April 27, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. - Led by the outstanding pitching of junior right-hander Mitchell Kranson, Cal baseball defeated Washington, 8-1, Saturday (April 27) at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.
The Golden Bears (19-23, 8-12 in Pac-12) evened the series with the Huskies (14-27, 6-11) after suffering a 3-2, 12-inning setback Friday night. The two teams will play the rubber match, Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
In only his second career start, Hildenberger threw a career-high 7.0 innings with four hits, one run, two walks and tied a career-high with five strikeouts, to improve his record to 5-2.
Kranson gave Cal its first run of the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single, and then gave the Bears additional insurance runs with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning.
"It was a great pitching effort by Mitchell Kranson in the sixth inning to get us going. We played a solid game today."
The Bears broke a 0-0 tie with five runs in the top of the sixth inning, highlighted by Kranson's RBI single through the middle of the infield, and later junior shortstop Mike Reuvekamp's double down the right field line that scored three runs off of UW starter Austin Voth (4-5, 6.0 innings, eight hits, five runs, one earned run, three walks, four strikeouts).
Hildenberger gave up his lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Cal sealed the win with three runs in the top of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by junior designated hitter Devon Rodriguez and a two-run single by Kranson.
Kranson, Rodriguez, freshman center fielder Devin Pearson and sophomore second baseman Brenden Farney all had two hits apiece for the Bears, who out-hit the Huskies, 11-5.