Cal Baseball Loses to Washington, 5-4
April 27, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - Despite Trevor Hutchinson pitching a solid game and becoming Cal's all-time strikeout leader, Washington defeated the Bears, 5-4, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 26-21 overall and 8-9 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improve to 19-19-1, 7-4 in conference. Washington had defeated Cal, 2-0, Friday.
Hutchinson left the game having pitched 8.3 innings with eight hits, four runs, five walks and four strikeouts, giving him 276 career strikeouts, surpassing Doug Weiss' 275 strikeouts from 1955-57. Unfortunately for the Bears they were not able to hold a 4-2 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth, and they weren't able to score with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth.
In the top of the ninth the Huskies' Tila Reynolds hit a two-out, two-run triple off of Cal reliever Matt Brown (5-2, 0.3 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout) to tie the game, 4-4. Then Kyle Larson hit a single to center off of, scoring Reynolds to give Washington a 5-4 advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth, Husky reliever Will Fenton earned his first save of the season when he was able to strikeout Justin Nelson and Jeff Dragicevich with the bases loaded. Trevor Gibson (1-0, 0.3 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) got the win for Washington.
Cal had broken a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning on a two-run double by freshman third baseman David Nicholson. David Weiner was 3-for-5 for the Bears. Nicholson, Nelson, Dragicevich, Conor Jackson and Brad Smith had two-hits apiece for Cal.
The Bears will play the third game of the three-game series versus Washington Sunday, Apr. 28 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.