Wagner's Hit In Ninth Lifts UW Past UCLA, 5-4

May 4, 2002

SEATTLE - Sophomore Mike Wagner's single that dropped just in front of diving UCLA rightfielder Matt Thayer sent home the winning run with one out in the bottom of theninth inning as the Washington baseball team evened the weekend series with theBruins at one win apiece, winning 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies took back solo possession of second place in the Pac-10, improvingto 9-5 in conference play and 21-20-1 overall. The Bruins fell to 21-27 on theyear and 6-8 in the league. Freshman Will Fenton (Kingston/ North Kitsap) earnedthe victory in relief to improve to 2-2. Bruins reliever Chris Cordiero (1-6)suffered the loss.

The teams traded runs through much of the game. The Bruins took the lead in thefirst when freshman pitcher Wes Whisler, batting for himself, doubled and scoredon a single from catcher Josh Arhart. Washington tied the score in the secondwhen a sacrifice fly from Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) plated DH John Otness(Tacoma/Wilson) who had reached on an error.

Washington went ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/ColumbiaRiver) singled and eventually came around on a single from Otness, but theBruins tied it at 2-2 in the sixth when Whisler belted a solo homer, his 10th ofthe year.

In the bottom of the sixth, freshman first baseman Kyle Larsen(Redmond/Eastlake) led off with a double, moved to third on a Reynolds bunt andscored when Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

In the eighth, Whisler helped his cause once again, belting his second double ofthe game off of UW reliever Brian Carter (Woodinville) to drive in RyanRasmussen, who had walked to start the inning.

The Huskies went ahead in the eighth when Isaacson's double fell just in frontof diving UCLA center fielder Rashad Parker, allowing Larsen to score fromsecond base. But, once again, the Bruins were equal to the challenge in the topof the ninth, when pinch hitter Adam Berry belted his league-leading 16th homerof the year to lead off the inning and knot the score at 4-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Washington put runners at first and third whenJay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) walked and moved to third on Otness' bloopsingle to right field. After reliever Doug Silva was brought in to face Wagner,who dropped a bloop single down the right field line that fell just in front ofa diving Thayer.

Sean White (Mercer Island) allowed only five runs over seven and one-thirdinnings in the start for the Huskies, but didn't get a decision. Whisler threwseven innings for UCLA, allowing four runs, but also didn't figure in thedecision.

The Huskies and Bruins play the final game of the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Thegame will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference BaseballWashington 5, UCLA 4UCLA           100 001 011 -- 4  7 1Washington     010 011 011 -- 5 12 0Wes Whisler, Chris Cordiero (8), Doug Silva (9) and Josh Arhart. Sean White,Brian Carter (8), Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Fenton (2-2). L -Cordiero (1-6). 2B - UCLA, Whisler 2; UW, Kyle Larsen, Greg Isaacson. HR - UCLA,Whisler (10), Adam Berry (16). T - 2:52. A - 411.
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