No. 8 Golden Bears Beat Diamond Dawgs, 10-5

April 18, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington baseball team saw its season-long losing streak extended to four games as the Huskies opened a three-game, Pac-10 series at No. 8 California with a 10-5 loss Friday at Evans Diamond.

Cal starter Tyson Ross (6-1), an All-American right-hander from Oakland, picked up the win. In his seven innings of work, he allowed four runs on nine hits, striking out five. UW sophomore Cam Nobles (3-2) gave up eight runs over five and two-thirds for the loss.

The Bears (25-9-2 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10) took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jeff Kobernus grounded a ball up the middle. UW second baseman Bradley Boyer snagged it, but in an attempt to flip the ball to second with his glove, overthrew and two runs came in, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Cal added on with three runs in the third. David Cooper led off with a double and came around on a single from Dylan Tonneson. Blake Smith followed with his seventh home run of the season, making it 5-0.

The Huskies (23-13 overall, 3-4 in the Pac-10) got a run in the top of the fourth when Boyer singled and eventually scored on a single from Brian Pearl. But the Huskies missed an opportunity as they loaded the bases with one out but couldn't add to their total.

In the fourth, Cooper, the Pac-10's leading home run hitter, added to his total with his 16th of the season, a two-run shot to right, increasing the Bears lead to 7-1.

In the fifth, the Huskies scored on a run when Brett Wilcox walked and scored on a two-out single from Boyer. The Bears got another run int eh bottom of the fifth before Washington added one in the sixth as Kyle Conley led off with a triple and scored on a Troy Scott single, making it an 8-3 game.

Boyer came through with another RBI single in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-4, but a double play ended that inning.

Cal tacked on a run in the seventh when Smith notched his fourth RBI of the game with his second sacrifice fly. Washington had a chance in the eighth. After an RBI single from Andy Lentz cut the lead to 9-5, the Huskies loaded the bases with one out. But, Cal closer Matt Gorgen came on and got a lineout and a strikeout to end the threat. Gorgen picked up his seventh save.

Boyer had three hits to lead the UW, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Smith was 2-for-2 with four RBI and Cooper went 3-for-5 with two batted in for the Bears.

Both Saturday and Sunday, the Bears and Huskies play 1:00 p.m. games. Both games will be carried live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Game#8 California 9, Washington 4Washington     000 111 110 --  5 10 2California     023 210 10x -- 10  9 2Cam Nobles, Geoff Brown (6), Elliott Cribby (7), Tyler Cheney (8) andBrett Wilcox. Tyson Ross, Michael Wolford (8), Matt Gorgen (8) andDylan Tonneson. W - Ross (6-1). L - Nobles (3-2). Sv - Gorgen (7)2B -Cal, David Cooper. 3B - UW, Kyle Conley. HR - Cal, Blake Smith (7),David Cooper (16). T - 3:03. A - 463. Records: UW 23-13, 3-4 Pac-10;Cal 25-9-2, 6-4 Pac-10.
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