Cal 12, UW 2

Lucas Erceg homered and drove in four runs to power California to a 12-2 rout of Washington in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a showery Sunday afternoon. With the win the Bears (18-5, 5-1 Pac-12) swept the series while the Huskies (13-10, 1-5) lost their fourth in a row.

523 fans showed up at the yard on a dreary afternoon and had the privilege to witness the Lucas Erceg Show. He continued to torment Husky pitching with his third homer in as many games and added two doubles to finish the game 3 for 6 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.

After Aaron Knapp led off the game with a single, Erceg stepped into the box and stroked an 0-1 pitch from Spencer Jones (2-4) over the 365 marker in right field for his team leading sixth long ball of the seas on and a 2-0 lead.

The Huskies got a run back in the bottom of the first for 2-1 when Levi Jordan scored on a single by Branden Berry.

In the top of the second the Bears regained a two run lead at 3-1 when Mitchell Kranson scored on a throwing error by shortstop Chris Baker.

The visitors upped the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth when Brett Cumberland doubled and scored on a sharp single to right by Kranson.

The Huskies made it 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Mitch Bevacqua reached on a fielder's choice with two outs and scored on a throwing error by, ironically enough, third baseman Erceg.

From that point it was all Bears.

They scored four runs in the top of the fifth to break open the game at 8-2, highlighted by a two run double by Erceg. he would then score on a bunt single by Brian Celsi, who later scored on a single by Max Dutto.

Cal scored three more runs in the seventh, including one on a solo homer by Kranson, his fourth of the season, and added one in the ninth.

Erceg most likely earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors with his career series, going 6 for 13 with three home runs, two doubles, five runs scored and six RBI.

On the mound Matt Ladrech (4-2) went seven innings to earn the win, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

Jones got the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. He did not walk or strike out anyone.

After a day off the Huskies return to action when they visit Gonzaga for two games March 24-25. They then resume the Pac-12 slate with a three game series against USC at Husky Ballpark March 27-29. Top Stories