Erik Johnson and Kyle Porter kept Washington's slumping offense at bay and Cal's lineup managed to get the big hits that the Huskies could not. It all added up to a relatively routine 6-1 victory for the Bears to open up this three game series in Seattle.
The game was tight until Darrell Matthews lined a double to the wall in left with two outs in the 7th to drive in two runs. Cal added three more runs in the 8th highlighted by Chadd Krist's 16th double of the year. Cal was never able to fully solve Geoff Brown, who has pitched very well against Cal in his four years at Washington. But the Bears were able to run up his pitch count and tire him out, and as soon as he left with the game still tied 1-1, Cal jumped all over Washington's bullpen.
This afternoon's game will match up Justin Jones (4-2, 3.42) and Aaron West (1-5, 3.86). West has arguably been Washington's best starter, and his anemic record is more a reflection of Washington's inability to score runs than anything else. He got his first win of the season in a dominating, 9 inning shutout performance (though not a complete game, because Washington scored the first runs of the game in the top of the 10th inning). Justin Jones will be hoping his offense will provide him a more runs than what the Ducks managed against West. Go Bears!