UW Baseball Falls At UCLA, 5-4
May 9, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Starter Casey Janssen held Washington to only two runs and struck out 11 to leadthe UCLA baseball team to a 5-4 win over the Huskies Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium inthe first game of a three-game Pac-10 series.
The Huskies had their chance to come back late. Down three runs entering the final inning, UWcatcher Aaron Hathaway blooped a two-out two run single in the ninth to close the UCLA lead toone run, but with two on, Kyle Larsen flied out to end it.
The win drew the Bruins even with the UW in the Pac-10 standings. UCLA improved to 24-26overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10 while Washington fell to 33-15 and 8-8 in conference. The Bruinsand Huskies, along with
Janssen, a sophomore righty, worked seven innings for the win, improving to 5-5 on the season.He held the UW to five hits and walked only one. UW senior Sean White had two streaks brokenin the loss. He'd won six straight decisions this season and his last eight decisions against Pac-10opposition, dating back to 2001. White worked only two and one-thirds innings, allowing threeruns on five hits and two walks.
UCLA reliever Doug Silva, who worked the eighth and ninth innings, allowing the two runs in thefinal frame, earned his second save.
Washington got on the board in the first inning when Greg Isaacson belted a one-out solo homer todead center field, his seventh home run of the season. UCLA, however, tied the game at 1-1 in thebottom of the first on an RBI single from first baseman Wes Whisler. It could have been worse asthe Bruins' first four batters all reached base. Two of those runners, however, were picked off.
In the second, the UW went back in front, 2-1, taking advantage of a pair of Bruin errors.Tila Reynolds led off by chopping a ball to third baseman Brandon Averill, whose throw to firstwas wild, allowing Reynolds to reach second. After a wild pitch moved the runner to third,Mike Wagner rolled a hard grounder that was misplayed by shortstop Ryan McCarthy, allowingReynolds to cross the plate.
UCLA took its first lead in the third. After loading the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single,White got Whisler to pop up for the first out, but was lifted for reliever David Dowling. Dowlinggot a grounder and a force at the plate for the second out and was a strike away from getting out ofthe jam before Warren Trott laced a 2-2 pitch into left for a two-run double, giving UCLA a 3-2lead.
Washington nearly got out of, bases-loaded jam in the sixth. With the sacks full and one down,Dowling snagged a hard grounder back to the mound off the bat of Billy Susdorf. However,Dowling's throw to second to try and start a double play was errant and two Bruins came home toextend their team's lead to 5-2. After a walk loaded the bases once more, Husky freshman relieverMatt Kasser came on to record the last two outs without another runner scoring.
Isaacson finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run and Hathaway was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.Susdorf had three hits to lead the Bruins.
The Huskies and Bruins go at it again Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KKNWAM-1150.
LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceUCLA 5, Washington 4Washington 110 000 002 -- 4 8 1UCLA 102 002 00x -- 5 9 3Sean White, David Dowling (3), Matt Kasser (6) and Aaron Hathaway.Casey Janssen, Doug Silva (8) and Warren Trott. W - Janssen (5-5).L - White (6-4). Sv - Silva (2). 2B - UCLA, Trott. HR - UW,Greg Isaacson (7). T - 3:21. A - 474. Records: UW 33-15, 8-8 Pac-10; UCLA 24-26, 8-8 Pac-10.