Isaacson's Grand Slam Lifts UW Past OSU, 9-5

March 11, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Greg Isaacson's grand slam broke a 5-5 tie and capped a six-run eighth inning asWashington rallied to beat Oregon State, 9-5, in a non-conference game Tuesday at GossStadium.

Isaacson, a left-handed hitting junior from Aberdeen, belted the grand slam high over theleft-field fence, going the opposite way, after the Huskies (10-6) had already scored tworuns in the inning to tie the game. It was his first homer of the season for the secondbaseman and only the second of his career.

Husky first baseman Kyle Larsen, robbed of a home run earlier in the game on a leapingcatch by Jacoby Ellsbury in center, led off the eighth with his seventh home run of theseason to slice the Beaver lead to 5-4. OSU reliever Kenny Anderson surrendered a walk toMike Wagner and a single to Taylor Johnson before Kurt Steele came on to faceAaron Hathaway.

Steele unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Wagner to score from third to tie the game andthen walked Hathaway. Steele then hit Chad Boudon with a pitch to load the bases and wasreplaced by Jared Sanders, who surrendered the grand slam to Isaacson.

Washington took a 2-0 lead in the second as Johnson and Boudon each connected for solohomers. Johnson, who homered in his final two at bats of Sunday's win over WashingtonState, stretched his string to three consecutive at bats with a homer before grounding out inthe fourth.

The Beavers (8-8), however, tied the game in the bottom of the same inning. Andy Jarviswalked and eventually came around on a Paul Richie sacrifice fly. Levi Webber singled andcame around with two outs when UW shortstop Tila Reynolds' throw to first on a TylerGraham grounder went awry.

OSU took a lead in the fourth. Jarvis reached on an infield single and, after moving tosecond on a groundout, scored when Chris Kunda dropped a two-out, bloop single tocenter that fell in and out of the glove of diving center fielder Justin Drake.

The Beavers added a fourth run in the fifth, taking advantage of another Husky throwingerror. Ellsbury tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a throwing error by freshmanthird baseman Brent Lillibridge. After UW starter Trent Baysinger was lifted in favor ofreliever David Dowling, Tony Calderon laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on anerrant throw to first from Dowling.

Dowling, however, struck out the next two Beavers and then got Richie to ground out toend the threat. In the sixth, Oregon State increased the lead to 5-2. Tyler Graham reachedon an infield single and scored when junior Kerisi Reynolds, younger brother of the Huskyshortstop, doubled to left.

OSU starter Jon Koller, a transfer from UC Irvine making his first Beaver start after eightrelief outings, allowed only four hits before being relieved with two aboard and no outs inthe seventh.

Anderson loaded the bases with no outs, but got a double play, stabbing a line drive off thebat of Isaacson and doubling off the runner at second. However, Anderson loaded thebases by hitting Nick Batkoski with a pitch and then forced in a runner by hitting TilaReynolds.

Anderson ran the count to 3-0 on the next batter, Drake, and home plate umpire MikHendrickson called the next two pitches strikes, both disputed by the Husky coaches. AfterDrake popped out to end the inning, Husky head coach Ken Knutson and third base coachTravis Jewett were both ejected arguing the call.

After seeing the Huskies hit the grand slam to take the lead in the top of the eighth, theBeavers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning with their three and fourhitters due up. Josh Conover, who came on for Dowling with the sacks full, fanned SethPietsch and got Tony Calderon to fly out to preserve the lead.

OSU also loaded the bases with none out in the ninth, but UW lefty Brian Carter,responsible for the third of those three runners, struck out Chris Kunda and Scott Nelsonand got Kerisi Reynolds to ground out to end the game and earn his third save.

Dowling, who worked three and one-third innings and struck out six, picked up his fifthrelief win of the season, improving to 5-0. Johnson finished the game with four hits andthree runs scored to lead the Husky offense. Anderson (1-1) suffered the loss.

The Huskies and Beavers close out the two-game series Wednesday with a 1:00 p.m.game. The OSU radio broadcast of the game can be heard via gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREWashington 9, Oregon State 5Washington     020 000 160 -- 9 8 4Oregon St.     020 111 000 -- 5 9 2Trent Baysinger, David Dowling (5), Josh Conover (8), Brian Carter (9) andAaron Hathaway. Jon Koller, Kenny Anderson (7), Kurt Steele (8), Jared Sanders (8) andPaul Richie. W - Dowling (5-0). L - Anderson (1-1). Sv - Carter (3). 2B - OSU, KerisiReynolds. 3B - OSU, Jacoby Ellsbury. HR - UW, Taylor Johnson (4), Chad Boudon (3),Kyle Larsen (7), Greg Isaacson (1). T - 3:39. A - 581. Records: OSU 8-8, UW 10-6.
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