No. 22 Washington Earns a 6-5 Victory over No. 21 California
April 26, 2008
Berkeley - The 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies had two rallies and used a three run fifth inning to escape with a 6-5 win over No. 21 California on Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
Cal falls to 36-20, 4-10 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies improved to 26-17-1 and 5-8 in the Pac-10. Both go at it again tomorrow at Noon on senior day for the Bears. Cal will honor Julie Meyer, Erika Racklin and Katie Vickers in their final Pac-10 home game.
Vickers went 2-for-4 with a run in the losing effort, while Taylor Kelly went 1-for-2 with her first home run of the season and two runs scored.
Cal unlocked a scoreless tie and began to rough up Washington starter Caitlin Noble in the bottom of the third inning. Sanoe Kekahuna found a gap in center field, before being replaced by pinch runner Savannah Hensley. After a sacrifice bunt advanced Hensley, Kelly corked a towering shot over the left field wall to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Washington responded in the top of the third inning with three runs off of Cal starter Marissa Drewrey. Amanda Fleischman had the big hit in the inning as her single plated two runners, giving the Huskies the 3-2 advantage.
Cal came right back in the fourth inning with three runs all with two outs. With Vickers and Kekahuna and Kelly all on base, Washington's Aleah Macon walked Racklin to score Vickers. Macon then threw a wild pitch which allowed Kelly to score to boost Cal into the lead at 5-3.
The Huskies again came right back and posted three more runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. Bailey Stenson led off with a walk and moved up to third on a single to left center by Alicia Blake. Ashlyn Watson followed with a double to left field to score Stenson.
The Huskies tied it up at 5-5 on an RBI single by Williams, and took the lead when Dru Hester hit a hard shot that Cal third baseman Katie Vickers couldn't handle, which allowed Watson to score from third in what proved to be the game-winning run.