Texas Tech Beats UW, 5-4, With Ninth-Inning Run
May 31, 2002
HOUSTON - The Washington baseball team rallied to tie Texas Tech at 4-4 on Tyler Davidson's eighth-inning homer, but Jon Slack singled home Bryon Smith with two outs in the bottom of theninth to lift the Red Raiders to a 5-4 win Friday at Reckling Park in the two teams' firstgame in an NCAA regional.
Slack's single came off of Husky ace Shawn Kohn (Woodinville) who threw his ninthcomplete game of the season. Kohn fell short of breaking the school record for wins. At11-5 now, he shares the mark with Jake Kringen.
Kohn, who wriggled out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the eighth, got two quick outsbefore Smith narrowly missed ending the game on a home run, doubling off the fence inleft-center. Slack, Tech's leadoff hitter, followed with a single to right for the gamewinner.
'Shawn was probably facing his last hitter,' said Husky coach Ken Knutson. 'But weknow he can throw a lot of pitches in a game. He can withstand a lot of use. He's done itall year.'
'I felt all right,' Kohn said. 'I left a pitch out over the plate and he hit it well.'
The Huskies (30-26-1) fall into the loser's bracket, where they'll face Harvard Saturdaymorning at 11:00 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. PDT). Texas Tech (42-18) will take on Rice, who beatHarvard earlier Friday. The winner of the UW-Harvard game will play Saturday nightagainst the loser of Saturday afternoon's Rice-Tech game.
The Red Raiders got the scoring started quickly in the first inning. Jon Slack led off with asingle, stole second and scored when Scooter Jordan doubled down the left-field line.Jordan moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single from catcher Willie Durazoto give Tech a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Huskies tied the score when Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) singled,moved to second on a single from Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) and scored on asingle from John Otness (Tacoma/Wilson). The Huskies went on to load the bases withtwo outs, but Johnson's line drive was snagged by third baseman Jake Brown, probablysaving two runs.
Tech cam back quickly with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Durazo singled andmoved to second on a single from Travis McElroy. After Brown singled to right, scoringDurazo, the throw from Johnson, the UW right fielder, went long, allowing to the runnersto move to second and third.
The error came into play when Austin Cranford hit a fly ball to center, allowing McElroy toscore from third base on the sacrifice fly, giving the Raiders a 4-2 lead through fourinnings.
Washington cut the Tech lead to 4-3 in the seventh, scoring a run when Greg Isaacson(Aberdeen) walked, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single byReynolds.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tech looked to add some insurance and Brown and Cranfordled off with back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third. Kohn, however, got agroundout and a strikeout out and, after walking Jordan to load the bases, induced agroundout from Gera Alvarez to end the inning with Tech hanging onto a one-run lead.
Tech brought in ace closer Steve Rowe to start the eighth inning. Rowe entered the gamewith a 1.42 ERA, a 9-2 record and eight saves, but Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale) ledoff the eighth by belting a 2-2 pitch from Rowe well out of the park to left for his 14thhomer of the season and seventh in the last 11 games, tying the game at 4-4.
Rowe picked up the win to improve to 10-2.
The Huskies' game vs. Harvard will air live in Seattle on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORENCAA Regional, Houston, TexasTexas Tech 5, Washington 4Washington 001 100 110 -- 4 10 1Texas Tech 200 200 001 -- 5 11 1Shawn Kohn and Aaron Hathaway. Steve Gooch, Matt Harbin (7), Steve Rowe (8) andWillie Durazo. W - Rowe (10-2). L - Kohn (11-5). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson; TTU,Scooter Jordan, Bryon Smith. HR - UW, Tyler Davidson (14). T - 2:45. A - 3031.