April 20, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - California's David Cooper hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Mark Canha with the winning run a the eighth-ranked Bears beat the Washington baseball team, 5-4, Sunday at Evans Diamond.
The win gave the Golden Bears a 2-1 win in the weekend series and improved their record to 26-10-2 overall and 7-5 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies fell to 24-14 overall and 4-5 in the conference.
Cal had rallied for four runs in the seventh to overcome a 4-0 Husky lead. In the ninth, after two outs, Canha drew a walk. Jeff Kobernus dropped a bloop single to right, putting two aboard for Cooper, who lined a single to center off of Husky lefty Geoff Brown for the winning run.
UW reliever Paul Dickey (0-1), who came on to begin the ninth, took the loss. Cal's Blake Smith, who threw the final two innings after starting the game in right field, picked up the win to improve to 2-0.
Husky starter Nick Haughian didn't figure in the decision. He threw eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out seven.
Washington drew first blood in the fourth. Right fielder Kyle Conley led off the inning with a double into the left-field corner. After moving to third on a groundout, Conley scored when DH Ty Rasmussen singled through a drawn-in Cal infield, giving the UW a 1-0 lead.
The Bears didn't collect their first hit until Kobernus led off the fourth with a single, but he was erased on a double play. In the fifth, Cal got a runner to third and in the sixth, the Bears put a man on second with one out, but Haughian got the outs he needed in both cases.
Washington also had limited chances, but managed to add three runs in the seventh. Cal closer Matt Gorgen, who came on to begin the fifth inning, had limited the UW to only one single in two innings prior to the seventh.
But, in the seventh, Aaron Russell led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Pinch hitter Brett Wilcox then singled up the middle to drive in Russell and took second on a fielding error in center field. After a second out, Bradley Boyer laced a single through the left side to drive in another run and Boyer scored all the way from first on a double from third baseman Brian Pearl, giving the UW a 4-0 lead.
However, after being held to only one hit through the first seven innings, the Bears exploded in the seventh, tying the game with a four-run inning. Catcher Dylan Tonneson drilled a one-out solo homer for the Bears' first run. After Blake Smith reached on an infield single, Michael Capbarat followed with another homer, cutting the UW lead to 4-3.
After the homer, Charlie Cutler singled and Michael Brady doubled to put runners at second and third, and DH Brett Jackson followed with a single, the Bears' sixth straight hit, to tie the game at 4-4. With runners at the corners with one down, the Huskies got the second out on a play at the plate off a ground ball to third and an inning-ending groundout to first.
The Huskies are next scheduled to play Tuesday at Portland at 3:00 p.m. before returning to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series next weekend vs. UCLA.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game #8 California 5, Washington 4 Washington 000 100 300 -- 4 11 1 California 000 000 401 -- 5 10 1 Nick Haughian, Paul Dickey (9), Geoff Brown (9) and Joey Dunn. Alex Rollin, Matt Gorgen (5), Blake Smith (8) and Dylan Tonneson. W - Smith (2-0). L - Dickey (0-1). 2B - UW, Kyle Conley, Brian Pearl, Aaron Russell; Cal, Michael Brady. HR - Cal, Tonneson (5), Michael Capbarat (2). T - 3:19. A - 571. Records: UW 24-14, 4-5 Pac-10; Cal 26-10-2, 7-5 Pac-10.