Cal Baseball Loses at Washington, 6-2
April 10, 2009
SEATTLE, WASH. - The California baseball team gave up six runs in the first three innings and ended up losing, 6-2, to Washington Friday night at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The Golden Bears, who did get 5.0 innings of shutout ball from freshman right-hander Dixon Anderson, fell to 15-16 overall and 3-8 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improved to 13-19 and 3-5 in league play.
Washington first scored in the bottom of the second inning when Jake Rife hit a solo home run down the left field line off of Cal sophomore right-hander Brian Diemer (1-4, 3.0 innings, seven hits, six runs, two walks, one strikeout). The Huskies then added on five more runs in the third inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Troy Scott, an RBI double by Kyle Conley, an RBI double by Rife, a wild pitch by Diemer and a sacrifice fly by Brett Wilcox.
Down, 6-0, Cal was able to score two runs in the top of the fourth inning on two-out RBI singles from junior designated hitter Blake Smith and junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus off of Washington starter Jason Erickson (1-3), who ended up throwing 8.0 innings with four hits, two runs, one walk and seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Anderson was able to slow down the Huskies, throwing a career-high 5.0 innings with only one hit, no runs, one walk and a career-high five strikeouts.
UW's Geoff Brown entered the game in the top of the ninth inning and struck out the side, only giving up a two-out single to the Bears' right fielder Mark Canha. Canha extended his hitting streak to 19 games with his ninth inning single. Kobernus finished with two hits Friday night after a two-game on Thursday.
The Bears will next play Washington in the third game of the three-game series, Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. Husky Ballpark. Cal had lost to the Huskies, 9-8, on Thursday night.
Washington: Jake Rife, solo home run in the second inning.