April 19, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore Doug Cherry broke a 2-2 tie with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning as the Washington baseball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over No. 8 California Saturday at Evans Diamond.
The win evened the three-game, Pac-10 series at one win apiece as the Huskies improved to 24-13 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10. The Bears fell to 25-10-2 overall and 6-5 in league play.
With the score tied at 2-2 going into the eighth, the Huskies got a leadoff single from Kyle Conley. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Cherry, from Inglemoor High, was called upon . He responded by lining a single to the right-center field gap, scoring Conley with what proved to be the winning run.
After Cherry's hit, the Huskies added on in the ninth when junior Jake Rife, who had come on as a pinch runner for the designated hitter in the eighth, belted a grand slam to right field, his first home run of the season. The homer came after a two-out error that loaded the bases and kept the inning alive.
Husky junior starter Jorden Merry (5-0) maintained his spotless record, going eight and one-third innings for the win. He gave up four runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out three. After getting two hits in the first, Cal had one hit (all singles) in each of the following seven innings.
In the ninth, down five runs, the Bears scored two runs, but Paul Dickey came on to record the final out and earn his fourth save.
Golden Bears reliever Craig Bennigson (3-2), who came on in the seventh, took the loss. Freshman starting pitcher Kevin Miller, who entered the game with a 0.87 ERA, allowed only one earned run on four hits over six and two-thirds, striking out eight Huskies.
Cal took the early lead with a single tally in the first. Leadoff man Rich Gorman opened the bottom of the first with a single. With two outs, he stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Bears second baseman Josh Satin followed with a single, driving Gorman in to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Huskies used two walks and an error to score a pair of runs. The UW loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks. Andy Lentz, celebrating his 22nd birthday, then hit a grounder that was misplayed by Cal shortstop Michael Brady, allowing one run to score. Joey Dunn gave the Huskies a lead when he reached on a fielders choice to drive in a second run.
Cal drew even at 2-2 in the fifth. Jeff Kobernus led off with a single. After stealing second and moving to third on a balk, he scored on a long flyout from Rich Gorman.
The series concludes with a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday. Fans can catch a live broadcast on KKNW AM-1150 and also at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 7, #8 California 4 Washington 000 200 014 -- 7 9 1 California 100 010 002 -- 4 11 3 Jorden Merry, Tyler Cheney (9), Paul Dickey (9) and Joey Dunn. Kevin Miller, Craig Bennigson (7) and Dylan Tonneson. W - Merry (5-0). L - Bennigson (3-2). Sv - Dickey (4). 2B - UW, Ty Rasmussen; Cal, Jeff Kobernus. HR - UW, Jake Rife (1). T - 3:25. A - 576. Records: UW 24- 13, 4-4 Pac-10; Cal 25-10-2, 6-5 Pac-10.