Huskies Sweep Cal With 10-7, 11-Inning Win
April 28, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - Tyler Davidson's RBI double in the 11th inning broke a 7-7 tie as the Washington baseballteam beat California, 10-7, Sunday at Evans Diamond to move into sole possession ofsecond place in the Pac-10 Conference, completing its first series sweep of the season.
The Huskies (20-19-1 overall, 8-4 in the Pac-10) moved a half game ahead of ArizonaState (9-6 league play) for second place in the conference, trailing only USC by a game anda half. Cal fell to 26-22 overall and 8-10 in the conference.
Davidson, a junior from Edmonds (Meadowdale) lined a double to the wall in left-centerfield, driving in Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) from first base. Garthwaite haddrawn a walk off of Cal reliever Blake Read (1-2), who took the loss. A single fromMike Wagner (Woodinville) drove in Davidson and Wagner moved to second on a wildpitch and came in on a single from Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) to account for the finaltally.
UW sophomore Brian Carter (Woodinville) struck out the only batter he faced with arunner at second in the 10th inning to get the win while junior Tyler Shepple (Arvada,Colo.) threw the 11th inning for his fifth save of the year.
The Bears scored a single run in the first inning to take the early lead. With two outs,second baseman Carson White doubled to the gap in right-center and scored on a single upthe middle from first baseman Conor Jackson.
In the top of the second, the Huskies posted a pair of two-out runs. With runners at secondand third, second baseman Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) hit an 0-2 pitch to center field for asingle, driving in both runners to give Washington a 2-1 lead.
In the third, Davidson belted a long home run to left field with Wagner aboard to make theUW's lead 4-1. It was the sixth homer of the year for the Huskies' cleanup hitter.
Washington tacked on a fifth run in the fourth off of Cal reliever Joe Todoroff whenIsaacson doubled and then scored on a double from freshman Taylor Johnson(Vancouver/Skyview).
Cal closed the gap to 5-3 with two more two-out runs in the fourth. Justin Nelson's doublescored Brian Horwitz with the first run. Nelson then scored on a single from shortstop JeffDragicevich. The Huskies, however, got the two runs back in the fifth when Wagner, theUW designated hitter, went the opposite way with a two-run homer.
After UW starter Clay Johnson (Elma) left the game at the start of the sixth inning, theBears got back into the game with three runs. After a sacrifice fly had plated one run,shortstop Jeff Dragicevich belted a two-run homer to left to leave UW with a 7-6 edge.
The Bears tied it in the eighth when catcher John Baker doubled, moved to third on asacrifice bunt and scored on a single from Nelson.
With the scored tied at 7-7 in the top of the ninth, Davidson flied out to deep right field asCal's Brian Horwitz seemingly robbed the Husky junior of a home run, or at least extrabases off the top of the fence.
The Huskies' sweep was their first since taking three games from Southern Utah early inthe 2001 season. Since breaking a seven-game losing streak, the Huskies have won eightof their last 12.
The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for their next five games. Next Friday throughSunday, UCLA visits for a three-game league series. May 7 and 8, Portland comes toSeattle for a pair of non-conference games.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference BaseballWashington 10, California 7, 11 inningsWashington 022 120 000 03 -- 10 15 1California 100 203 010 00 -- 7 15 2Clay Johnson, Jeff Petersen (6), Will Fenton (7), Brian Carter (10), Tyler Shepple (11)and Aaron Hathaway. Travis Talbott, Joe Todoroff (4), Creighton Kahoalii (6), JesseIngram (7), Matt Brown (7), Blake Read (11) and John Baker. W - Carter (1-1). L - Read(1-2). Sv - Shepple (5). 2B - UW, Jay Garthwaite, Greg Isaacson, Taylor Johnson,Michael Done, Tyler Davidson; Cal, Carson White, Justin Nelson, Baker 2. HR - UW,Davidson (6), Mike Wagner (2); Cal, Jeff Dragicevich (3). T - 4:18. A - 397.
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