Johnson Throws Complete Game As Baseball Wins
April 9, 2002
SEATTLE - Sophomore Clay Johnson threw his first career complete game as the Washingtonbaseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 6-4 winover UC Irvine in the first of two non-conference games vs. the Anteaters.
Johnson, a righty from Elma, Wash., worked the full nine innings, allowing fourruns on nine hits and no walks as the Huskies' record improved to 13-15-1.Irvine starter Glenn Swanson, who has notched victories over Pac-10 opponentsUSC and UCLA this season, suffered the loss to fall to 6-3. Swanson allowed sixruns, though only two were earned, over three innings of work as UCI fell to 21-17.
The Anteaters opened the scoring in the game in the second inning. Chris Klemmdoubled to lead off the inning and an infield single off the bat of SteveGuthrie put runners at first and second. After the two runners stole second andthird base, a hard ground ball by second baseman Elliot Salcedo took a bad hopto get by UW third baseman Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) for a two-run singleand UCI led 2-0.
The Huskies came back quickly with two runs in the bottom of the second.Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/ Meadowdale) led off with a single and advanced to thirdon a bobble and a bad throw by the UCI center and left fielders. Bryan Johnson(Ephrata) doubled to drive in Davidson and eventually scored when Greg Isaacson(Aberdeen) reached on a bunt single, knotting the score at 2-2.
After Irvine took the lead back with a single run in the top of the third, theHuskies took advantage of a pair of errors by third baseman Guthrie to scorefour unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. done reached on an error byGuthrie, and after two singles loaded the bases, Mike Wagner (Woodinville)grounded a chopper to Guthrie, who couldn't field it cleanly, allowing a run toscore.
Sophomore DH John Otness (Tacoma/Wilson) doubled down the third-base line tosend home two more and a fourth run scored on a sacrifice fly by catcherAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River), giving the UW a 6-3 lead.
UCI catcher Chris Miller belted a solo homer to lead off the eighth inning,drawing the Anteaters to within two runs at 6-4. Guthried finished with threehits for Irvine. Washington was led by three hits from Davidson and two eachfrom Garthwaite, Otness and Isaacson.
Shortstop Tila Reynolds (Renton/Issaquah), who had hit in 27 of 28 games thisseason entering Tuesday evening, saw his hitting streak snapped at 14 games.Reynolds was hit by a pitch in his final at bat in the ninth and slipped in thebatters' box on what seemed to be a sure bunt single in the sixth.
The Huskies and Anteaters conclude the two-game series Wednesday with a 2:00p.m. game.
LINESCOREWashington 6, UC Irvine 4UC Irvine 021 000 010 -- 4 9 5Washington 024 000 00x -- 6 12 0Glenn Swanson, Paul French (4) and Chris Miller. Clay Johnson andAaron Hathaway. W - Johnson (1-1). L - Swanson (6-3). 2B - UCI, Chris Klemm,Matt Anderson, UW, Bryan Johnson, John Otness. HR - UCI, Miller (7). T - 2:42. A- 242.