Cal Baseball Loses at Washington, 9-8

April 9, 2009

SEATTLE, WASH. - In a game that saw seven home runs in the first three innings, the California baseball finally fell to host Washington, 9-8, Thursday night in Seattle. The Huskies had trailed the Golden Bears, 8-7, for the majority of the game, but UW tied the contest in the bottom of the eighth inning when Kyle Conley led off with a single off of Cal left-hander Michael Bugary and scored on Jake Rife's triple down the right field line. The Huskies then took a 9-8 lead on Julian Pollard's sacrifice fly to center field off of the Bears' Daniel Wolford.

In the top of the ninth inning, UW reliever Brian Pearl was able to strike out the side to end the game, yielding only a single to Cal freshman left fielder Danny Oh. The Bears dropped to 15-15 on the year and 3-7 in the Pac-10. Washington improves to 12-19 and 2-5 in conference play.

Cal had scored first in the contest with two runs in the top of the first inning off of Washington starter Aaron West when sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn lead-off with a single to center field and scored on junior center fielder Brett Jackson's home run to left. The Bears could not hold their early lead as freshman right-hander Matt Flemer gave up a grand slam to Kyle Conley and a two-run homer to Caleb Brown in the bottom of the first inning.

Cal came back to tie the game, 6-6, in the third inning when Oh, who grew up outside of Seattle in Mill Creek, Wash., hit a grand slam off of West. The Bears added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on solo home runs from sophomore right fielder Mark Canha to left field and senior first baseman Michael Brady to center field, only to see Conley hit another home run, this time off in the bottom of the third inning of Cal junior left-hander Chris Petrini to allow UW to get within, 8-7.

Petrini was able to hold down the Huskies for the rest of the way, throwing 4.2 innings with six hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts. Bugary (3-1, 1.2 innings, three hits, two runs, two walks, two strikeouts) ended up shouldering the loss, while UW reliever Geoff Brown earned the win and Pearl earned his third save of the season.

Oh, Jackson and junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus finished with two hits apiece for the Bears, and Canha's home run in the fourth inning extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

The Bears will next play Washington in the second game of the three-game series, Friday, April 10 at 6 p.m. Husky Ballpark.

Home Runs:

Cal: Brett Jackson, two-run homer in the first inning. Danny Oh, grand slam in the second inning. Canha, solo home run in the third inning. Brady, solo home run in the third inning.

Washington: Kyle Conley, grand slam in the first inning. Caleb Brown, two-run homer in the first inning. Kyle Conley, solo home run in the third inning.

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