April 26, 2003
SEATTLE - A day after the California pitching staff allowed 16 runs on 22 hits, Bears starter Mike Padgett held the Washington baseball team to only two unearned runs on five hits in eight innings of work as Cal beat the Huskies, 6-3, Saturday in the second game of a three-game, Pac- 10 series at Husky Ballpark.
The Bears, who evened the series at one win apiece, improved to 25-20 on the season and 9-8 in Pac-10 play while Washington dropped to 27-13 and 5-6 as its five-game win streak was snapped.
Padgett (5-2), making only his second start to go with 16 relief appearances, gave up only the two unearned runs in his eight-inning outing. Husky shortstop Tila Reynolds reached on an error to lead off the ninth and Padgett was relieved. He walked three and struck out four. Husky starter Jeff Petersen (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings.
Washington opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Brent Lillibridge reached when his hard ground ball was misfielded by thirid baseman Allen Craig. Lillibridge stole second and then scored on a Greg Isaacson single, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Cal, however, took the lead with two runs in the second. Justin Nelson's single drove home James Holder with the Bears' first run and David Nicholson's safety squeeze bunt brought home Jeff Dragicevich to give the visitors a 2-1 edge.
The Golden Bears stretched their lead to 5-1 with a three-run fifth inning. David Nicholson singled and scored on a single from Allen Craig. After a wild pitch moved Craig to second, Conor Jackson was intentionally walked. Another wild pitch, however, moved runners to second and third for Brian Horwitz, who singled to left to drive home two.
In the sixth, Nicholson hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot of off UW reliever Trent Baysinger, to further extend the Bears' lead to 6-1.
In the ninth, Lillibridge belted a two-out double to score Reynolds from first base. Reynolds scored to cut the lead to 6-3 on an Isaacson single and Hathaway singled for the third time in the game to put runners at first and third with two down. However, Cal closer Matt Brown got a piece of Kyle Larsen's hard grounder up the middle, deflecting the ball to Nicholson at second, who threw to first just in time to get Larsen to end the game.
Lillibridge led the Washington offense with a 3-for-5 day. He doubled twice and also stole two bases. Hathaway added a three singles for the UW. Jackson had a good day for the Bears, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Cal also got two hits apiece from Ben Conley, Horwitz and Nicholson.
For Washington, Baysinger worked the final four innings of the game, allowing one run on the Nicholson homer, but striking out seven.
The Huskies and Bears finish the three-game series Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Game California 6, Washington 3 California 020 031 000 -- 6 12 3 Washington 100 000 002 -- 3 8 0 Mike Padgett, Matt Brown (9) and Chris Grossman. Jeff Petersen, Trent Baysinger (6) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Padgett (5-2). L - Petersen (3-4). 2B - Cal, Conor Jackson; UW, Brent Lillibridge 2. HR - Cal, David Nicholson (1). T - 3:04. A - 1,034. Records: Cal 25-20, 9-8; UW 27-13, 5-6.