UW Baseball Two-Hits Northwestern

Feb. 16, 2002

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Three Husky pitchers combined to two-hit Northwestern and Bryan Johnson's second-inning solo homer held up as the winning run as the Washington baseball team improved to3-0 on the season with a 2-0 win over Northwestern at the Rawlings Spring TrainingTournament at Papago Park.

Husky starter Sean White (Mercer Island) no-hit the Wildcats through the first four andone-third innings before NU third baseman Frank Favia reached on a ground-ball singlethrough the right side of the infield. White, a junior righty, was on a low pitch count after ashoulder injury last season and left the game after the fifth inning. He allowed only the onehit while walking two and striking out two and allowed only three fly balls.

Sophomore Brian Carter (Woodinville) relieved White to start the sixth inning and threwthree no-hit innings, walking none and striking out two. Junior closer Tyler Shepple(Arvada, Colo.) finished up, throwing the ninth for his second save in as many games. Inthe ninth, NU first baseman managed a bloop single to right, but the Huskies turned adouble-play on the next play to end the game.

Washington's first run came in the second inning when Johnson (Ephrata), a junior firstbaseman, belted a leadoff homer off of NU starter Ryan Bos (0-1). Bos worked eightstrong innings in the loss, allowing six hits and one walk. Northwestern fell to 0-3.

The Huskies added insurance in the ninth. Johnson singled to lead off and was replaced bypinch runner Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview), who stole second and then scored ona double from third baseman John Otness (Tacoma/Wilson).

Junior center fielder Brandon Jacobson (Issaquah), whose diving, over-the-shoulder catchon the game's first play set the tone, went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. ShortstopTila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) went 2-for-4 with a double.

Later today, the Huskies face the University of British Columbia in a seven-inningexhibition game, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (MST). The UW's season-opening trip concludesSunday when the Huskies face Missouri at 12:30 p.m. (MST).

LINESCOREWashington 2, Northwestern 0Washington       010 000 001 -- 2 8 2Northwestern     000 000 000 -- 0 2 0Sean White, Brian Carter (6), Tyler Shepple (9) and Ben Johnson. Ryan Bos, DanPohlman (9) and Ken Padgett, Pat McMahon (9). W - White (1-0). L - Bos (0-1). Sv. -Shepple (2). 2B - UW, Tila Reynolds, John Otness. HR - UW, Bryan Johnson (1). T - 2:18.
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