No. 8 Cal Baseball Defeats Washington, 5-4

April 20, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior first baseman David Cooper hit single to center field with two outs and full count in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the No. 8-ranked California baseball team to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Washington Sunday afternoon in a Pac-10 contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had battled back from a 4-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the seventh inning and received outstanding relief pitching from sophomore right fielder/right hander Blake Smith. Cal improved to 26-10-2 overall and 7-5 in league play, and captured the series two games to one. The Bears had won, 10-5, Friday and lost, 7-4, on Saturday. The Huskies dropped to 24-14 and 4-5 in the conference.

Washington had taken a 4-0 lead after scoring three times in the top of the seventh on RBI singles from pinch hitter Brett Wilcox and second baseman Bradley Boyer, and an RBI double by Brian Pearl off of Cal reliever Matt Gorgen. But, the Bears mounted an impressive comeback in the bottom of the seventh off of Husky starter Nick Haughian (8.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, three walks, seven strikeouts). With one out, sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson gave Cal its first run of the game with a solo home run to right center field. Smith followed with an infield single to third base before junior centerfielder Michael Capbarat got the Bears within 4-3 with a two-run home to left center field. Finally, sophomore designated hitter Brett Jackson tied the game, 4-4, with an infield hit to second, scoring junior right fielder Charlie Cutler.

In the bottom of the ninth, freshman left fielder Mark Canha forced a walk from UW reliever Paul Dickey (0-1, 0.2 inning, one hit, one run, one walk, one strikeout) with two outs. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus advanced Canha to second with a single to right, setting up Cooper's heroics. Husky left-handed reliever Geoff Brown came in to face Cooper, and had a full count on the Bears' hitting star, before Cooper hit his game-winner to center field.

Smith picked up the win for Cal by throwing the final 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts to improve his record to 2-0. Kobernus and Capbarat finished the game with two hits apiece for the Bears, who only had one hit off of Haughian heading into Cal's six-hit, four run seventh inning. UW had scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning on Ty Rasmussen's RBI single off of Cal senior right-hander Alex Rollin (4.0 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts).

The Bears will next host Cal Poly in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal will then continue Pac-10 play when it travels to Arizona State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Home Runs:

Washington: None.

Cal: Tonneson, solo home run in the seventh inning. Capbarat, two-run homer in the seventh inning.