Huskies Come Back To Beat Cal, 9-8
April 9, 2009
SEATTLE - Kyle Conley hit two home runs, including a grand slam, but the Washington baseball team needed to rally for two runs in the eighth to beat California, 9-8, in a Pac-10 game Thursday night at Husky Ballpark.
The teams combined to hit seven home runs over the first three innings, with all 15 runs during that span coming on the long balls. But neither team was able to score again until the Huskies finally broke through again in the eighth.
Down 8-7 heading into the eighth, Conley singled to lead off. Jake Rife followed with a drive into the right-field corner and with the Cal outfield playing him to hit it to left, he was able to leg out a triple, scoring Conley ahead of him.
After a walk and a strikeout, Julien Pollard came through with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rife with the go-ahead run.
Washington improved to 12-19 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10 while Cal dropped to 15-15 and 3-7 in the conference.
Husky reliever Geoff Brown, who struck out the only batter he faced to end the eighth, picked up the win to improve to 3-3. Brian Pearl pitched the ninth for his third save. Cal reliever Michael Bugary (2-4) gave up the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth to take the loss.
Cal took the early lead with a pair of runs in the first. After a bloop single from Brian Guinn, center fielder Brett Jackson homered to left, his seventh of the season, to give the Bears a 2-0 edge.
But, the Dawgs answered in a big way in the bottom of the first. After a triple from Brendan Gardner-Young to lead off, the next two Husky batters drew walks to load the bases. Conley then moved into the Pac-10 lead in homers with his 12th of the season, a long blast over the scoreboard in left that gave Washington a 4-2 lead.
Jake Rife followed Conley's grand slam with a single and, after an out, freshman Caleb Brown hit his second home run out to left, making it a 6-2 score and ending the day for Cal freshman starter Matt Flemer.
In the second, Cal loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walks. UW freshman starter Aaron West got a popout to second and a soft liner back to the mound for two outs without a run scoring, but freshman Danny Oh, from Jackson High in Mill Creek, sent his third homer of the season out to right, tying the score at 6-6 with the grand slam.
Cal took the lead back in the third when right fielder Mark Canha led off the inning with his 10th homer of the year. After two outs, Michael Brady went deep for the Bears, his fourth of the year and Cal's fourth of the game, to make it an 8-6 Cal lead.
The home runs continued to rain down in the bottom of the third when Conley led off the inning with his second of the night, cutting the lead to 8-7.
The Huskies had several good chances to tie or take a lead, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and the sixth. In the seventh, Julien Pollard was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a chopper to third, keeping the 8-7 Cal lead in tact.
Conley finished the night 3-for-3 with five runs batted in, two walks and three runs scored. Husky relievers combined to hold Cal scoreless over the final six innings, striking out a total of 13 over the last six frames.
The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will air live on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 9, California 8California 242 000 000 -- 8 9 0Washington 601 000 02x -- 9 14 0Matt Flemer, Chris Petrini (1), Dixon Anderson (6), MichaelBugary (6), Daniel Wolford (8) and Dylan Tonneson, EddieHsieh (8). Aaron West, Ben Guidos (4), Andrew Kittredge(7), Geoff Brown (8), Brian Pearl (9) and Brett Wilcox. W -Brown (3-3). L - Bugary (2-4). Sv - Pearl (3). 3B - UW,Brendan Gardner-Young, Jake Rife. HR - Cal, Brett Jackson(7), Danny Oh (3), Mark Canha (10), Michael Brady (4); UW,Kyle Conley 2 (13), Caleb Brown (2). T - 3:08. A - 358.