Cal Baseball Upends Washington, 4-3 in 11 innings

April 17, 2005

SEATTLE, WA - Freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden had a two-out single in the top of 11th inning to give California a 4-3 victory over Washington Sunday at Husky Ballpark in Seattle in the final game of a three-game Pac-10 series. The Golden Bears (24-16 overall, 6-6 in the Pac-10), avoided the sweep with the win, having fallen to the Huskies, 5-1, Friday and, 5-4, Saturday. Washington fell to 23-14 for the season and 4-5 in the conference.

In the 11th, Cal had James Holder at second and Kyle Spraker at first with two outs. Freshman first baseman Van Winden followed with a bloop single to left and Holder scored, narrowly beating the throw to the plate. It was Van Winden's third game-winning RBI of the season as he had a game-winning double at Long Beach State Feb. 20, and the game-winning double versus Washington State Mar. 26.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Huskies, trailing 3-1, loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Freshman Andy Lentz followed with a bloop single to shallow left field, just over the glove of third baseman Matt Einspahr, driving in two runners to tie the score at 3-3.

Bears reliever Matt Swanson (5-0, 2.3 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, four strikeouts) picked up the victory after entering the game in the ninth after the Huskies had tied it. Husky closer Josh Conover (0-1, 3.7 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts) suffered the loss. The senior side-armer had retired all eight he'd faced before allowing the single to Holder to open the 11th.

Cal took its first lead of the weekend with a run in the second. Cleanup hitter Brennan Boesch was hit by a pitch to open the inning. After a Josh Satin single put runners at the corners with no outs, Holder bounced into a double play that allowed Boesch to score, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Jeremy Burchett drove in Chris Errecart to increase the California lead to 2-0.

The UW notched its first run in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Brent Lillibridge led off with a double. After moving to third on a groundout to second base, he scored when Zach Clem grounded to short.

In the fifth, the Bears scored a third run on a RBI single from Einspahr. The Huskies got a chance to get back into the game in the ninth. Three two-out singles loaded the bases and Clem lined a shot up the middle. However, the line drive was snagged by Bear closer Travis Talbott to end the inning.

Van Winden, Holder and Satin had two hits apiece for Cal. The Bears also got solid pitching from senior starter Eric Dworkis (7.7 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, five strikeouts).

Cal will next host Hawaii, Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears will then host USC in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 22 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: None.

Washington: None.

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