Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 2-1

March 25, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - California junior center fielder Brennan Boesch threw Washington pinch runner Bradley Boyer out at the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to help preserve a 2-1 victory for the Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 14-10 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Huskies fell to 17-9 and 0-2 in league play. The Bears had won their Pac-10 opener, 9-3, over Washington on Friday.

Cal had scored its go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden knocked in a two-out RBI triple off of Husky starter Tyler Cheney (1-3, 6.7 innings, two runs, no walks, three strikeouts), scoring sophomore designated hitter Travis Howell, who had earlier singled.

The winning pitcher for the Bears was freshman right-hander Tyson Ross (4-2), who threw a career-high 8.0 innings with only three hits, one run, five walks and seven strikeouts. Ross did not give up a hit until the Huskies' Nick Burnham had an infield single to lead-off the sixth inning. Washington got its lone run on Kyle Conley's sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.

In the top of the ninth, Ross walked Washington's lead-off batter Matt Lane, who was replaced by pinch runner Boyer. Cal senior reliever Jeremy Burchett then took over for Ross and proceeded to strikeout Curt Rindal, before yielding an infield single to Zach Clem. Burchett was able to force Conley to fly out to right field before giving up a hard-hit single up the middle to Bryan Anderson. Fortunately for the Bears, Boesch charged hard and was able to throw Boyer out at the plate trying to score from second base. It was the second impressive defensive play of the series for Boesch as he had a driving catch in Friday's ballgame.

Cal had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a lead-off home run by senior shortstop Allen Craig. Craig and Howell finished the day with two hits apiece, including Howell's double in the fifth inning.The Bears will next host the Huskies in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Mar. 26 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Washington: None.

Cal: Craig, solo home run in the sixth inning.

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