Washington Edges PLU With Run In Ninth

April 3, 2001

SEATTLE - Shortstop Tila Reynolds' infield single in the bottom of the ninth drove in the winning runas the Washington baseball team narrowly escaped Pacific Lutheran, 4-3, in a non-conference game Wednesday evening at Husky Ballpark.

In the ninth, Washington had runners at first and second when Andre Marshall sliced asingle to left field, but pinch runner Justin Drake was thrown out at the plate for the firstout of the inning. After the Lutes intentionally walked Ben Miller to load the bases,Reynolds hit a smash that handcuffed PLU second baseman Chris Ullom, allowing thewinning run to score.

Reliever Scott Robertson (2-0), who surrendered a unearned run in the top of the ninth totie the game, picked up the victory, the 300th of Washington head coach Ken Knutson'scareer.

Trailing 3-2, PLU had runners aboard at first and second with two outs in the top of theninth when Lew England hit a hard grounder towards left. UW third basemanMichael Done made a diving stop and seemingly had the game in hand, but his throw tosecond for the force sailed wide, allowing Mark Lydell, who had singled to lead off theninth, to score from second base and tie the game at 3-3.

With the win, the Huskies broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 15-10 overall.The Lutes, a member of the Division III Northwest Conference, fell to 9-12 on the season.

The Lutes took a 1-0 lead in the first when Nolan Soete walked and eventually scored on asingle from Micheal Colon. The Huskies went in front 2-1 with two runs in the second.Bryan Johnson doubled to lead off and was followed by a Michael Done walk. Bothmoved up a base on a passed ball and both scored on a double from freshman John Otness.

In the third, Reynolds led off with a double and scored on a Jay Garthwaite single. PLUclosed the gap to 3-2, thanks to three Husky errors in the inning.

Lutes starter Brian Farman (2-5) was the tough-luck loser, working eight-plus innings andsurrendering four runs (three earned) on 10 hits. The senior walked two and struck outtwo.

UW starter Jeff Carlsen, a 6-foot-7 senior from Poulsbo, allowed only two hits -- bothsingles in the first inning -- and one run while fanning six in five innings of work, butdidn't figure in the decision.

The Huskies travel to Hawaii this weekend for four games at Hawaii-Hilo before playingSt. Martin's next Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 4, Pacific Lutheran 3Pac. Lutheran   100 000 001 -- 3  5 1Washington      021 000 001 -- 4 12 3Brian Farman, Luke Faxon (9) and Adam Epperson. Jeff Carlsen, Greg Colburn (6),Trevor Gibson (8), Matt Gardner (8), Scott Robertson (8) and Ben Johnson. W -Robertson (2-0). L - Farman (2-5). 2B - UW, Bryan Johnson, John Otness,Tila Reynolds. T - 2:43. A - 264.
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