Utah Rolls To 17-8 Win Over Huskies

March 2, 2002

SEATTLE - After allowing a three-run homer in the first inning, Utah starter Cheyenne Rushton settled in and led theUtes to a 17-8 win over the Washington baseball team Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The Utes got five hits, including a home run, from first baseman Nate Weese while second baseman AdamCastleton went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and Matt Ciaramella waent 2-for-5 with four RBI.

Utah (9-8) scored two runs in the first off of Husky sophomore starter Clay Johnson (Elma), who workedonly one and one-third innings in the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. In the bottom of the first, Rushtonwalked Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview) and then gave up a single to shortstop Tila Reynolds(Renton/Liberty). Senior Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) followed with a three-run homer to give theHuskies (6-4) a lead, but Rushton didn't allow another run until the seventh.

In the meantime, the Utah bats were busy. The Utes scored six in the second inning and Weese belted atwo-run homer in the third to make it 10-3. If the result was in any doubt, it was erased in the seventhwhen Mike Westfall's solo homer and a two-run single from Donnie Saba led to four runs to put Utah infront, 14-4.

Washington got back-to-back solo homers from sophomore Steve Ramseyand freshman Kyle Larsen,both from Redmond's Eastlake High, in the eighth, but it was too little, too late.

Rushton worked six and two-thirds in the victory to improve to 2-1. He allowed four runs off of sevenhits while striking out five. UW freshman Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap) threw five innings ofrelief for the Huskies.

The Utes and Huskies will decide the series Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCOREUtah 17, Washington 8Utah           262 000 412 -- 17 21  2Washington     300 000 122 --  8 11 1Cheyenne Rushton, Jared Snyder (7), Brady Martinez (9) and Donald Hawes. Clay Johnson, Brian Carter(2), Will Fenton (2), Jamie Hawkins (7), Brian Barton (8), Tyler Shepple (9) and Ben Johnson, Tim Rice(8). W - Rushton (2-1). L - C. Johnson (0-1). 2B - Utah, Adam Castleton 2, Brit Pannier, Hawes, UW,Taylor Johnson. HR - Utah, Matt Weese (5), Mike Westfall (1), UW, Michael Done (5), Steve Ramsey(2), Kyle Larsen (1). T - 3:13. A - 519.
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