Fresno State Out-Slugs UW Baseball, 13-9

Feb. 23, 2002

FRESNO, Calif. - Down 6-0 after an inning and a half, Fresno State came back to beat the Washington baseball team 13-9Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Beiden Field.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 7-7 and 9-9 before taking the lead in the eighth when UW freshman relieverWill Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap) walked catcher Brad Harper with the bases loaded to send in thewinning run. Fenton (0-1) suffered the loss, though both of the runs he allowed were unearned.

The Bulldogs iced the game in the eighth inning. Leading 10-9, first baseman Brian Pierce blasted a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left to account for the final tally.

As they did in Friday's series opener, the Huskies (4-2) jumped on the Bulldogs in the first, posting threeruns this time around. Shortstop Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) singled and scored the first run whenright fielder Tobey Riday-White's throw back to the infield after a single by Tyler Davidson(Edmonds/Meadowdale) went awry. A groundout from Bryan Johnson (Ephrata) and a single off the wallin right from Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) drove in a run each to give the UW a 3-0 edge.

The Huskies tacked on three more in the second when Johnson's double down the left-field line with thebases loaded drove in all three runners.

Fresno State got back in the game quickly in the bottom of the second. Riday-White doubled andeventually scored on a Jared Walker single before Harper belted a three-run homer over the center fieldwall to cut the Husky lead to 6-4. The Bulldogs drew within a run in the third when Scott Beshearsdoubled and scored on a Casey McGehee single.

After the Huskies scored one in the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs went ahead with three runs in thefourth. Starting pitcher Ben Fritz, who had allowed six runs before being relieved in the third but hadstayed in as the designated hitter, lined a bases-loaded double to drive in two runs and tie it at 7-7 beforeUW starter Clay Johnson (Elma) uncorked a wild pitch to allow Beshears to score the go-ahead run.

A sixth-inning two-run homer from Husky right fielder Davidson, his third, gave Washington a 9-8 leadbefore FSU tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by Garthwaite.

Fresno reliever Zach Minor (1-1) picked up the win, throwing three scoreless innings to close the game.

Washington and Fresno State (5-7) close out the three-game series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. game.

LINESCOREFresno State 13, Washington 9Washington     330 102 000 --  9 13 2Fresno St.     041 301 13x -- 13 12 1Clay Johnson, Brian Carter (5), Will Fenton (6), Trevor Gibson (7), Tyler Shepple (8) and Ben Johnson,Aaron Hathaway (8). Ben Fritz, Francisco Nieves (3), Zach Minor (7) and Brad Harper. W - Minor (1-1).L - Fenton (0-1). 2B - UW, Bryan Johnson, FSU, Tobey Riday-White, Scott Beshears, Fritz, ChrisPatrick. HR - UW, Tyler Davidson (3), FSU, Harper (1), Brian Pierce (1). T - 2:57. A - 3,115.
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