Cal Edges UW, 2-1; Game Ends On Play At The Plate

March 25, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - California's Tyson Ross out-dueled fellow freshman Tyler Cheneyof Washington as the Golden Bears eked out a 2-1 win over the Huskies Saturday atEvans Diamond in the second game of a three-game Pac-10 series.

Ross (4-2) threw eight innings for the win, allowing one run on only three hits. Hewalked five and struck out seven.

Reliever Jeremy Burchett took over in the ninth after Ross walked the leadoff hitter.After a strikeout and a single put runners at first and second with two outs, Husky secondbaseman Ryan Anderson singled to center field. Pinch runner Bradley Boyer, trying toscore the tying run from second base, was thrown out at the plate by center fielderBrennan Boesch on a play that was vehementy argued by the Huskies' players andcoaches. Burchett nonetheless picked up a the save, his first.

Cheney, a lefty from Richland, Wash., suffered the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season.Cheney surrendered two runs on seven hits, no walks and three strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings.

The loss dropped the Huskies to 17-9 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 Conference play whileCal improved to 14-10 and 2-0.

Neither team was able to string together a rally through the first five and a half-innings.Cal shortstop Allen Craig finally broke the scoreless deadlock with a long home run tolead off the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Craig's fifth homer of the season.

The Huskies replied quickly with a run of their own in the top of the seventh. Aftersingles from Matt Lane and Curt Rindal and a walk to Zach Clem loaded the bases, asacrifice fly from freshman Kyle Conley sent Lane home to knot the score at 1-1.

Cal, however, answered back in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and TravisHowell aboard on a bunt single, first baseman Mike Van Winden tripled down the right-field line to put the Bears back on top, 2-1.

The series concludes with a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday. The game will air live on radio onKKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameCalifornia 2, Washington 1Washington     000 000 100 -- 1 5 0California     000 001 10x -- 2 7 0Tyler Cheney, Bryce Mooney (7) and Matt Lane. Tyson Ross,Jeremy Burchett (9) and Garrett Bussiere. W - Ross (4-2). L- Cheney (1-3). Sv - Burchett (1). 2B - Cal, Travis Howell.3B - Cal, Mike Van Winden. HR - Cal, Allen Craig (5). T -2:21. A - 324.
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