Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 6-3

April 26, 2003

SEATTLE, WA - Behind a stellar pitching effort from sophomore right-hander Mike Padgett and the hitting of Brian Horwitz and David Nicholson, the California baseball team defeated Washington, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Cal improved to 25-20 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10. The Huskies, who were riding a five-game winning streak entering the contest, fell to 27-13 and 5-6 in league play. The Bears also avenged a 16-3 loss to Washington Friday night.

Padgett, making his second career start for Cal, pitched a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, two unearned runs, three walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 5-2. The losing pitcher for the Huskies was starter Jeff Petersen (3-4, 5.0 innings, nine hits, five runs, three walks, four strikeouts).

The Bears scored two runs in the second inning on a RBI single by sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson and a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Nicholson. Cal added three more runs in the fifth inning , highlighted by a RBI single by freshman third baseman Allen Craig and a two-run single by junior right fielder Horwitz. Nicholson added a insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo home run off of Washington reliever Trent Baysinger.

Senior center fielder Ben Conley and junior first baseman Conor Jackson joined Horwitz and Nicholson with two hits apiece for the Bears. Brent Lillibridge and Aaron Hathaway had three hits apiece for the Huskies.

Cal will next face the Huskies in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Washington, Sunday, Apr. 27 at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.

Home Runs:

Cal: Nicholson, solo home run in the sixth.

Washington: None.

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