After rain delayed the start of the game for 65 minutes, Lincecum went right to work, mowing down the first nine batters, including five by strikeout, and struck out the side in the third. He kept the Bears hitless for six and a third innings before they finally got a hit and their only run, in the top of the seventh.
Matt Einspahr led off with a walk, advanced to
second on a wild pitch, and scored on a double by
Brennan Boesch, the Bears' leading batter with a .401
average. First baseman Kyle Larsen made a great diving
attempt to snare Boesch's hit but it got by him and
down the right field line.
Lincecum came right back after the hit to
retire the next six batters, four via the punchout.
With the victory he improved to 6-4 and in going the
distance threw only 119 pitches, walking three and
striking out 11.
California starter Adam Gold matched zeros with
Lincecum for four innings before the Huskies got on
the board in the fifth. Curt Rindal led off with a
walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Joey Dunn, and
scored on a two out double into left center by Brent
After the Bears got even in the top of the
inning, the Huskies responded with four runs in the
bottom of the seventh and knocked Gold out of the
game. Rindal flared a single to right, took second on
a sacrifice by Dunn, and scored the go-ahead run on a
line double to right by Mike Rundle. Lillibridge
walked and Cory Rickard plated Rundle with a soft
single into shallow left to put the Huskies up 3-1.
Gold then hit Zach Clem with a pitch, prompting Bear
head coach David Esquer to go to the bullpen and bring
in Matt Swanson.
Swanson did nothing, walking Larsen
to load the bases and then yielded a two run infield
single to Matt Hague. Hague hit a slow roller to
shortstop and just did beat Kyle Spraker's throw to
first, scoring Rickard. Clem never stopped at third
and raced home to make it 5-1 Huskies.
Gold suffered the loss to drop to 5-4, allowing
all five runs on six hits and three walks in six and
two thirds innings. He struck out four.
Offensively for the Huskies, Hague continued to
sizzle despite making only his eighth start of the
season. In addition to his two runs batted in, he
went 3 for 4 to raise his average from .441 to .474.
Rindal also had a fine night at the plate, finishing 1
for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.
With the win the Huskies improved to 22-13 and
3-4 in the Pac-10, while the Bears dropped to 23-15
The two teams return to Husky Ballpark for the
middle game of the series at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Kyle
Parker (5-4, 4.82) will take the mound for Washington
and Eric Dworkis (3-5, 4.36) for California.
UW 5, California 1
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