Cal Baseball Loses, 12-2, at Washington

May 26, 2007

SEATTLE, WASH. - Washington scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, and five more runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 12-2 victory over California Saturday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The loss snapped the Golden Bears' six-game winning streak as Cal fell to 29-25 overall and 12-11 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improved to 28-27 and 10-13 in conference. The Bears will play Washington in the third and final game of the series, Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. Cal had captured Friday's contest, 8-3.

The Bears scored a run in the top of the first inning when freshman designated hitter Rich Gorman led-off the game with a double to right-center field off of Husky starter Elliott Cribby (2-2, 8.0 innings, eight hits, two runs, one walk, five strikeouts). Gorman advanced to third base on sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler's sacrifice bunt, and then scored on junior second baseman Josh Satin's RBI groundout to second base.

But, in the bottom of the first inning Cal junior right-hander Alex Rollin (8-5) struggled as he was only able to throw 0.2 innings, giving up five runs, highlighted by Matt Hague's three-run homer, on five hits before being replaced by sophomore right-hander Dane Ferguson (3.2 innings, three hits, one run, two walks, two strikeouts). The Huskies added another run in the third inning before the Bears got within, 6-2, in the seventh inning on a lead-off homer by freshman right fielder Blake Smith.

That was as close at Cal would get as Washington added another run in the bottom of the seventh before exploding for five more runs in the eighth inning behind a two-run homer by Curt Rindal, an RBI double by Brian Pearl and a two-run homer by Ty Rasmussen. The Huskies out-hit the Bears on the day, 16-9.

Offensively, Cal was led by Smith, who was 3-for-3 with a double and a home run; and senior third baseman Brett Munster, who was 2-for-3.

Home Runs:

Cal: Blake Smith, solo home run in the seventh inning.

Washington: Matt Hague, three-run homer in the first inning. Curt Rindal, two-run homer in the eighth inning. Ty Rasmussen, two-run homer in the eighth inning.

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