Huskies Fall To Evansville, 5-4
Feb. 27, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Evansville fought back from a 4-2 deficit to win, 5-4, as the No. 19Washington baseball team was unable to manage a hit over the final five innings Sunday in the twoteams' second game at the Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic.
The loss dropped the Huskies' record to 2-6 on the season while Evansville improved to 8-1.
Evansville senior lefty Michael Greenhouse (3-0) picked up the win with a five-inning outing. Aftergiving up four runs in the second, he retired the final 11 UW batters he faced. Reliever Mark Murrayearned his fifth save of the year, facing the minimum over the last two innings of the seven-inning game.
In the first, Evansville got it started with a walk to Kern Watts and a single from Eric Jones to put tworunners aboard with no outs. A groundout and a foul pop left runners at second and third with two downand the UW looked to be out of the jam when Jeff Fontaine flied a ball to left. However, UW left fielderZach Clem misjudged the ball and it dropped, allowing both runners to come home.
The Huskies loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter to open the second inning. ShortstopBrent Lillibridge, dropped from first to seventh in the batting order after struggling at the plate, tookadvantage, drilling a double to the left-center gap, scoring all three runs. Freshman catcher Joey Dunnfollowed with a single to send home Lillibridge, giving the UW a 4-2 lead.
The Purple Aces answered with a run in the third as Jones scored on a single from first baseman Erik Lis.
While the Huskies were retired in order in third, fourth and fifth innings, Evansville mounted acomeback in the sixth. With two on base and one out, Josh Conover came on in relief of starterMatt Kasser. Conover's first pitch to Robbie Minor was hit up the middle, driving in a run to tie thescore at 4-4.
The next hitter, Joe Tautges, followed with a ground ball to first. With Fontaine coming from third,Kyle Larsen's throw home looked to be in time. Fontaine, however, was ruled safe at the plate, givingthe Aces a 5-4 and resulting in heated argument from UW coach Ken Knutson. Knutson wassubsequently ejected later in the sixth, arguing another tag play on a stolen base at second.
In the seventh, Larsen walked to lead off, but the game ended when Lillibridge grounded into a double play.
Kasser (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits over five and one-third.
The Huskies take on No. 11 Texas A&M Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. CST (6:00 p.m. PST) and thenplay a doubleheader against San Diego Monday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST (8:00 a.m. PST).
LINESCOREDominos Pizza Aggie Baseball ClassicEvansville 5, #19 Washington 4Evansville 201 002 0 -- 5 6 0Washington 040 000 0 -- 4 5 3Michael Greenhouse, Mark Murray (6) and Dustin Knight. Matt Kasser,Josh Conover (6) and Joey Dunn. W - Greenhouse (3-0). L - Kasser (1-2). Sv - Hunter (5). 2B - UW ,Brent Lillibridge. T - 2:01. A - 379.