April 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. - Washington reliever Zach Wright threw a wild pitch in the top of the 14th inning, allowing Brenden Farney to score the winning run in Cal's 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Huskies Sunday (April 28) at Husky Ballpark. The Golden Bears (20-23, 9-12) ended up capturing the series two games to one - falling 3-2 in 12 innings on Friday before winning 8-1 Saturday and now 6-5 Sunday.
Farney started the rally in the 14th inning with a one-out single to right field. After a walk to Andrew Knapp and a ground out to the Wright by Grant Diede had advanced Farney to third base, the sophomore second baseman scored the go ahead run on Wright's errant pitch.
The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman right-hander Collin Monsour, who was one of eight Bear pitchers (six of whom keep the Huskies scoreless through the final 12 innings). Monsour (2-0) pitched the final 2.0 innings and got the Huskies' (14-28, 6-12) Braden Bishop to line-out to the pitcher to end the contest.
Washington had taken an early lead in the contest when it scored five runs in the second inning off of Cal pitchers Dylan Nelson and Ryan Wertenberger, but Cal rebounded with two runs in both the third and fourth innings and a run in the fifth inning.
The key hit for the Bears in the third inning was a two-run single through the middle of the infield by junior catcher Knapp. In the fourth inning, freshman third baseman Mitchell Kranson had a one-out double to right field and then scored on sophomore shortstop Chris Paul's two-run homer over the left field fence.
Cal finally tied the game, 5-5, in the fifth inning when Farney led off the inning with a double to center field and scored on Knapp's double to right field.
Farney, Kranson and freshman left fielder Brian Celsi each had two hits apiece for the Bears, while Knapp finished the day 3-for-6 with three RBI.
"Today was a great road series win," said Cal coach David Esquer. "We used almost everyone on the roster to win. It was a great performance by pitchers Keaton Siomkin, Eric Walbridge and Collin Monsour to hold them at the end."
Cal will next travel to Pacific on Tuesday, April 30 for a 6 p.m. game at Klein Family Field (aired on KNEW 960 AM with Roxy Bernstein announcing). The Bears will then continue Pac-12 play with a three-game series at Oregon State, May 3-5.