Dawgs Score Two In Ninth To Beat Cal, 5-3
April 15, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Jayce Ray's two-out, RBI single in the top of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie and led the Washington baseball team to a 5-3 victory over California Sunday at Evans Diamond.
The Huskies and Bears went to the ninth tied at 3-3. Washington began the top of the ninth with Michael Camporeale reaching on an error and Erik Forgione walking. After a sacrifice bunt, Cal starter Justin Jones got a strikeout to nearly work his way out of the jam, but Ray came through with a single through the left side, scoring pinch runner Will Sparks to give the Huskies the lead. An infield single from Joe Meggs brought in Forgione to give the Huskies an insurance run.
Washington (18-15 overall, 5-7 in the Pac-12) avoided a series sweep and broke a five-game losing streak with the win. California fell to 19-15 and 4-8 in the conference.
Husky closer Joshua Fredendall (1-2) pitched the final two innings, holding the Bears scoreless and hitless, to pick up the victory. Cal starter Justin Jones (2-5), who went eight and two-thirds innings, suffered the loss. He allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits.
In the fourth inning, the Huskies mounted a two-out, none-on rally to take the game's first lead. Freshman first baseman Trevor Mitsui got things started with a two-out double and Camporeale followed by lacing his team-leading fourth homer of the year off of the right-field foul pole, staking the Dawgs to a 2-0 lead.
After Cal had opened the game with back-to-back singles, Brigham had retired nine straight Bears batters before the bottom of the fourth. Tony Renda opened that inning with a single and Mitch Delfino reached on an error. After a wild pitch moved each runner up, a Chadd Krist groundout send Renda home. Chad Bunting following with a single to left, plating Delfino to tie the score at 2-2.
Washington reclaimed the lead in the fifth. With Jacob Lamb and Ray aboard at the corners on a pair of singles, Joe Meggs grounded into a force at second to score Lamb, putting the UW back in front, 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Bears replied again. Derek Campbell singeld and Vince Bruno doubled to begin the inning. With Tyler Kane on in relief of starter Jeff Brigham, a wild pitch allowed Campbell to come home, tying the score once more. However, after an intentional walk to Renda, Delfino lined into a double play to end the inning with the score still at 3-3.
Camporeale, Ray and Mitsui each finished the game with two hits to lead the UW offense.
Washington returns home this week, when they play host to SeattleU Tuesday night and Arizona in a three-game series next weekend.