Wagner Homer In 13th Lifts Huskies Over WSU

May 2, 2003

Junior Mike Wagner belted a one-out solo homer in the 13th inning as the Washington baseballteam , which surrendered a early six-run lead and a one-run lead in the eighth, held on to beatWashington State, 9-8, in the first game of a three-game, Pac-10 series Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The Huskies led the game 6-0 after three and a half innings and were ahead 8-7 in the eighth beforeCougar pinch hitter Robert Stahlke doubled in a run that would eventually force extra innings.

Wagner belted his 10th homer of the season over the center field fence off of WSU reliever GarrettAlwert (1-4), who had held the Huskies to only one hit in his previous four and two-thirds inningsof work. Husky reliever Trent Baysinger, from nearby Moscow, Idaho, threw the 12th and 13thinnings to pick up the win for Washington, improving to 2-1 on the year.

UW senior Tila Reynolds, the Huskies' fourth-year starting shortstop, went 3-for-6, hit his firsthomer of the year and drove in three runs in the game. Freshman Brent Lillibridge, who raised hisseason average to .414, went 3-for-7 with two doubles and a two-out RBI single that broke a 7-7tie in the seventh.

The Huskies improved to 30-13 on the season and 7-6 in Pac-10 play. Washington State, whichhas dropped 17 of the last 19 head-to-head vs. the UW, fell to 14-30 and 4-12 in conference.

Washington drew first blood with a run in the first inning. Reynolds singled and moved around tothird on a wild pitch and a passed ball before scoring on an Aaron Hathaway single.

However, the Huskies, who posted six hits over the first three innings, had only one run to showfor their efforts before breaking through for a five-run fourth. Chad Boudon reached on an errorand the UW loaded the bases on a single from Kyle Larsen and a walk to Greg Isaacson. After aTaylor Johnson sacrifice fly plated Boudon, Lillibridge belted his second double of the game todrove in another run.

Reynolds followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run shot over the wall in left, andthe Huskies led, 6-0, after three and a half innings.

The Cougars responded quickly, drawing back to within two runs with four in the bottom of thefourth. Jay Miller started it with his second double of the game. Miller scored on a double fromJonathan Fender and scored on a single from catcher Jon Baeder. After a walk loaded the bases,Jeremy Farrar singled up the middle to drive in two more, cutting the UW lead to 6-4.

In the fifth, Boudon led off with a triple and scored on a Larsen sacrifice fly to increase the Huskyedge to 7-4. Once again, the Cougs responded in the bottom of the inning, tying the game withthree runs. After Miller led off with a single, DH Grant Richardson powered a long homer to left,his ninth of the year. Derek Bruce singled and after moving to second on a hit-and-run groundout,scored on a Steve Mortimer single, tying the game at three apiece.

In the seventh, the Huskies went back on top with one run. With two out and none on, WSUstarter Tony Banaszak gave up a single to Isaacson, but was evidently injured on the pitch and leftthe game. After reliever Brett Beetham walked Taylor Johnson, Lillibridge singled through theright side, sending home Isaacson with the go-ahead run.

The Cougars tied the game in the eighth. Fender was hit by a pitch from UW reliever Brian Carterand moved to second on a balk. After a sacrifice bunt, Husky closer Will Fenton came on to facepinch hitter Stahlke, who doubled to the gap in left to drive in the tying run.

The Huskies and Cougars continue the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will airlive on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREWashington 9, Washington State 8, 13 InningsWashington           100 510 100 000 1 -- 9 16 1Washington State     000 430 010 000 0 -- 8 13 1Sean White, Brian Carter (7), Will Fenton (8), Trent Baysinger(12) and Aaron Hathaway. Tony Banaszak, Brett Beetham (7), GarrettAlwert (8) and Jon Baeder, Brandon Reddinger (9). W - Baysinger(2-1). L - Alwert (1-4).2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge 2, Hathaway;WSU, Jay Miller 2, Jonathan Fender, Robert Stahlke. 3B - UW,Chad Boudon. HR - UW, Tila Reynolds (1), Mike Wagner (10); WSU,Grant Richardson (9). T - 3:59. A - 907. Records: UW 30-13, 7-6Pac-10; WSU 14-30, 4-12 Pac-10.
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