Huskies Split Doubleheader At Hawaii-Hilo

April 7, 2001

HILO, Hawaii - Washington baseball team held onto a lead in the first game, 10-7, and Talei Sootohomered in the bottom of the ninth to give Hawaii-Hilo the game two win, 6-5, in adoubleheader split Saturday at Wong Stadium. The Huskies' record stands at 17-11 afterthe split while Hilo is now 5-25.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Huskies led 9-0 in the third before surrenderingtheir first runs of the series as Ryan Petersen belted a two-run double to make it 9-2.Washington has scored four in the first and five in the third, collecting nine hits by the endof top of the third inning.

Freshman second baseman John Otness had the biggest Husky hit of game one, connectingfor a three-run double in the third. Third baseman Michael Done had RBI singles in boththe first and third. Tila Reynolds, Jay Garthwaite and Tyler Davidson each posted two hitsin the first game.

Senior Matt Gardner (1-0) picked up the game-one victory in relief of starterRandy Vanderplow, who allowed the first five batters to reach in the fifth before coming out. Gardner worked an inning and a third, allowing one run. Scott Robertson came onwith the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and got out of the jam without allowing arun. He finished the game for his fifth save of the season. UHH starter Ben Siff (1-4)allowed six earned runs in three innings for the loss.

In game two, the Vulcans took leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before the Huskies could come backand take a lead for good. In the fifth, the Huskies used two UHH errors to score their third run.

It wasn't until the eighth when the Huskies finally got their first lead. Duggan Moran'sdouble plated one run, and catcher Tim Rice laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Donewith the go-ahead run. The Vulcans, however, came back to tie the game at 5-5 in thebottom of the eighth when Ryan Petersen's sacrifice fly scored Mike Hobbs from third.The Huskies prevented the go-ahead run from scoring when Rice tagged out Kaliko Oligotrying to score from third on a double steal attempt.

After Shaun Suzuki (1-0) held the Huskies scoreless in the top of the ninth, Sooto led offthe bottom of the inning with a homer to left on a 3-2 pitch from freshman Trevor Gibson(0-2), who suffered the loss for the Huskies. Done picked up five hits in the doubleheaderto lead the Washington offense while Hilo's Petersen had five RBI on the day.

The Huskies and Vulcans close out the four-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (4 p.m. Pacific).

LINESCORESNon-Conference DoubleheaderGame One -- Washington 10, Hawaii-Hilo 7Washington    405 001 0 -- 10 10 1Hawaii-Hilo   002 041 0 --  7 10 4Randy Vanderplow, Matt Gardner (5), Scott Robertson (6) and Ben Johnson. Ben Siff,Sergio Reyes (4) and Todd Jinbo. W - Gardner (1-0). L - Siff (1-4). Sv - Robertson (5).2B - UW, John Otness, UHH, Keola Park 2, Ryan Petersen. 3B - UW, Tila Reynolds. T -2:17.

Game Two -- Hawaii-Hilo 6, Washington 5Washington 002 010 020 -- 5 13 1Hawaii-Hilo 020 200 011 -- 6 12 3Taylor Grant, Tyler Shepple (4), Matt Gardner (8), Trevor Gibson (8) and Tim Rice,Ben Johnson (9). Zeb Watts, Sergio Reyes (5), Shaun Suzuki (8) and Todd Jinbo. W -Suzuki (1-0). L - Gibson . 2B - UW, Duggan Moran, UHH, Justin Kaneshiro, RyanPetersen, Keola Park. HR - UHH, Talei Sooto (1). T - 3:24. A - 175.

NOTE: For game one box score, click on 'box score' at the top of this story.For game two's box, go to the schedule/results page (link at top of page).

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