April 13, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Brennan Boesch had a pair of two-run home runs and starter Brandon Morrow allowed two runs over seven innings as California opened a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series with a 9-2 victory over Washington State Thursday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 22-13 overall, 4-6 in conference play. Cal ends a four-game skid to improve to 17-16, 5-5 in Pac-10 action.
After retiring the first two Cal hitters, Cougar starter Jared Prince surrendered a soft single to left off the bat of Allen Craig. Boesch then drove the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first the Cougars had runners at second and third with two outs. On a 1-2 pitch to Simi Reynolds, Ryan Krauser broke from third and was caught trying to steal home, ending the WSU threat.
The Bears added a single run in the second on Brett Munster's sacrifice fly to center that scored Mike Van Winden, who walked to open the inning. In the third Boesch connected for another two-run shot, this time to right field as Cal increased its lead to 5-0.
Boesch struck again in the fifth with an RBI double down the line in left. After an intentional walk to load the bases with one out, Reese Baker came in for Prince to face Van Winden. Baker did not allow a hit in the inning, but a hit batter, walk and RBI groundout pushed the Cal lead to 9-0.
WSU scored its only runs of the contest in the bottom of the fifth. Greg Lagreid drove a 1-1 pitch deep over the wall in left for a two-run home run, scoring Jim Murphy. It was Lagreid's first home run of the season and it closed out the scoring for both teams.
Prince suffered his first loss of the season as he worked four a 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits. Baker went the rest of the way, working four and 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one.
For the evening Boesch had three hits, drove in five and scored three runs. Taylor Grigsby and Allen Craig added two hits each. Morrow allowed both Cougar runs on three hits while striking out five. Matt Gorgen and Alex Trafton each worked an inning in relief.
These two teams continue their series Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.