Huskies Fall To Cal, 9-3, In Pac-10 Opener

March 24, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Preseason All-America righty Brandon Morrow lead California to a 9-3win over the Washington baseball team Friday at rainy Evans Diamond in both teams'Pac-10 Conference opener.

Morrow, who came into the game with a 1.29 earned run average, improved his record to5-0 on the year with the victory. The hard-throwing junior threw seven innings, allowingthree runs on eight hits, no walks and eight strikeouts.

Cal improved to 13-10 overall and 1-0 in Pac-10 play while the Huskies fell to 17-8 and 0-1.

Husky sophomore Nick Hagadone (1-1) took the loss in his first college start. Hagadone,who didn't return to the mound after a rain delay, allowed four runs on six hits over threeinnings.

Cal got off to a quick start, belting three doubles in the first inning, leading to three runs.Mike Van Winden doubled to lead off. He eventually scored on a a fielder's choicegroundout from Brennan Boesch. Boesch scored on a double from Chris Errecart andErrecart made it 3-0 on a two-base hit from Josh Satin.

In the bottom of the third, the Bears increased the lead to 4-0 when Brett Munster singled,stole second and scored on a two-out single from Errecart.

Washington got back into the game with a three-run fourth inning. After back-to-backsingles from catcher Matt Lane and first baseman Curt Rindal to open the inning, seniorleft fielder Zach Clem followed with an opposite-field home run to right, his eighth of theseason, to cut the Cal lead to 4-3. Directly after the homer, the rain that had been fallingintermittently throughout the game increased, leading to a 44-minute delay.

Cal added to its lead with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. In the fourth, GarrettBussiere singled and eventually crossed the plate on an error from Husky third basemanMatt Stevens. In the fifth, Brennan Boesch led off with his sixth home run of the season,upping the Bears lead to 6-3.

In the seventh, three Husky errors, including two on bunts, led to three more runs for theBears.

Clem's homer accounted for all three Husky runs. He also doubled in his four at bats.Lane and Rindal also finished 2-for-4 in the game.

The series continues with 1:00 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday. Both will air live onradio on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameCalifornia 9, Washington 3Washington     000 300 000 -- 3 9 5California     301 110 30x -- 9 9 1Nick Hagadone, Kyle Parker (4), Nick Haughian (6),Tim Lincecum (7), Matt Kasser (8) and Matt Lane. BrandonMorrow, Craig Benningson (8) and Garrett Bussiere. W -Morrow (5-0). L - Hagadone (1-1). 2B - UW, Zach Clem, Lane;Cal, Mike Van Winden, Chris Errecart, Josh Satin. HR - UW,Clem (8). T - 2:59. A - 233.
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