No. 8 Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 10-5
April 18, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by the hitting of Blake Smith and David Cooper, and solid pitching from starter Tyson Ross and closer Matt Gorgen, the No. 8-ranked California baseball team topped Washington, 10-5, Saturday afternoon in a Pac-10 contest at Evans Diamond. Sophomore right fielder Smith was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer in the third inning and ended the game with a career-high four RBI. Junior first baseman Cooper finished the day 3-for-5 and had a two-run homer in the fourth inning. On the mound, Ross improved his record to 6-1 (7.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three walks, five strikeouts), while Gorgen earned his Pac-10 leading seventh save (1.2 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts). The Golden Bears improved to 25-9-2 and 6-4 in league play. The Huskies fell to 23-13 and 3-4 in the conference.
Cal scored two runs in the second inning off of UW starter Cam Nobles (3-2, 5.2 innings, seven hits, eight runs, four walks, three strikeouts) when sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus hit a ball up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs. Kobernus drove in Josh Satin with his ball that was fielded by Husky second baseman Bradley Boyer, whose only play was to attempt a backhand flip to force out Smith at second base. Boyer's flip was errant, allowing sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson to score as well.
The Bears added three more runs in the third inning when Cooper led-off with a double and scored on Tonneson's RBI single to left field. Smith then knocked in Tonneson with his seventh home run of the year in the third inning for a 5-0 Cal advantage. Washington scored its first run off of Ross in the top of the fourth on Brian Pearl's RBI single, but the Bears came right back with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on Cooper's Pac-10 leading 16th homer, a two-run shot to right field, for a 7-1 lead.
From there, Cal scored single runs in the fifth (sacrifice fly by Smith), seventh (sacrifice fly by Smith) and eighth (RBI single by junior left fielder Charlie Cutler) innings. The Huskies keep the game interesting by scoring single runs from the fourth through the eighth innings for the final 10-5 score.
Cooper's home run Friday was his 28th in a little more than a year and a half as a Bear after transferring from Cal State Fullerton in 2007, and already places him ninth on the Bears' all-time career home run list. Cooper's 16 home runs in 2008 is now 10th on the Cal single-season HR list. Gorgen's save was his 18th career save, which places him tied for third with Bobby Kahlon (1993-94) on the Bears' all-time career save list.
Cal will next host Washington in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Saturday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Smith, two-run homer in the third inning. Cooper, two-run homer in the fourth inning.