April 17, 2010
BERKELEY - Behind a masterful pitching performance from freshman left-hander Justin Jones and some stellar offensive and defensive production from sophomore left fielder Danny Oh, the Cal baseball team defeated Washington, 3-2, Saturday (April 17) afternoon at Evans Diamond. The No. 19-ranked Golden Bears (21-11, 7-4) evened their series 1-1 versus the Huskies (19-14, 4-4) going into Sunday's rubber match. Washington had topped Cal, 7-3, Friday.
Jones improved his record to a Pac-10 leading 8-2 by throwing 8.1 innings with 10 hits, one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts. He was able to out duel Husky right-hander Andrew Kittredge (5-3, 6.1 innings, five hits, three runs, two walks, five strikeouts) in a back-and-forth ball game.
The Bears were finally able to break through in the seventh when sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien led-off the inning with a double down the left field line off Kittredge. Semien advanced to third base on Austin Booker's sacrifice bunt, and then scored on Oh's towering triple to center field.
Then in the top of the ninth inning Oh had the defensive play of the game. Washington's David Bentrott had a one-out double off Jones and was replaced by pinch runner Andy Smith. Cal sophomore reliever Matt Flemer came into the game for Jones and yielded a single to left field to the Huskies' Brad Boyer. Smith tried to score on Boyer's hit, but was gunned out at the plate by Oh's throw to catcher Chadd Krist. Flemer gave up a single to Doug Cherry to put runners on first and second base, but was able to get pinch hitter Chase Anselment to fly out to Oh to end the ballgame and earn his third save of the season.
Washington scored the first run of the game in the third inning on Bentrott's RBI single up the middle. Cal responded with a run in the bottom of the third on Oh's RBI double, scoring freshman center fielder Darrel Matthews who had a two-out triple to center field.
The Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Sean Meehan led-off the inning with a single, stole second base, and scored on Boyer's RBI single. The Bears rallied for another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kittredge hit both Brian Guinn and Mark Canha with pitches to start the inning, and after Krist advanced Guinn and Canha with a sacrifice bunts, Guinn scored on freshman designated hitter Tony Renda's RBI groundout to tie the game, 2-2.
The Bears will play the final game of the three-game Pac-10 series versus Washington, Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.