No. 8 Cal Baseball Loses to Washington, 7-4

April 19, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Washington's Jake Rife hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to help lead Washington to a 7-4 win over the No. 8-ranked California baseball team Saturday afternoon in a Pac-10 contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had battled back in the bottom of the ninth by scoring twice to get within three runs before Husky right fielder Andy Lentz ran down Josh Satin's drive to right center field for the final out. Cal fell to 25-10-2 and 6-5 in league play. The Huskies improved to 24-13 and 4-4 in the conference.

Washington had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning when Doug Cherry had an RBI single off of Cal left-hander Craig Bennigson (3-2, 2.1 innings, five hits, five runs, one earned run, three walks, two strikeouts). The Huskies then added on four more runs with two outs in the top of the ninth when Satin mishandled a ground ball by Adam Russell to load the bases and set up Rife's grand slam over the right field fence off of Bennigson. Cal made a run in the bottom of the ninth when Blake Smith scored on UW reliever Tyler Cheney's wild pitch and Jeff Kobernus scored on a sacrifice fly to left by David Cooper. With two outs and runners on first and second, Satin hit a ball into the right center field gap that was run down by Lentz.

The winning pitcher for the Huskies was starter Jorden Merry, who improved his record to 5-0 by throwing 8.1 innings with 11 hits, four runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Cal's freshman starter Kevin Miller got a no decision despite throwing 6.2 innings with four hits, two runs, one earned run, five walks and a career-high eight strikeouts.

Cal scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single to left by Satin. Washington pulled ahead by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth off a fielding error by Bear shortstop Michael Brady off a grounder hit by Lentz, and a fielder's choice RBI by Joey Dunn. Cal came back to tie the game, 2-2, with a run in the bottom of the fifth on sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman's sacrifice fly to right field.

Gorman finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI, while sophomore third baseman Kobernus was 3-for-4 with a double and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson was 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

Cal will next host Washington in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, Apr. 20 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears had won game one of the series, 10-5, on Friday.

Home Runs:

Washington: Rife, grand slam in the ninth inning.

Cal: None.

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