Chris Baker’s grand slam lifts Washington to 7-4 victory over UCLA
Baker’s fifth homer of season help Huskies claim first series victory over Bruins since 2005.
Junior Chris Baker hit a grand slam that erased a 2-0 deficit and powered Washington to a 7-4 victory over UCLA on Sunday at Husky Ballpark in front of a season-high crowd of 1,388 fans.
The Huskies (19-12, 9-6 Pac-12) also claimed their first series win over the Bruins (15-18, 6-9) since 2005 and moved into a second-place tie with California, which dropped two of three games at Arizona State.
“It’s a huge series win for us,” said Baker, who hit his fifth home run of the season. “UCLA has always been a powerhouse. They’re UCLA. Everyone expects them to win, and we haven’t done that.”
• Ninth-ranked Washington battled back from an early deficit in the series finale against California but eventually fell, 5-3, at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Huskies (28-9,9-6) spotted Cal (21-17-1, 6-7-1 Pac-12) a four-run lead in the second inning before mounting a late-inning comeback that fell just short.
Senior Kimberlee Souza hit her 11th home run of the season in the sixth inning to pull the Huskies to within two runs. The first baseman led the offense with two runs batted in. Taylor Van Zee went 2 for 4 with a run scored while freshman Morganne Flores recorded an RBI.
• Grand Canyon scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning for an 8-4 WAC victory over Seattle U at Bannerwood Park.
Seattle U’s Dalton Hurd tied the score at 4-4 by sending the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth over the left-field fence for a homer.
• Gonzaga attempted a comeback in the eighth inning, but the rally fell short as San Francisco escaped with a 5-3 win, winning the series two games to one.
• Barkley, last seen capturing the Emerald Express over Gold Rush Dancer in July, remained unbeaten with a two-length victory over On Fire in the featured $20,500 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Emerald Downs. Ridden by Javier Matias at 119 pounds, Barkley ran six furlongs in 1:08.81 and returned $5.20, $3.40 and $2.20 as second choice in the wagering. Barkley has won all three of his starts with earnings of $49,275, including $11,275 for Sunday’s victory.
• Aaron Kovar scored a penalty kick in the 28th minute as Sounders FC 2 defeated Colorado Springs 1-0 at Starfire Sports.
From sports-information reports.