Baseball Rallies To Beat Riverside, 8-5

March 2, 2001

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After surrendering the lead in the seventh, the Washington baseball team rallied for three runs in the eighthand tacked on another in the ninth to beat UC Riverside, 8-5, Friday at the Riverside Sports Complex. TheHuskies improved to 3-1 with the win while the Highlanders fell to 4-11.

The two teams also revised the weekend's schedule, which called for single games Friday, Saturday andSunday. Instead, due to the probability of rain on Sunday, the teams will play a 1:00 p.m. doubleheaderon Saturday. If the rain doesn't come on Sunday, that game (also a 1:00 p.m. start) will still be played aswell -- making it a four-game series.

In Friday's game, neither team was able to get much going offensively until the fourth. With two outs andrunners at first and third, Husky right fielder Tyler Davidson doubled to send home Jay Garthwaite withthe opening tally. Third baseman Michael Done followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0.

The Highlanders posted their first run in the fourth when Randy Blood walked and eventually scored on asacrifice fly by Adam Spiker. The Huskies tacked on a run in the seventh when Mike Wagner walked andthen rounded the bases on three wild pitches by UCR starter George Carralejo (1-4).

UCR rallied in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead. A sacrifice fly by Rich Hofman scored one runand a bloop single from Tim Faulkner sent in another. Blood then sent a sharp single to center that drovein two runs to give the Highlanders a 5-4 lead.

In the eighth, Done's double to center field drove in Garthwaite and Jefferson Thiel as the Huskies tookback the lead. An RBI single from Mike Wagner sent home Davidson with another to make it 7-5. In theninth, Bryan Johnson doubled and scored on a double from Thiel to close out the scoring.

Husky junior Shawn Kohn (1-0) earned the victory in relief of Tyler Shepple, who gave up four runs onfour hits over 6.2 innings. Sophomore Scott Robertson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second saveof the season. UCR reliever David Gibson (0-1) suffered the loss.

Done, a junior, led the Husky hitters, finishing 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.

LINESCOREat Riverside Sports ComplexWashington 8, UC Riverside 5Washington    000 300 131 -- 8 11 0UC Riverside  000 100 400 -- 5 7 3Tyler Shepple, Shawn Kohn (7), Taylor Grant (8), Scott Robertson (9) and Jefferson Thiel. GeorgeCarralejo, David Gibson (8), Brian Hoff (8) and Jimmy Anderson. W - Kohn (1-0). L - Gibson (0-1). Sv- Robertson (2). 2B - UW, Tyler Davidson, Michael Done, Bryan Johnson, Thiel. T - 3:22. A - 267.
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