UW 5, California 1

Tim Lincecum pitched a one hitter for his second career complete game as the Huskies beat California 5-1 in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at a soggy Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

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 Lillibridge.

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 and 5-5.

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.

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