Cal Baseball Tipped by Washington, 5-4
May 27, 2007
SEATTLE, WASH. - California had a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but Washington scored two runs for a 5-4 come-from-behind win Sunday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The loss give the Golden Bears a final regular season record of 29-26 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improved to 29-27 and 11-13 in conference. The Bears finished alone in fourth place in the league standings, having captured Friday's contest, 8-3, before losing 12-2 and 5-4. It was Cal's 12th one-run loss of the year.
Matt Hague went 4-for-5 for the Huskies and hit the game-tying home run down the right field line off of the Bears' sophomore closer Matt Gorgen (3-5, 2.0 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts) as the Huskies rallied in the eighth. Ty Rasmussen and Curt Rindal followed with singles before freshman pinch hitter Joey Lind poked a single through the left side to plate pinch runner Matt Stevens with the go-ahead run. It was the first home run Gorgen had allowed all season.
Hague finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle, but had a possible tripled robbed on a great diving catch by Bears center fielder Brett Jackson on the warning track in the sixth. Husky reliever Nick Hagadone (6-1) earned the win for the Huskies, pitching the final 4.2 innings. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out three. Cal got a solid outing from sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson, who threw 6.0 innings with eight hits, three runs, three walks and five strikeouts.
Both Washington and California will now await the NCAA tournament selection show Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN to see if either team advances to postseason..
As they did in all three games in the series, the Bears scored in the first inning. Jackson was hit by a pitch to open the game. After a single from sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler, Jackson scored on a base hit from sophomore first baseman David Cooper, giving Cal a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but didn't score. However, in the second, a two-out rally plated two runs. With Brett Kaluza at second and two down, Bradley Boyer dumped an RBI single to shallow left. Hague followed with a double off the left-field fence, driving in Boyer to give Washington a 2-1 lead.
Washington added a third run in the fourth when Michael Burgher reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a Boyer walk and scored on a single from Hague.
Cal took back the lead with three runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Hagadone relieved starter Brandon McKerney (4.1 innings, five hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout). Hagadone's first offering was a wild pitch, allowing one to score. Then, junior second baseman Josh Satin's single through the right side that drove in two more runs, giving the Bears a 4-3 edge that lasted until the eighth inning.
Washington: Matt Hague, solo home run in the eighth inning.