Cal Baseball Rolls Over Washington, 16-7
April 1, 2001
SEATTLE, WA - Cal swept its first series against a Pac-10 opponent since 1998, defeating Washington, 16-7, Sunday at Husky Ballpark. The Bears improve to 18-14 on the season and 5-4 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies fall to 14-10 and 2-7 in conference. Cal had defeated Washington, 8-6, Friday night and 5-2 Saturday.
The Bears last sweep of a conference foe was Washington State, Mar. 14-16, 1998. It was the first time Cal has swept a Pac-10 series since the Northern Division and Southern Division merged in 1999. It was also the third straight Sunday the Bears exploded offensively, as Cal won 17-5 Mar. 18 versus Arizona State, 10-1 Mar. 25 versus Washington State and now 16-7 Apr. 1 at Washington.
The Bears scored five runs in the first inning, two runs in the second, a run in the third, three runs in the fourth, a run in the sixth and four runs in the seventh inning off of six Husky pitchers. Cal had a season-high 20 hits, led by Carson White, Rob Meyer, Conor Jackson and Jeff Dragicevich. White was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth inning and a fielder's choice RBI in the seventh inning. He also hit balls that were caught against the center field wall in the second and sixth innings. Meyer was 4-for-6 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Jackson extended his hitting streak to 14-games by going 4-for-5 with two RBI and Dragicevich was 3-for-5 with an RBI. .
The winning pitcher for Cal was senior reliever Andrew Sproul, who improved his record to 3-0, pitching 3.0 innings with three hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. Senior David Cash earned his third save of the year, throwing the final 4.7 innings with three hits, one run, three walks and a strikeout.
'The most important thing about us sweeping this series is that we are playing better,' said head coach David Esquer. 'We hope we can continue this through next weekend's series.'
Cal will next host San Francisco, Tuesday, Apr. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears will then travel to Oregon State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 6 at 2 p.m. at Goss Stadium/Coleman Field in Corvallis, OR.
Cal: White, two-run homer in the first inning. White, three-run homer in the fourth inning. Meyer, two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Washington: Miller, solo home run in the sixth inning.