California 4, Washington 3, 11 innings
April 17, 2005
SEATTLE - After the Washington baseball team scored two in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings,California scored one in the 11th on a two-out single from Mike Van Winden to beat theHuskies, 4-3, Sunday at Husky Ballpark in the final game of a three-game Pac-10 series.
The Bears (24-16 overall, 6-6 in the Pac-10), avoided the sweep with the win, having lost to theHuskies Friday and Saturday. Washington fell to 23-14 for the season and 4-5 in the conference.
In the 11th, Cal had James Holder at second and Kyle Spraker at first with two outs. Freshmanfirst baseman Van Winden followed with a bloop single to left and Holder scored, narrowlybeating the throw to the plate.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Huskies, trailing 3-1, loaded the bases on a singleand two walks. Freshman Andy Lentz followed with a bloop single to shallow left field, just overthe glove of third baseman Matt Einspahr, driving in two runners to tie the score at 3-3.
Bears reliever Matt Swanson (5-0) picked up the victory after entering the game in the ninth afterthe Huskies had tied it. Husky closer Josh Conover (0-1) suffered the loss. The senior side-armerhad retired all eight he'd faced before allowing the single to Holder to open the 11th.
Cal took its first lead of the weekend with a run in the second. Cleanup hitter Brennan Boeschwas hit by a pitch to open the inning. After a Josh Satin single put runners at the corners with noouts, James Holder bounced into a double play that allowed Boesch to score, giving the Bears a1-0 lead.
In the fourth, a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Jeremy Burchett drove in Chris Errecart toincrease the California lead to 2-0.
The UW notched its first run in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Brent Lillibridge led off witha double. After moving to third on a groundout to second base, he scored when Zach Clemgrounded to short.
In the fifth, the Bears scored a third run on an RBI single from Matt Einspahr. Cal went on toload the bases with one out, chasing Husky starter Matt Kasser. Reliever Keaton Everitt came inand got Boesch, the Bears' top hitter, to ground into an inning-ending double play to end thethreat.
The Huskies got a chance to get back into the game in the ninth. Three two-out singles loadedthe bases and Clem lined a shot up the middle. However, the line drive was snagged by Bearscloser Travis Talbott to end the inning.
Next up for the Huskies are four straight road games. Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., the Dawgs facePortland at Joe Etzel Stadium. Live audio for that game will be available at gohuskies.com.Friday through Sunday, the UW visits Stanford for a three-game series. All three of those gamesare scheduled to air live in the Seattle area on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceCalifornia 4, Washington 3, 11 InningsCalifornia 010 110 000 01 -- 4 8 1Washington 000 100 002 00 -- 3 9 0Eric Dworkis, Travis Talbott (8), Matt Swanson (9) and GarrettBussiere. Matt Kasser, Keaton Everitt (5), Josh Conover (8) andJoey Dunn. W - Swanson (5-0). L - Conover (0-1). 2B - UW,Brent Lillibridge. T - 3:24. A - 768.