Johnson Double Lifts UW Past Northwestern

Feb. 15, 2002

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Junior Bryan Johnson's two-out double in the eighth inning sent home Tyler Davidson to break a 7-7 tie as the Washington baseball team beat Northwestern, 8-7, in the second game at the Rawlings Spring Training Tournament at Papago Park.

Washington led 7-2 at one point, but the Wildcats scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game before Johnson (Ephrata) broke the tie in the eighth. Johnson finished the day 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI. The Huskies improved to 2-0 on the season while NU fell to 0-2.

Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale) continued his hot start, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and reaching in all five plate appearances. In Thursday's season-opening win over Missouri, he went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI.

Junior Scott Robertson (Mercer Island), who got the final two outs of the eighth inning with the go-ahead run at second base, earned the victory. Junior Tyler Shepple (Arvada, Colo.) pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, for his first save. NU reliever Evan Blesoff (0-1) suffered the loss.

'We got some big hits from our big guys,' Husky head coach Ken Knutson said. 'Robertson and Shepple were both outstanding. That's what we need from our bullpen.'

Washington scored three runs in the third as Brandon Jacobson (Issaquah) singled and eventually came home on a wild pitch. After Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) singled and Davidson reached on an error, Johnson belted a two-out triple to drive in two runs.

Davidson drove in a run with a double to score Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) in the fifth and then scored on a single from Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian). In the sixth, Done belted a two-run homer to give the Huskies their 7-2 lead.

In the seventh, four walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter led to the Wildcats' five runs. Steve Haake's two-run double was the big hit of the inning.

Sophomore righty Clay Johnson (Elma) started and worked five innings for Washington. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Freshman catcher Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River), in his first college appearance, went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. He also threw out the only would-be basestealer to run on him and picked a runner off of first base.

'Clay was really good,' Knutson said. 'I don't think the score indicates how well we pitched or played defense. We allowed one big inning that made the ballgame close.

Saturday, the Huskies face Northwestern (0-2) once again at 10 a.m. before a 2 p.m. exhibition game vs. British Columbia.

LINESCOREWashington 8, Northwestern 7Northwestern     000 200 500 --  7  9  3Washington       003 022 01x --  8 13  0Gabe Ribas, Stanley Finch (6), Evan Blesoff (8) and Ken Padgett. Clay Johnson,Trevor Gibson (6), Greg Colburn (7), Scott Robertson (8), Tyler Shepple (9) andAaron Hathaway. W - Robertson (1-0). L - Blesoff (0-1). Sv - Shepple (1). 2B - NU,Steve Haake, UW, Tyler Davidson 2, Hathaway, Bryan Johnson. 3B - NU, BrandonAckley, UW, Br. Johnson, Hathaway. HR - UW, Michael Done (1). T - 3:01.
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