Huskies Hold Off California For 5-4 Win

April 16, 2005

SEATTLE - Sophomore Kyle Parker held California to two runs over seven and two-thirds innings andfreshman Matt Hague drove in two runs on three hits as the Washington baseball team beatCalifornia, 5-4, Saturday at Husky Ballpark in the second game of a three-game conferenceseries. The Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the series, having won 5-1 Friday night.

The win improved the Huskies' record to 23-13 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10. Washington haswon 19 of its last 25 games and is now 14-2 in home games this season. California fell to 23-16,5-6 in conference play.

Parker (6-4), a right-hander from Yakima's West Valley High, earned the victory. He allowedtwo runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Down 5-2 entering the ninth inning, the Bears mounted a comeback off of UW freshman relieverBrandon McKerney. With one on and one out, right fielder Jeremy Burchett, who entered thegame as a pinch hitter in the seventh, belted a homer into the Cal bullpen in left field, drawingthe Bears within one run. However, UW seniors David Dowling and Josh Conover came on toretire 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 Hague,the UW's right fielder from Kentwood High. Hague, who worked his way into the batting orderthree weeks ago, is now 21-for-43 (.488) with 13 RBI on the season after going 3-for-5 in thegame.

In the third, Hague came through again, singling to drive in Zach Clem, who walked to begin theinning. The Huskies went on to load the bases with two outs and Joe Todoroff came on in reliefof starter Michael Cooper. Todoroff walked UW freshman catcher Joey Dunn on four straightpitches to force in the Huskies' third run before getting a groundout to end the inning withWashington in front, 3-0.

The Huskies tacked on a fourth run in the fifth when Nick Batkoski singled and eventuallyscored on a two-out single from second baseman Mike Rundle.

Cal, which had been held scoreless on three hits over the game's first five innings, finally brokethrough in the sixth. With two outs, Chris Errecart singled and cleanup hitter Brennan Boeschfollowed 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 RBIsingle.

Cooper, Cal's starter, fell to 3-2 with the loss. He surrendered three runs on seven hits over twoand two-thirds innings. Lillibridge, who went 2-for-4 with a double, extended his hitting streakto 13 games, longest of the year by a Husky. James Holder had three hits in four at bats to leadthe Bears.

The Huskies and Bears close out the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live onKKNW AM-1150. That radio broadcast, as well as live stats, is also available on the internet

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 5, California 4California    000 002 002 -- 4 10 0Washington    102 011 00X -- 5 14 0Michael Cooper, Joe Todoroff (3), Alex Trafton (7) and GarrettBussiere, Travis Howell (7). Kyle Parker, Brandon McKerney (8),David Dowling (9), Josh Conover (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Parker(6-4). L - Cooper (3-2). Sv - Conover (5). 2B - UW,Brent Lillibridge. HR - Cal, Brennan Boesch (7), Jeremy Burchett(2). T - 2:47. A - 450.
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