Huskies Take Santa Clara Series With 3-2 Win

Feb. 21, 2005

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Two RBIs by senior Taylor Johnson and a stellar outingfrom junior righty Matt Kasser led the 19th-ranked Washington baseball team toits second-straight victory Monday, a 3-2 win over Santa Clara at Buck ShawStadium. The two teams split a doubleheader Sunday after seeing scheduled gamesFriday and Saturday washed out by steady rain.

The third game of the series proved to be the best pitcher's duel of the set asKasser and Broncos starter Anthony Rea both posted solid performances. Bothpitchers allowed just five hits in seven-plus innings of work, with Kasserworking seven full innings to improve to 1-1, and Rea falling to 1-1 afterleaving with two outs in the eighth.

Solo home runs would account for each team's first runs of the contest. SeniorJohnson opened the scoring with a long ball in the first inning to stakeWashington to an early 1-0 lead, before Santa Clara's Dustin Realini evened thescore in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot of his own.

The Huskies responded quickly, however, with catcher Matt Lane singling to leadoff the fifth, before scoring on an RBI single by outfielder Nick Burnham togive Washington a 2-1 advantage.

That's where the scoring held until the top of the eighth, when Johnson singledhome Burnham for his second RBI of the game, driving Rea from the mound.Broncos' reliever Thomas Van Buskirk, however, limited the damage to just theone run, allowing Santa Clara to attempt a two-out comeback in the bottom of theninth.

Realini doubled down the right field line to keep SCU's hopes alive, before twobalks from Husky reliever David Dowling brought Realini across home plate andcut the Husky lead to one run. Broncos catcher Kris Watts then walked, puttingthe tying run on base, but senior reliever Josh Conover induced a fly ball outto end the game.

Conover earned his first save of the season, while Washington won itssecond-straight contest, after opening the season with four consecutive losses.

Washington continues its season-opening road swing in College Station, Texas,this weekend, with a three-game tournament. The Huskies open the tournamentagainst host Texas A&M on Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific.

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