. The Bears then took advantage of three Washington errors in the eighth inning to score five runs, with a big hit coming on a two-run single to center field by sophomore center fielder Ben Conley.
The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman reliever Blake Read (1-0, 3.0 innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, three strikeouts), who earned his first collegiate win when he replaced Bears starter Trevor Hutchinson (5.0 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts) in the sixth inning. Freshman Matt Brown earned his fifth save of the year, pitching the ninth inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Brown actually got out of a jam in the ninth when with two outs, he struck out Jay Garthwaite, but Garthwaite advanced to first when catcher Creighton Kahoalii could not find the ball that hit the dirt and was at his feet. Brown then hit the next batter, before getting Bryan Johnson to strikeout to end the game.
Top hitters for Cal included Conley, Horwitz, freshman Conor Jackson and freshman Spencer Wyman with two hits apiece. Jackson was 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Tila Reynolds led the Huskies, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Cal will next face Washington in the second game of the three-game series Saturday, Mar. 31 at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
Washington: Reynolds, solo home run in the sixth.