No. 2 Washington Leaves Berkeley with 9-1 Win over No. 12 Cal
March 27, 2009
BERKELEY - The second-ranked Washington Huskies unlocked a 1-1 game with seven runs in the fourth inning to defeat the California Golden Bears, 9-1 in five innings in the Pac-10 Conference opener at Levine-Fricke Field on Friday evening.
Cal (23-9, 0-1) hosts UCLA on Saturday in Strawberry Canyon at 1:00 p.m.
Junior Shannon Thomas provided the only offensive spark for the Bears in the bottom of the third inning when she singled in a run off Washington starter Danielle Lawrie, plating pinch runner Shannon Houston to tie the score at 1-1 heading into the fourth.
Things seemed to be on track for a 1-2-3 inning after Cal starter Marissa Drewrey induced two straight groundouts to start the inning. Washington however managed to get runners on base after Kimi Pohlman bunt singled her at bat followed by an Ashley Charters walk. Niki Williams was next at the plate and had a two-strike, two-walk count on her, before grinding out another walk to load the bases and extend the inning. Alicia Blake then tapped a hit to short stop Taylor Kelly, who opted to throw Charters out at third, but Vernae Sevilla missed the tag and Charters was safe, allowing Pohlman's run to score safely. Another infield error led to one more run, before Lauren Greer singled to center plating two more Huskies. UW added another run on a fielding miscue by the Bears and finished the inning with seven runs.
The Huskies (28-3, 1-0) would add another run in the top of the fifth to take a 9-1 lead.
Lawrie then recorded a groundout and two Ks in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called.
Drewrey suffered the loss to fall to 14-8 on the season. She was charged with one earned run.