UW 5, California 4

Freshman Matt Hague had three hits and two runs batted in to lead a 14 hit attack as the Huskies edged the California Bears 5-4 in the middle game of the Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Saturday afternoon. With the win the Huskies improved their home record to 14-2 and overall mark to 23-13, but more importantly evened their Pac-10 record at 4-4. The Bears dropped to 23-16 and 5-6.

Hague continued his torrid hitting as he had his second straight three hit game and raised his average to .488 on 21 hits in 43 at-bats. He gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a line single to right, scoring Cory Rickard. Then in the third he made it 2-0 Huskies with a single to center to plate Zach Clem. Washington added another run in the third as Joey Dunn drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Kyle Larsen. The Huskies took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Nick Batkoski led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout by Curt Rindal, and scored on a base hit by Mike Rundle.

The Bears got on the board and cut the Husky lead in half in the top of the sixth as Chris Errecart reached on a two out single and Brennan Boesch hit an opposite field two run home run, his seventh of the season, into the left field bullpen.

The Huskies responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth as Batkoski singled to score Clem. That run turned out to be the difference in the game as the Bears scored twice in the top of the ninth against reliever Brandon McKerney. James Holder led off with a single and one out later came home on a two run homer over the bullpen wall in left field by Jeremy Burchett, his second of the season.

On the mound, Kyle Parker followed Tim Lincecum's one hitter on Friday night with a strong outing of his own. He allowed just two runs on eight hits and a walk in seven and two thirds innings to improve to 6-4. He struck out seven. Josh Conover got Matt Einspahr to ground out to second for the final out of the game to notch his fifth save.

For the Bears, starter Michael Cooper took the loss to drop to 3-2, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in only two and two thirds innings. He did not strike out a batter.

The Huskies go for the sweep when they host the Bears in the finale of the series at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark on Sunday. Matt Kasser (3-3, 5.28) will start for the Huskies.

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