Cal Baseball Loses at Washington, 7-2
April 11, 2009
SEATTLE, WASH. - The California baseball team yielded three runs in both the sixth and eighth innings, losing, 7-2, to Washington Saturday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The Golden Bears, who suffered their second straight conference road sweep, fell to 15-17 overall and 3-9 in the Pac-10. The Huskies improved to 14-19 and 4-5 in league play. Cal had lost to UW, 9-8 on Thursday and 6-2 on Friday. The Bears' top two hitters in the line-up, junior center fielder Brett Jackson and sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn, had two hits apiece.
Washington scored a run in the second inning when Kyle Conley doubled off of Cal freshman right-hander Erik Johnson (2-3, 5.2 innings, six hits, four runs, one walk, five strikeouts) and scored on Brett Wilcox's single through the left side. Cal tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning when senior right fielder Ryan Hanlon and Jackson had back-to-back doubles off of UW starter Andrew Kittredge (4.2 innings, four hits, one run, three walks, five strikeouts) and Hanlon scored on Guinn's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Huskies took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the sixth inning when David Bentrott led-off with a home run to left-center field, Conley had an RBI double and Caleb Brown an RBI single off of Johnson. The Bears came back with a run in the seventh inning when Jackson and Guinn had back-to-back singles to right field. Then with two outs, Jackson and Guinn had a double steal, with Jackson scoring on UW catcher Wilcox's errant throw to make the score, 4-2.
But Cal couldn't get any closer as the Huskies scored three more runs in the eighth inning off of junior left-hander Michael Bugary (2.1 innings, three runs, one earned run, one walk, four strikeouts). Troy Scott scored on a Bugary wild pitch, Conley scored on a Bugary throwing error and Jake Rife scored on a Bugary wild pitch.
Bear sophomore right fielder Mark Canha went 0-for-4 on the day to snap his 19-game hitting streak.
Cal will next play a non-league game at Stanford on Monday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. The Bears then travel to UC Davis on Wednesday, April 15 for a 2:30 start at Dobbins Stadium. Cal will return to Pac-10 when it hosts Oregon, beginning Friday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Ducks are in their first year of fielding a baseball team since the school dropped the sport following the 1981 season.
Washington: David Bentrott, solo home run in the sixth inning.