Diamond Dawgs Finish Sweep With 7-2 Win Over Cal

April 11, 2009

SEATTLE - Right fielder Kyle Conley had a pair of doubles among his three hits as the Washington baseball team completed a three-game, Pac-10 series sweep with a 7-2 win over California Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

Husky sophomore reliever Geoff Brown picked up the victory to improve to 4-3. It was Brown's second victory of the series and third in the last four games, all in relief. In his two and one-third innings of work Saturday, Brown gave up one unearned run on three hits. Brian Pearl worked the eighth and ninth for his fourth save.

Washington improved to 14-19 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10 with its fourth win in a row. Cal lost its seventh straight to fall to 15-17 overall and 3-9 in league play.

Conley, who was 3-for-4 Saturday, finished the week 11-for-16 with five doubles, three homers, nine RBI, nine runs scored and eight walks over five games.

In the second, Conley doubled to lead off. After a pair of groundouts left him at second, Husky catcher Brett Wilcox singled off the glove of ranging shortstop Brian Guinn, driving in Conley to give Washington a 1-0 advantage.

In the fifth, Cal broke through for the first time. Ryan Hanlon led off by doubling off the wall in left-center field. He wasn't able to score on a bloop double from Brett Jackson, but with runners at second and third, a sacrifice fly from Guinn advanced both runners, with Hanlon scoring to tie it at 1-1.

But with Jackson on third with one out, Husky freshman starter Andrew Kittredge fanned Mark Canha and Geoff Brown came on in relief got a ground ball to end the inning with the score still tied.

After having had 10 batters in a row retired, the Huskies went back in front in the sixth when sophomore shortstop David Bentrott led off with a homer to left-center, his third of the year.

Brendan Gardner-Young followed with a single and, after moving up on a bunt and a flyout, he scored on Conley's second double of the day. After an intentional walk to Jake Rife, freshman Caleb Brown singled to right, sending Conley home to make it a 4-1 Husky lead.

Cal cut the lead to 4-2 in the seventh as Jackson singled and moved to second on a Guinn single. As both runners took off to steal, an errant throw to third allowed Jackson to score.

But the Huskies picked up three more runs in the eighth scoring two on wild pitches and another on an error.

Bears starter Erik Johnson (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over five and two-thirds innings.

After a busy stretch, the Huskies get five days off before returning to Pac-10 action with a three-game series vs. UCLA in Los Angeles next weekend. All three UW-UCLA games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

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