Baseball Beats Southern Utah In Home Opener

March 9, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team trailed early, but rallied in the middle innings to beatSouthern Utah, 8-6, in the Huskies' home opener Friday night at Husky Ballpark. TheHuskies improved to 7-3 with the win.

Trailing 4-2, the Thunderbirds took the lead in the third when Todd Mitchell stroked athree-run homer to left to put Southern Utah ahead, 5-4.

Washington would have to wait to take the lead for good in the fifth, when the Huskiesscored four runs, all with two outs. With runners at first and second, freshman SteveRamsey tied the game with a double, his first career hit. Brandon Jacobson's triple thenplated two more runs, and Jacobson made it 8-5 when he crossed the plate on a single fromMarc Rittenhouse.

Freshman Clay Johnson (2-0) picked up the win for the Huskies, allowing three earnedruns and fanning five over five innings. Junior Randy Vanderplow threw four solidinnings of relief for the save, his first. SUU starter Rick White worked 4.2 innings to fallto 0-4 on the season.

Jacobson, a sophomore from Issaquah, finished the day 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIand two runs scored. Catcher Jefferson Thiel and third baseman Michael Done added twohits each for the Huskies. Mitchell and Chris Nelson each had two hits to lead theThunderbirds (1-13).

The Huskies and Southern Utah have added a game to the series. Tomorrow, the teamswill play a doubleheader, beginning at 1:00 p.m., instead of a single game. Sunday, theywill close out the series with the regularly scheduled 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCOREat Husky BallparkWashington 8, Southern Utah 6Southern Utah   113 000 001 -- 6 9 1Washington      040 040 00x -- 8 12 1Rick White, Steven Stoker (5), Wes Matthews (8) and Ken Parker. Clay Johnson,Randy Vanderplow (6) and Jefferson Thiel. W - Johnson (2-0). L - White (0-4). Sv -Vanderplow (1). 2B - SUU, Chris Nelson, UW, Michael Done, Jay Garthwaite,Steve Ramsey. 3B - SUU, James Anderson, UW, Brandon Jacobson. HR - SUU, ToddMitchell (4). T - 3:16. A - 491.
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