May 25, 2007
SEATTLE - California's Tyson Ross limited the Washington baseball team to two runs over six innings as the Golden Bears beat the Huskies, 8-3, in the first game of a three-game, Pac-10 series Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
Cal improved its chances at earning a berth to the NCAA tournament, improving to 29-24 overall and 12-10 in Pac-10 play. The fourth-place Bears can now finish no worse than 12-12 in league play. Washington fell to 27-27 overall and 9-13 in the conference.
Ross (6-6), who will pitch for the U.S. national team this summer, picked up the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three. Husky starter Jason Erickson (4-3) went only two-plus innings in the loss, giving up five runs on six hits.
Cal jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the first. Brett Jackson tripled to lead off the game and then scored on a single from Charlie Cutler. A walk and an infield single loaded the bases and two runners came in on when Jeff Kobernus grounder was fielded for a force at second, but the throw to first for a possible double play bounced wide of the bag, allowing a third run to score.
In the second, the Huskies got on the board. After leading off with a single, Brian Pearl advanced to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch before scoring on a grounder from Matt Stevens, cutting the lead to 3-1.
In the third, Cal opened the inning with a pair of singles. Bryce Mooney came on to replace Erickson and hit Kobernus to load the bases. Blake Smith grounded out to first to drive in a run and Ryan Hanlon singled up the middle to plate two more, giving the Bears a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, UW senior Curt Rindal doubled and scored on a two-out single from Ty Rasmussen to get one run back, but Cal got a sacrifice fly from David Cooper in the top of the fourth to make it a 7-2 lead.
Cooper, who doubled off the wall to drive in the Bears' final run in the ninth, went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in for Cal.
The Huskies and Bears continue the series with games Saturday at 2:00 p.m . and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 radio.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference California 8, Washington 3 California 303 100 001 -- 8 11 1 Washington 011 000 100 -- 3 9 1 Tyson Ross, Nick Nunez (7), Blake Smith (7) and Charlie Cutler. Jason Erickson, Bryce Mooney (3), Nick Haughian (4) and Brett Wilcox. W - Ross (6-6). L - Erickson (4-3). Sv - Smith (1). 2B - CAL, David Cooper; UW, Curt Rindal. 3B - CAL, Brett Jackson. T - 3:47. A - 679. Records: CAL 29-24, 12-10; UW 27-27, 9-13.