Johnson Homer Lifts Purple To Fall Series Win

Oct. 8, 2004

SEATTLE - Senior right fielder Taylor Johnson belted a two-out, two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to bring the UW Baseball Fall World Series to a close with a 2-0 win for the Purple Team.

The win gave the Purple team, which had trailed three games to one, a 4-3 win in the annual intrasquad series that marks the end of the fall practice season.

The game remained deadlocked and scoreless until the 11th. Freshman Matt Stevens reached on a catcher's interference call and after an out, Johnson belted his home run to right field to win the game.

Gold starter Kyle Parker was nearly unhittable, allowing only a single and two walks over seven innings of work while striking out 12. Senior reliever Josh Conover was nearly as effective in relief before surrendering the homer.

Purple starter Matt Kasser allowed only one hit and no runs over five innings. Freshmen Nick Hagadone and Matt Hague, who got the win, threw the final six innings, both managing to hold the Gold Team scoreless.

Johnson led the Purple hitters with two hits while Nick Burnham and Kyle Larsen each had two hits for the Gold.

The team will now take the rest of the fall off before reconvening for preseason practice in January. The Huskies open the 2005 season Feb. 11 at UC Irvine.

UW Baseball Fall World SeriesGame SevenThu., Oct. 7

Purple 2, Gold 0, 11 inningsPurple Wins Series, 4-3

Gold Team AB R H BIBurnham, cf 5 0 2 0Burgher, rf 4 0 0 0Larsen, 1b 5 0 2 0Clem, lf 4 0 1 0Batkoski, 3b 3 0 1 0Showers, 2b 4 0 0 0Neyens, c 5 0 0 0K Lillibridge, ss 3 0 1 0Anderson, dh 2 0 0 0Totals 35 0 7 0

Purple Team AB R H BIB Lillibridge, ss 4 0 0 0Johnson, rf 4 1 2 2Rindal, 1b 4 0 0 0Lane, c 4 0 1 0A Lentz, dh 3 0 0 0Davis, 1b 3 0 0 0 Patchett, 1b 1 0 0 0Rundle, 2b 4 0 0 0Hague, lf 3 0 0 0Stevens, cf 3 1 1 0Totals 33 2 4 2

2B - Larsen. Hr - Johnson. SB - Clem,B. Lillibridge, Stevens, Burnham,Larsen. SH - Anderson 2, A. Lentz.

Gold Team IP H R ER BB SOParker 7.0 1 0 0 2 12Conover, L 3.2 3 2 0 0 2

Purple Team IP H R ER BB SOKasser 5.0 1 0 0 7 6Hagadone 2.0 3 0 0 0 3Hague, W 4.0 3 0 0 2 0

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