UW Baseball Falls To Long Beach State, 7-2
May 31, 2003
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Top-seeded Long Beach State broke open a pitchers' duel with arun in the seventh and four in the eighth to beat Washington, 7-2, Saturday at Blair Fieldand advance to Sunday's championship game.
The loss dropped the 23rd-ranked Huskies (41-17) into the loser's bracket, where they'llhave to face Minnesota Saturday evening to stay alive. The UW-Minnesota winner willhave to beat No. 6 Long Beach State twice on Sunday to win the double-eliminationregional and advance to next weekend's Super Regional round. Minnesota scored five runsin the ninth to eliminate Pepperdine, 7-5, earlier Saturday.
Long Beach All-American starter Jered Weaver, brother of big leaguer Jeff Weaver,improved his record to 14-3 with the complete-game win. The 6-foot-6 sophomore held theUW to only five hits. Husky starter Jeff Petersen (6-6) had held the 49ers to only two runson three hits before allowing the tie-breaking run in the seventh and the first three LBSUruns of the eighth.
The Huskies broke a scoreless tie in the third. With one down, No. 9 hitter Taylor Johnsonwalked before freshman Brent Lillibridge belted his 13th homer of the season over the left-field fence, staking the UW with a 2-0 lead.
Long Beach rallied quickly, however, tying the game in the fourth with a two-run, two-outrally. With two outs and none on, Adam Heether walked and Mike Hofius singled to putrunners at first and second. Right fielder Brad Davis followed, stirring chalk on the third-base line for a double that sent both runners all the way around.
The 49ers scored the go-ahead run in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. First baseman MikeHofius walked to lead off the inning and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt fromDavis. Left fielder Josh Buhagiar followed by bouncing a grounder up the middle. Itlooked as though Husky shortstop Tila Reynolds would have a play, but the ball hit thesecond base bag, took a high hop over Reynolds' head and dribbled into center for asingle, allowing Hofius to score.
In the eighth, Long Beach put the game away with a four-run outburst. With one down,John Bowker singled and Petersen hit Troy Tulowitzki and Adam Heether with pitches toload the bases. After reliever Brian Carter came on, Hofius singled through the left side todrive in two runs. Then Davis repeated his fourth-inning double, lining another shot downthe left-field line to drive in two more, stretching the lead to 7-2.
LINESCORENCAA Long Beach Regional#1 Long Beach State 7, #3 Washington 2Long Beach St. 000 200 140 -- 7 8 0Washington 002 000 000 -- 2 5 0Jeff Petersen, Brian Carter (8) and Aaron Hathaway. JeredWeaver and Todd Jennings. W - Weaver (14-3). L - Petersen (6-6). 2B - LBSU, Brad Davis 2. HR - UW, Brent Lillibridge (13).T - 2:43. A - 2,089. Records: UW 41-16; LBSU 39-18.