UW Falls Short In Comeback Attempt

Feb. 26, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior Bryan Johnson (Ephrata) belted two home runs, but it wasn't enough as the Washington baseballteam gave up nine runs in the second inning and fell short in a comeback attempt in an 11-10 loss toPortland Tuesday at Pilot Stadium.

For the fifth straight game, the Huskies (5-3) scored in the first inning, posting mulitiple runs for thefourth consecutive time. Washington knocked UP starter Kyle Corra (1-1) out of the game after he gotonly one out. Back-to-back home runs by Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale) and Johnsonhighlighted the five-run first for the Huskies.

The Pilots (3-3), however, came back in a big way, scoring nine runs in the second inning. Travis Hansonled off with a homer to center and the first 11 Pilot batters reached base, the first nine scoring. KoryCasto's two-run single and Hanson's two-run double (in his second at bat of the inning) were the big hits.

Husky senior starter Randy Vanderplow (Coto de Caza, Calif.) suffered the loss. He was charged with allnine runs on nine hits in an inning-plus of work. UP reliever Steve Chamberlain (1-0) worked six and athird for the victory, allowing four runs (three earned) after coming on in the first inning.

Down 11-7, the Huskies mounted a late comeback. In the seventh, Johnson belted his second home run ofthe day with Davidson on to make it 11-9. In the eighth, freshman Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview)led off with a homer, the first of his career, to cut the Pilots' lead to one.

Portland closer Eric Hull, however, left the bases loaded, striking out the final two hitters of the eighth. Inthe ninth, Hull walked one batter and hit another, but UW second baseman Michael Done (Littleton,Colo.) lined out to diving second baseman Jared Mora to end the game. Hull picked up his first save.

Bryan Johnson finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI. Portland left fielder Matt Hollod, who played twoseasons at Washington (1999-2000) went 4-for-5 with four singles to lead the Pilots.

The Huskies open the home season with a three-game series vs. Utah this weekend. Friday, first pitch isslated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's games begin at 1:00 p.m.

LINESCOREPortland 11, Washington 10Washington     501 010 210 -- 10 15 1Portland       090 110 00x -- 11 16 2Randy Vanderplow, David Dowling (2), Jeff Petersen (6) and Aaron Hathaway. Kyle Corra, SteveChamberlain (1), Zach Yarbrough (7), Eric Hull (8) and Brock Griffin. W - Chamberlain (1-0). L -Vanderplow (0-1). Sv - Hull (1). 2B - UW, Kyle Larsen, Tila Reynolds, UP, Travis Hanson. HR - UW,Tyler Davidson (4), Bryan Johnson 2 (3), Taylor Johnson (1), UP, Hanson (3). T - 3:15. A - 203.
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