April 18, 2010
BERKELEY - Junior first baseman Mark Canha finished the day 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, including the game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning, leading No. 19 California to a series-clinching 9-7 victory over Washington Sunday (April 18) at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 22-11 overall and 8-4 in the Pac-10. The Huskies dropped to 19-15, 4-5 in league play. Washington won game one of the series, 7-3, but Cal came back to win game two, 3-2, and game three, 9-7.
Junior second baseman Brian Guinn was also outstanding at the plate for the Bears, going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored. On the mound, sophomore right-hander Matt Flemer continues to be stellar for Cal, picking up the win in relief by going the final 2.2 innings with one hit, no runs and two strikeouts. On the year, Flemer is now 2-0 with three saves.
The losing pitcher for Washington was reliever Jacob Clem (2-3, 2.0 innings, one hit, two runs, two walks, one strikeout). With the scored tied, 7-7, Clem was able to get the Bears out in order in the seventh inning, but in the eighth inning he gave up a one-out walk to Cal's sophomore shortstop Marcus Semien. Semien advanced to second base on Danny Oh's groundout to first base, followed by Clem intentionally walking Guinn. Canha then took advantage of his opportunity, hitting a two-run double down the right field line for the game-winning runs.
Sunday's game was another tough battle between the Huskies and the Bears. Cal had jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in the first inning (on Canha's two-run double down the left field line) and two runs in the third inning (unearned run on throwing error by UW reliever Adam Cimber, RBI single by freshman designated hitter Tony Renda).
Yet Washington game storming back when Sean Meehan hit a grand slam off Bear senior left-hander Chris Petrini (5.0 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, one walk, five strikeouts) in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game, 4-4.
Cal took back the lead, 5-4, on Guinn's solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. UW scored in the fifth inning on a fielding error by Petrini, but the Bears answered with a run in fifth inning when freshman center fielder Darrel Matthew's had an RBI double to left center field for a 6-5 lead.
Cal added a run in the sixth inning on Guinn's RBI double down the right field line, only to see the Huskies tie the game, 7-7, with two runs in the top of the seventh inning on Caleb Brown's two-run double to center field off Bear junior right-hander Kevin Miller.
"Our team is young, but we are growing up fast," said Cal coach David Esquer, who has seen his Bears win eight of their last nine conference games. "We are growing up fast because of the competition we are facing. Washington is as tough of a team as we have faced this year. They were a difficult match-up for us and they would not go away. This league (Pac-10) is going to be a 27-game war and we are going to have to learn how to keep on battling."
Cal will next host Pacific in a non-conference game, Tuesday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Washington: Meehan, grand slam in the fourth inning.
Cal: Guinn, solo home run in the fourth inning.