Cal 6, UW 3

Mike Padgett pitched five hit ball over eight innings to lead California to a 6-3 victory over Washington at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.

With the win California evened the three game Pac-10 series at one win apiece and improved to 9-8 in league play and 25-20 overall, while the Huskies dropped to 5-6 in the Pac-10 and 27-13 overall.

After the Huskies pounded Bear pitching for 16 runs on 22 hits in Friday night's opener, Padgett shut down the Husky attack, allowing Washington only two unearned runs, one in the bottom of the first and the other in the last of the ninth.

In both innings errors by third baseman Allen Craig on routine ground balls by the leadoff batter hurt Padgett.

In the first Brent Lillibridge reached base when Craig bobbled his grounder, stole second and scored on a single by Greg Isaacson. In the ninth, Tila Reynolds got on board when his ground ball rolled right through Craig's legs and scored on a double into right center by Lillibridge.

The Huskies scored to make it 6-3 when Lillibridge scored on Isaacson's second run-scoring single of the game. After Aaron Hathaway lined a hit and run single to right, Kyle Larsen came to bat representing the tying run against Cal reliever Matt Brown.

Larsen lined a shot off the glove of Brown and it looked like the Huskies might continue the rally, but second baseman Dave Nicholson fielded the ball and threw to first baseman Conor Jackson just in time to retire Larsen and put the game in the win column for the Bears.

Cal scored two runs in the top of the second to erase a 1-0 Husky lead.

After Brian Horwitz led off with a walk, James Holder, Jeff Dragicevich, and Justin Nelson all singled, with Holder scoring on Nelson's hit. Nicholson then laid a perfect squeeze bunt up the first base line to score Dragicevich and give the Bears the 2-1 lead.

The Bears should have done even more damage but gave the Huskies and starter Jeff Petersen a break with some poor baserunning. Horwitz looked like he would advance to third on Holder's single, but for some reason he hesitated, and by the time he attempted to get back to second, center fielder Lillibridge had fired a strike to Isaacson at second to nail him.

The Bears went up 5-1 with three runs in the fifth. Nicholson led off with a single, advanced to second on a hit and run grounder by Ben Conley and scored on a solid single to center by Craig.

Conor Jackson drew an intentional walk, with Craig and Jackson moving up on a wild pitch to Chris Grossman. After Grossman fanned for the second out of the inning, Horwitz line a two run single into left field.

The Bears made it 6-1 in the sixth on a solo home run into the visitors bullpen in left field by Nicholson, his first of the season. With his strong stint on the mound in only his second start of the season, Padgett improved his record to 5-2, while Petersen suffered the loss for the Huskies to drop to 3-4, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings while striking out four.

Trent Baysinger pitched four solid innings of relief, allowing only Nicholson's solo long ball, to give the Huskies at least some glimmer of hope to mount a comeback. He yielded only three hits and a walk while striking out seven, including the side in the seventh. Unfortunately Padgett simply shut the Huskies down.

The two teams play the finale of the series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., with Clay Johnson likely to make the first pitch for Washington.

Then the Huskies play a non-conference game against NAIA power Lewis-Clark State before returning to Pac-10 play with a three game set against the Washington State Cougars at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Top Stories