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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Cal 6, UW 3
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