Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 8-3
May 25, 2007
SEATTLE, WASH. - California scored six runs in the first three innings and got solid pitching from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross and freshman right-hander Blake Smith, defeating Washington, 8-3, Friday night at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The Golden Bears' win helped boast their bid for an NCAA Regional bid, as Cal won its sixth game in a row to improve its record to 29-24 and 12-10 in the Pac-10. The Huskies fell to 27-27 and 9-13 in conference. The Bears' victory assures themselves of no worse than a fourth place finish in the final conference standings.
Ross limited Washington to two runs over six innings, allowing seven hits and striking out three to improve his record to 6-6. Husky starter Jason Erickson (4-3) went only two-plus innings in the loss, giving up five runs on six hits. Smith earned his first save of the season, throwing the final 3.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and a career-high five strikeouts.
Cal jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the first inning. Freshman center field Brett Jackson tripled to lead off the game and then scored on a single from sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler. A walk and an infield single loaded the bases and two runners came in on when freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus grounder was fielded for a force at second, but the throw to first for a possible double play bounced wide of the bag, allowing a third run to score.
In the second inning, the Huskies got on the board. After leading off with a single, Brian Pearl advanced to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch before scoring on a grounder from Matt Stevens, cutting the lead to 3-1.
In the third inning, Cal opened the inning with a pair of singles. Bryce Mooney came on to replace Erickson and hit Kobernus to load the bases. Smith grounded out to first to drive in a run and sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon singled up the middle to plate two more, giving the Bears a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, UW senior Curt Rindal doubled and scored on a two-out single from Ty Rasmussen to get one run back, but Cal got a sacrifice fly from sophomore first baseman David Cooper in the top of the fourth to make it a 7-2 lead.
Washington posted a third run in the seventh when Brett Wilcox singled and eventually scored on a Danny Cox groundout. Cooper, who doubled off the wall to drive in the Bears' final run in the ninth, went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in for Cal.
The Bears will next play Washington in the second game of the three game series, Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.