April 1, 2001
SEATTLE - California scored 16 runs on 20 hits Sunday at Husky Ballpark to hand the Washington baseball team a 16-7 loss and complete a three-game Pac-10 series sweep. The Bears have shown a propensity for scoring runs on Sunday in the league, as they posted 17 at Arizona State two weeks ago and 10 last week vs. Washington State.
The loss was the Huskies' sixth straight conference defeat, dropping them to 2-7 in the conference and 14-10 overall. California improved to 18-14 overall and 5-4 in Pac-10 play. The start of Sunday's game was delayed just over an hour due to a hail storm.
Second baseman Carson White belted two homers for the Bears, and had two other long flyouts caught at the center field wall. He finished the day 2-for-5 with three runs and six RBI. Teammates Conor Jackson and Rob Meyer added four hits apiece, with Meyer belting a two-run homer in the seventh that put the nails in the coffin.
Cal scored five runs in the first. Things started out badly as Husky freshman starter Clay Johnson struck out Ben Conley to lead off the game, but Conley reached on a passed ball on the third strike. John Baker followed with a double to score Conley from first and later in the inning, White belted a three-run homer. All the runs were unearned for Johnson (3-2), who got only two outs in the game before leaving.
Washington posted three runs in the bottom of the first and chased Cal starter Ryan Atkinson in the second, but thanks to five double plays (one short of the Pac-10 record) by the Bears' defense, the Huskies get any closer than two runs from Cal, which scored in the first four innings.
Washington trailed 12-7 going into the top of the seventh, but Meyer's homer accounted for the last two of the Bears' four runs that inning, effectively closing the door on any Husky rally attempts.
Reliever Andrew Sproul (3-0) relieved Atkinson, throwing three innings for the win. David Cash worked the final four and two-thirds for his third save of the season.
The Huskies play their next six games against non-Pac-10 foes. Tuesday, the Dawgs play host to Pacific Lutheran before travelling to face Hawaii-Hilo in a four-game weekend series.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game California 16, Washington 7 California 521 301 400 -- 16 20 3 Washington 302 011 000 -- 7 10 1 Ryan Atkinson, Andrew Sproul (2), David Cash (5) and Spencer Wyman, Creighton Kahoalii (8). Clay Johnson, Tyler Shepple (1), Taylor Grant (4), Trevor Gibson (7), Brian Barton (8), Matt Gardner (9) and Ben Johnson. W - Sproul (3-0). L - C. Johnson (3-2). Sv - Cash (3). 2B - Cal, John Baker, Wyman, UW, Tila Reynolds, Ben Johnson. HR - Cal, Carson White 2 (5), Rob Meyer (3), UW, Ben Miller (3). T - 3:39. A - 405.