April 16, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. -
A bases-loaded double from sophomore second baseman Tony Renda capped off a five-run second inning as the Bears took game two of their series against the Washington Huskies, 8-2.
After the Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Bears tied the game in the top of the second, 2-2, on back-to-back-to-back singles from sophomore centerfielder Darrel Matthews, freshman designated hitter Knapp, and senior left fielder Austin Booker. Renda came up with two outs and the bases loaded, smashing a ball to left center to clear the bases and give the Bears a 5-2 lead.
Cal added another pair of runs in the fifth with junior catcher Chadd Krist hitting his Pac-10 leading 17th double of the season to right field, driving in the two runs to give Cal a 7-2 advantage.
The Bears had the bases loaded in the ninth, with sophomore first baseman Devon Rodriguez getting an easy RBI by drawing a walk to give Cal their eighth and final run.
Sophomore left-hander Justin Jones (5-2) gave up the two runs in the first, only one of which was earned, then shut out the Husky offense for the next seven innings. Jones was helped by solid defense behind him with the Bears infield turning three double plays. He got into trouble in the ninth inning, after hitting a batter and walking two others to load the bases with no outs. He turned the game over to junior right-hander Matt Flemer who induced a foul pop up to third base, struck a batter out looking, and got a line out to end the inning without allowing a run.
Renda led the offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Booker extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his RBI single in the second.
With the victory, the Bears improve to 22-9 (8-3 Pac-10). The Huskies fall to 10-22 (2-6 Pac-10).
The Bears will try for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon when junior right-hander Dixon Anderson (3-1, 3.54 ERA) takes the mound for Cal. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. with free live streaming video available through the Huskies website.