Huskies Split Two Games With San Diego

Feb. 28, 2005

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 19 Washington baseball team split a pair of low-scoring gameswith the University of San Diego to close out the Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic. The UW wonthe first game, 4-1, behind a complete-game three-hitter from senior David Dowling. In the second,USD scored three runs with two out in the sixth to claim a 3-0 win, the Toreros' fourth shutout win infive tournament games.

The HUskies fell to 4-7 with the loss while San Diego improved to 12-8-1. USD gave up only four runsin five games, shutting out Evansville twice and the Huskies and Texas A&M once each.

Dowling (1-0), a lefty from Juanita High, threw his first career complete game in the opener, allowing arun on three hits while walking only one and striking out seven. It was the second straight completegame by a Husky pitcher.

USD entered game one not having allowed a single run in three previous games in the tournament.Senior Sean Warlop (0-1) took the loss in the opener, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings.

In game one, the Huskies took a lead with a pair of two-out runs in the second. Singles fromNick Batkoski and Nick Burnham drove in the two runs.

Dowling, in the meantime, had retired 14 batters in a row before giving up a two-out single to KeoniRuth in the sixth. Steve Singleton followed with a double to score the Toreros' lone run in the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, Warlop walked Taylor Johnson to start the inning. He was replaced by leftyreliever Nicolas Cranmer, whose second pitch to Husky junior Brent Lillibridge was belted to left for atwo-run homer, Lillibridge's first of the year.

Washington got an early break in game two. With runners at first and third with no outs, USC's JustinSnyder flied a ball deep to left for a would-be sacrifice fly. However, Gavin Ng, the runner at third wasdoubled up when the umpires decided Ng left third too early.

The UW never managed to get a runner to third base in game two while the Toreros had several chancesto score before finally breaking the tie with two down in the sixth. With no one on and two outs, UWfreshman Matt Hague gave up a double to Randy Curtis. After two walks (one of them intentional)loaded the bases, senior Josh Conover came on in relief of Hague.

Conover's first pitch to freshman pinch hitter Logan Gelbrich was flaired down the right-field line,dropping just fair to drive home all three runners.

USD reliever Matt Falk (1-0) worked the final one and one-third for the win. Freshman starter MatthewCouch held the UW scoreless in his five and two-thirds, but left with the score still tied at 0-0. Huskyjunior Keaton Everitt threw four shutout innings in the start, but Hague (0-1) suffered the loss.

Washington opens the home schedule and begins a stretch of seven straight home games Wednesdaynight as St. Martin's visits Husky Ballpark for a 6:30 p.m. game. Friday through Sunday, UC SantaBarbara travels to Seattle for a three-game series against the Huskies. Live audio and stats for all gameswill be available at

LINESCORESDominos Pizza Aggie Baseball ClassicDoubleheader, Game One#19 Washington 4, San Diego 1San Diego      000 001 0 -- 1 3 0Washington     020 002 x -- 4 6 0Sean Warlop, Nicolas Cranmer (6) and Logan Gelbrich. David Dowling andMatt Lane. W - Dowling (1-0). L - Warlop (0-1). 2B - USD, RandyCurtis, Steve Singleton; UW, Kyle Larsen. HR - UW, Brent Lillibridge. T - 1:47.

Doubleheader, Game TwoSan Diego 3, #19 Washington 0Washington 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1San Diego 000 003 x -- 3 5 0Keaton Everitt, Matt Hague (5), Josh Conover (6) and Joey Dunn.Matthew Couch, Matt Falk (6) and Jordan Abruzzo. W - Falk (1-0). L -Hague (0-1). 2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge, Curt Rindal; USD, Abruzzo,Randy Curtis, Logan Gelbrich. T - 2:03. A - 274.

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