Bears pour in late runs to seal Seattle victory

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Washington had runners in scoring position for five straight innings at Husky Ballpark. The Cal baseball team blanked the Huskies through all of them.

Starting pitcher Erik Johnson posted a rebound effort for the rotation after a rough weekend at Arizona a week ago, allowing just one run to Washington in a 6 2/3-inning, six-hit effort on the mound Friday night.

The visiting No. 16 Bears (21-9, 7-3 in the Pac-10) were deadlocked with the Huskies, 1-1, in Seattle until they pulled ahead in the seventh inning. Both teams knocked in their first runs in the fifth.

Still knotted in the seventh, Cal center fielder Darrel Matthews slapped a double into left field to score second baseman Tony Renda and third baseman Mitch Delfino - who gave his team its first run with a solo shot - to grab a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Washington left fielder Joe Meggs lined a double into right field with two outs, moving catcher B.K. Santy to third. The Cal coaching staff decided to pull Johnson for freshman reliever Kyle Porter, who worked himself out of the jam with a backwards K.

The rest of the Bears made sure the game didn't get any closer.

Back to back RBIs by Renda and Cal catcher Chadd Krist in the eighth stretched the lead to 6-1. The Huskies scored on an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth before folding on Porter's sixth strikeout of the game.

The two teams take the field again at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Jack Wang covers baseball. Contact him at [email protected]

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