April 16, 2010
BERKELEY - Despite an impressive game from sophomore catcher Chadd Krist, the California baseball team (20-11, 6-4) saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end, dropping a 7-3 decision to Washington (19-13, 4-3), Friday, April 16 at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had swept their past two conference series versus Arizona and USC, but after getting within, 2-1, on Krist's home run in the fifth inning, gave up three runs in the top of the sixth inning and single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Krist ended up having an RBI single in the seventh inning and a triple in the ninth inning to finish the day 4-for-5 with a triple, home run and two RBI.
The losing pitcher for Cal was sophomore right-hander Erik Johnson, whose record dropped to 5-2 after throwing 6.0 innings with seven hits, four earned runs, four walks and five strikeouts. The winning pitcher for the Huskies was left-hander Geoff Brown (1-2, 5.1 innings, six hits, one run, two walks, four strikeouts).
Washington struck first with a run in the third inning on Brad Boyer's two-out RBI double off Johnson, and added another run in the fourth inning on Caleb Brown's two-out RBI infield single.
After Krist's homer in the fifth inning off Geoff Brown (sixth HR of the season), the Huskies were able to increased their lead to 6-1 with three runs in the sixth inning off Johnson. Chase Anselment walked with the bases loaded, Miles Kizer had a sacrifice center to right field and Caleb Brown also scored on Kizer's sacrifice fly when the ball slipped out of Cal right fielder Jimmy Bosco's hands on his attempt to throw to home plate.
Washington kept its cushion with runs in the seventh and eighth innings off Bear right-hander Daniel Wolford. Meanwhile, Cal notched a run in the seventh inning on Krist's RBI single to center, and a final run in the eighth inning on sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien's RBI double to left field for the final 7-3 margin.
The Bears next play the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series versus Washington, Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Krist, solo home run in the fifth inning.