Cal Baseball Loses at Washington, 5-4
April 16, 2005
SEATTLE, WA - Down 5-2 in the ninth, junior right fielder Jeremy Burchett hit a two-run homer to get California within 5-4, but that was as close as the Golden Bears could get, falling to Washington in the second game of a three-game series Saturday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Cal goes to 23-16 overall and 5-6 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies improved to 23-13 and 4-4 in conference. Washington had defeated the Bears, 5-1, Friday night.
Husky sophomore Kyle Parker (6-4) held the Bears to two runs over 7.7 innings to earn the victory. He allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven. Down three runs entering the ninth inning, the Bears mounted a comeback off of Washington freshman reliever Brandon McKerney. With one on and one out, Burchett, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh, belted a homer into the Cal bullpen in left field, drawing the Bears within one run. However, UW seniors David Dowling and Josh Conover came on to retire one batter each to end the game with Conover earning his fifth save in the process.
The Huskies got a quick lead in the first inning as Cory Rickard scored on a single from Matt Hague. In the third, Hague singled in Zach Clem, who walked to begin the inning. The Huskies went on to load the bases with two outs and Joe Todoroff came on in relief of Cal starter Michael Cooper (3-2, 2.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks). Todoroff walked UW freshman catcher Joey Dunn on four straight pitches to force in the Huskies' third run before getting a groundout to end the inning with Washington in front, 3-0.
The Huskies tacked on a fourth run in the fifth when Nick Batkoski singled and eventually scored on a two-out single from second baseman Mike Rundle.
Cal finally broke through in the sixth. With two outs, sophomore outfielder Chris Errecart singled and cleanup hitter Brennan Boesch followed with his seventh home run of the year, cutting the UW's lead in half.
Washington got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when Batkoski delivered a two-out RBI single to give the Huskies their 5-2 advantage until the top of the ninth..James Holder had three hits in four at bats to lead the Bears, while Errecart and freshman second baseman Josh Satin had two hits apiece.
Cal will next play the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series versus Washington, Sunday, Apr. 17 at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
Cal: Boesch, two-run homer in the sixth. Burchett, two-run homer in the ninth.