UW Falls To UC Irvine, 6-3, In Opener
Feb. 12, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine ace Chris Nicoll out-lasted Husky All-America starter TimLincecum, holding the eighth-ranked Washington baseball team to a runover his seven inning of work as the Anteaters beat the UW, 6-3, inthe first game of a doubleheader at Anteater Ballpark. The two teamswere to start game two shortly after the conclusion of the opener.
Lincecum (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits over five and two-thirdsinnings. He struck out four and walked only one, but hit a batter andthrew two wild pitches, both of which figured into the scoring.
Nicoll (2-0), who threw six shutout innings for a win last week atCalifornia, picked up his second victory in as many starts thisseason. The junior right-hander allowed one run on four hits and one walk while fanning eight in seven innings.
The Huskies cut a 4-1 Irvine lead to 4-3 with a pair of runs in thetop of the eighth. Taylor Johnson got it started with a one-out solohome run. Later, with the bases loaded, Matt Lane reached on afielder's choice to drive in another run.
However, the Anteaters stretched the lead back to 6-3 with two oftheir own in the bottom of the eighth. An errant throw on a sacrificebunt attempt allowed one to come in and UCI's third sacrifice fly ofthe game capped the scoring.
Washington got the scoring underway with a two-out rally in the first.With two down and no one on base, Nick Batkoski singled and KyleLarsen was hit by a pitch to put two runners aboard for sophomore DHCurt Rindal. Rindal followed with a single to left to send Batkoskiaround, giving the UW a 1-0 edge.
UC Irvine answered in their half of the first. Leadoff hitter GaryDudrey walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on awild pitch. Catcher Mike Wagner's sacrifice fly to deep center platedDudrey, tying the score at 1-1.
Neither team was able to score another run until the bottom of thefifth, when the Anteaters posted a run to take a 2-1 lead. DanielMiramontes singled and stole a base before coming all the way aroundfrom second on a Lincecum wild pitch.
In the sixth, the Anteaters tacked on two more to chase Lincecum fromthe game. An RBI triple from Matt Anderson and a sacrifice fly fromR.J. Brown increased the UCI lead to 4-1.
Batkoski led the Husky hitters, going 3-for-4 with a double.
The series wraps up Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORENon-Conference DoubleheaderGame 1 -- UC Irvine 6, Washington 3Washington 100 000 020 -- 3 7 1UC Irvine 100 012 02x -- 6 8 0Tim Lincecum, David Dowling (6), Josh Conover (8) and Matt Lane. Chris Nicoll, Steve Schroer (8), Blair Erickson (8) and Mark Wagner. W -Nicoll (2-0). L - Lincecum (0-1). Sv - Erickson (1). 2B - UW, NickBatkoski. 3B - UCI, Matt Anderson. HR - UW, Taylor Johnson (1). T - 2:38.
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