April 27, 2013
SEATTLE - After both teams were held scoreless through the first five innings, a five-run sixth inning from the California baseball team lifted the Bears to an 8-1 win over Washington Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Cal, which fell 3-2 in 12 innings on Friday night, tied the three-game series at one win apiece, improving to 8-12 in the Pac-12 and 19-23 overall. Washington fell to 6-11 in conference and 14-27 overall.
Golden Bears starter Trevor Hildenberger (5-2), normally a reliever making only his second start, pitched seven innings for the win, allowing just one run on four hits, three of which were infield singles. He walked two and struck out five. Husky starter Austin Voth (4-5) suffered the loss, giving up five runs, only one of them earned, on eight hits over six innings.
Neither team had managed to put together much of an offensive threat through the first five innings, but the Bears finally broke through in the sixth.
Designated hitter Devon Rodriguez led off the sixth with a single to center. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk put runners at first and second with one out, Mitchell Kranson lined a single up the middle to plate Rodriguez. The Bears loaded the bases when Jacob Wark reached on an error, but a terrific diving catch in foul ground from UW shortstop Ty Afenir was good for the second out.
The Huskies looked like they might escape the inning with only the one run allowed, but Cal's Mike Reuvekamp's shallow fly down the right-field line landed just fair and just out of the right of the diving right fielders, Jayce Ray. With the throw to the infield off line, three runs came in. Brenden Farney followed with a single, driving in Reuvekamp to stake the Bears to a 5-0 lead.
Washington got a run back in the bottom of the sixth. Braden Bishop and Ray walked to put runners at first and second with one out. Andrew Ely followed with a single over the second-base bag, plating Bishop, and the Huskies might have had more, but Robert Pehl's drive to left-center was caught by Cal center fielder Devin Pearson on a dive at the warning track.
In the ninth, Cal got a sacrifice fly from Rodriguez and a two-run single from Kranson to add to its lead.
The Huskies and Bears wrap up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Husky Ballpark.
|Linescore - April 27, 2013|
|California 8, Washington 1|