UW Fights Back, But Can't Overcome Cal In 9-7 Loss

April 18, 2010

BERKELEY, Calif. - Washington fought back from deficits three separate times to draw even with No. 21 California, but couldn't pull off a road series victory as the Golden Bears held off the Huskies, 9-7, Sunday at Evans Diamond.

The Bears (22-11 overall, 8-4 in the Pac-10) picked up the series victory. After losing on Friday, Cal won the next two. Washington fell to 19-15, 4-5 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies trailed 4-0, 5-4 and 7-5, but managed to draw even each time. However, Cal took the lead for good with two outs in the eighth when Mark Canha tripled just inside the right-field line to drive in two, breaking a 7-7 tie.

UW reliever Jacob Clem (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on just one hit in his two innings of work. Cal closer Matt Flemer (2-0) pitched two and two-thirds innings for the victory.

Washington was led by sophomore right fielder Sean Meehan, whose grand slam tied the score at 4-4. Meehan, Doug Cherry, Caleb Brown and David Bentrott each had two hits as the Huskies out-hit the Bears, 12-9.

Cal got started with two runs in the first innings. With Danny Oh and Brian Guinn aboard on a walk and a single, first baseman Mark Canha doubled down the left-field line to drive both in, staking the Bears to a 2-0 lead.

In the third, the Bears added two more on an error and an RBI single from Tony Renda. However, Cal then loaded the bases with no out and weren't able to add to the 4-0 lead as reliever Adam Cimber got a strikeout and a double play to end the inning.

That ended up being key as the Huskies came back to tie the score in the top of the fourth. After an out, singles from Brown, Jacob Lamb and Miles Kizer loaded the bases for Meehan, who smacked his first homer of the season over the left field fence to knot the score at 4-4.

Cal got a two-out solo homer from Guinn in the bottom of the fourth to go back in front, 5-4. But, the Huskies got that run back when Pierce Rankin singled and eventually scored when the relay on a would-be double-play groundout handcuffed pitcher Chris Petrini covering the bag at first, allowing Rankin to come in to tie it a 5-5.

In the bottom of the fifth, Cal grabbed the lead back once again. This time, Renda doubled to right and then scored on a double from Darrel Matthews, putting the Bears in front, 6-5. In the sixth, Guinn doubled to drive in Marcus Semien, making it a 7-5 Cal lead.

But the Huskies continued to fight back. In the top of the seventh, with runners at second and third, Brown belted a full-count pitch into the gap in left-center to score a pair, once again drawing the Huskies even at 7-7.

The Dawgs return to Husky Ballpark for a 6:00 p.m. game Tuesday night vs. Portland before returning to the road for a three-game series at No. 1 Arizona State next Friday through Sunday. The three games at ASU will all air on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#21 California 9, Washington 7Washington     000 410 200 -- 7 12 2California     202 111 02x -- 9  9 3Forrest Snow, Adam Cimber (3), Ben Guidos (5), Jacob Clem(7) and Miles Kizer. Chris Petrini, Kevin Miller (6), MattFlemer (7) and Chadd Krist. W - Flemer (2-0). L - Clem (2-3). 2B - UW, Caleb Brown; Cal, Mark Canha, Tony Renda,Darrel Matthews, Brian Guinn. 3B - Cal, Canha. HR - UW,Sean Meehan (1); Cal, Guinn. T - 2:49. Records: UW 19-15,4-5 Pac-10; Cal 22-11, 8-4 Pac-10.
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