May 27, 2007
SEATTLE - Junior Matt Hague went 4-for-5 with a game-tying home run as the Huskies rallied for a 5-4 win over California Sunday at Husky Ballpark in the final game of the 2007 regular season.
Down 4-3, the Huskies rallied in the eighth when Hague went the opposite way for a solo home run to right, his 13th of the season and his fourth hit of the day. Ty Rasmussen and Curt Rindal followed with singles before freshman pinch hitter Joey Lind poked a single through the left side to plate pinch runner Matt Stevens with the go-ahead run.
Hague finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle, but had a possible tripled robbed on a great diving catch by Bears center fielder Brett Jackson on the warning track in the sixth.
Husky reliever Nick Hagadone (6-1) earned the win for the Huskies, pitching the final four an two-thirds. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out three.
Cal closer Matt Gorgen (3-5), who hadn't allowed a home run all season prior to Hague's, suffered the loss, allowing two runs in two innings of relief.
Both teams will await the NCAA tournament selection show Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN. The Bears (29-26 overall, 12-12 in the Pac-10) finished alone in fourth place in the conference. Washington finished alone in fifth at 29-27 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10, meaning the Bears are probably the more likely team to earn a bid despite dropping two of three on the weekend.
As they did in all three games in the series, the Bears scored in the first inning. Jackson was hit by a pitch to open the game. After a single from Charlie Cutler, Jackson scored on a base hit from David Cooper, giving Cal a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but didn't score. However, in the second, a two-out rally played two runs. With Brett Kaluza at second and two down, Bradley Boyer dumped an RBI single to shallow left. Hague followed with a double off the left-field fence, driving in Boyer to give Washington a 2-1 lead.
Washington added a third run in the fourth when Michael Burgher reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a Boyer walk and scored on a single from Hague.
Cal took back the lead with three runs in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Hagadone relieved starter Brandon McKerney. Hagadone's first offering was a wild pitch, allowing one to score. Then, Josh Satin's single through the right side drove in two more, giving the Bears a 4-3 edge.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 5, California 4 California 100 030 000 -- 4 7 0 Washington 020 100 02x -- 5 12 1 Craig Bennigson, Matt Gorgen (7) and Charlie Cutler. Brandon McKerney, Nick Hagadone (5) and Brett Wilcox. W - Hagadone (6-1). L - Gorgen (3-5). 2B - CAL, Michael Brady; UW, Matt Hague. HR - UW, Hague (13). T - 3:02. A - 501. Records: CAL 29-26, 12-12; UW 29-27, 11-13.