Lane Blasts Huskies To 16-8 Win At Arizona

March 26, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz. - Catcher Matt Lane hit two home runs, a grand slam and a three-runshot, and drove in seven as the Washington baseball team salvaged a series split againstNo. 13 Arizona with a 16-8 win Saturday at Kindall Field.

Designated hitter Matt Hague, a reliever making his first start in the batting order, also hittwo home runs, his first two college hits. The freshman from Kent finished 2-for-5 withtwo homers and five runs batted in.

Lane, a sophomore from Port Angeles, didn't start the game, but reported as a pinch hitterin the third inning, when he launched a grand slam to left-center field that gaveWashington (14-10 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10) a 6-1 lead at the time.

Arizona had closed the gap to 8-6 when Lane launched a three-run blast in the sixthinning.

UW junior reliever Keaton Everitt (1-0) worked the final five and two-thirds innings,allowing two runs on six hits for the win. Starter Matt Kasser lasted only three and one-third innings, allowing six runs on nine hits on a windy day in the desert.

Arizona freshman starter David Coulon (2-1) suffered the loss for the Wildcats (18-10, 2-1 in Pac-10 play). Coulon, one of five pitchers for the U of A, allowed four runs on onlytwo hits over two innings, but he walked four and hit three batters.

Washington fell behind 1-0 after the Wildcats scored a run in the second, but the UWstormed back with seven in the third. The Huskies tied the game on a bases-loaded singlefrom freshman Matt Stevens. Hague followed with a bases-loaded walk to put the UW infront before Lane belted his grand slam, pinch hitting for freshman catcher Joey Dunn.

Arizona scored two in the third and four in the fourth to cut the lead to 7-6. After theHuskies added on in the fifth, Lane's three-run shot in the sixth accounted for the firstthree tallies in a four-run inning.

Hague, who has appeared in relief in nine games but had only one prior plate appearance,connected for a three-run homer in the seventh and then hit a solo shot in the ninth toclose out the Huskies' scoring. Second baseman Mike Rundle added three hits for theUW.

The Huskies return to Seattle for their next seven games. Monday and Tuesday, the UWplays host to Utah Valley State. Monday's doubleheader starts at 3:00 p.m. and a singlegame on Tuesday begins at 1:00 p.m. Next Friday through Sunday, USC comes to HuskyBallpark for a three-game Pac-10 series.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 16, #13 Arizona 8Washington     007 014 301 -- 16 15 0Arizona        012 301 010 --  8 15 3Matt Kasser, Keaton Everitt (4) and Joey Dunn, Matt Lane(3). David Coulon, Sean Rierson (3), Mike Koons (6), MikeBaugh (7), Jason Seefeld (9) and Nick Hundley. W - Everitt(1-0). L - Coulon (2-1). 2B - UW, Mike Rundle,Nick Batkoski, Kyle Larsen; UA, Hundley 2, Jordan Brown. 3B- UW, Taylor Johnson; UA, Brown. HR - UW, Lane 2 (3),Matt Hague 2 (2). T - 3:47. A - 702.
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