Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 9-3, in Pac-10 Opener

March 24, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a gutsy pitching performance by junior preseason All-American Brandon Morrow, the California baseball team won its Pac-10 opener, 9-3, over Washington Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 13-10 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Huskies fell to 17-8 and 0-1 in league play.

Morrow improved his record to 5-0, throwing 7.0 innings with eight hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. The only runs the hard-throwing right-hander gave up were a three-run homer to Washington's Zach Clem in the fourth inning prior to a 45-minute rain delay. Morrow was able to comeback after the rain stoppage to limit the Huskies to two hits with no runs in the next four innings. He is now 5-0 on the season with 54 strikeouts in 49.0 innings and a 1.65 ERA.

The Bears started off the game well, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Washington starter Nick Hagadone (1-1, 3.0 innings, six hits, four runs, no walks, two strikeouts). Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch had a fielder's choice RBI, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from junior left fielder Chris Errecart and sophomore third baseman Josh Satin. Cal added a run in the third on a RBI single up the middle by Errecart, a run in the fourth on an error by Husky shortstop Danny Cox and a run in the fifth on a led-off homer by Boesch.

The Bears were able to put the game out of reach by scoring three times in seventh inning with the help of three Washington errors, a bases loaded walk by freshman designated hitter Ryan Hanlon, a sacrifice fly by Mike Van Winden and a sacrifice bunt by Brett Munster. Munster and Errecart finished with the day with two hits apiece for Cal.

The Bears will next host the Huskies in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Mar. 25 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Washington: Clem, three-run homer in the fourth inning.

Cal: Boesch, solo home run in the fifth inning.

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