White Pitches Huskies Past Harvard, 4-2
June 1, 2002
HOUSTON - The Washington baseball team staved off elimination from its NCAA Regional with a 4-2win over Harvard Saturday at Reckling Park. The Crimson were eliminated from thepostseason while the Huskies will take on the loser of this afternoon's winners' bracketgame between Rice and Texas Tech.
Husky junior Sean White (Mercer Island) picked up his sixth straight victory to improve to7-2 on the season. White threw his first career complete game, using only 101 pitches to gothe distance. He allowed the two runs on seven hits while striking out six.
'Sean has pitched great the last two months,' said Husky coach Ken Knutson. 'He's a bigreason that we're here.'
White out-dueled Harvard ace Ben Crockett (6-4), a projected early pick in next week'sdraft. Crockett took the loss despite breaking the Crimson record for single-seasonstrikeouts. He fanned nine Huskies over his nine innings to run his season total to 117strikeouts on the season, breaking Ray Peters' 1968 mark of 115.
The Crimson (20-26), champions of the Ivy League, opened the scoring in the third inning.Bryan Hale, a graduate of Seattle's Lakeside High, laced a one-out triple down the right-field line and scored when leadoff hitter Ian Wallace singled through the Huskies' drawn-ininfield, staking Harvard with a 1-0 lead.
Washington (31-26-1) came back in the fourth inning with a two-out, five-hit rally, scoringall four of its runs in the game. Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) started the rally witha double down the left-field line. He scored when DH John Otness (Tacoma/Wilson)blasted a double to the track in left-center.
Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River) singled to right to send home Otness withthe UW's second run before Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) belted a triple to right, drivinghome Hathaway. Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview) reached on a bunt single to sendin Hatahway and the Huskies led 4-1.
Harvard designated hitter Trey Hendricks, a Houston native playing in his home town, ledoff the bottom of the fourth with a home run to right, his team-leading sixth of the year.
Garthwaite led the Huskies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. Otness went 2-for-4with a pair of doubles and Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) also added two hits.
The Huskies take on the loser of the Texas Tech-Rice game tonight at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Thewinner of that game will play the winner of the Texas Tech-Rice game tomorrow in thechampionship round, needing to win two games to advance to the Super Regional.
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