UW Edges UVSC, 6-5, On Single From Lane

March 29, 2005

SEATTLE - After having surrendered a 4-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning, theWashington baseball team scored one in the eighth to tie the score at 5-5 and then got anRBI single from Matt Lane in the ninth to complete a three-game sweep of Utah ValleyState with an 6-5 win Tuesday afternoon at Husky Ballpark,

The Wolverines, down 4-1, rallied in the eighth off of Husky freshman relieverMatt Hague. After a pair of infield singles put two aboard, Trent Perry singled throughthe left side to drive in UVSC's second run of the game. Designated hitter Dan Bulowfollowed with his seventh home run of the season, over the wall in center field, to givethe visitors a 5-4 lead.

Washington tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Taylor Johnson singledand eventually scored on a groundout from Zach Clem.

In the ninth, UW senior third baseman Nick Batkoski led off with a double to left field.With Michael Burgher in to run for Batkoski at second, the Wolverines brought in left-handed reliever Zach Coon to pitch to Lane, who singled down the right-field line to givethe Huskies the win.

Hague (1-2) got the win while reliever Kyle Tash (1-5), who gave up Batkoski's double,took the loss.

The victory improved the Huskies' record to 17-10 and kept them a perfect 10-0 in homegames this season. UVSC, a second-year Division I program, fell to 9-21.

The Huskies scored a run in the first when Batkoski walked with the bases loaded. In thesecond, they added two more on a two-run double from Johnson to move in front by a 3-0score.

UW starting pitcher Emmanuel Pedroza, a walk-on junior making his first careerappearance, held the Wolverines hitless through the first three and one-third innings.However, a single from Canyon Vance, a double from Perry and a walk to Bulow loadedthe bases with one out in the fourth. Pedroza then forced in a run when he walked BradHales before being relieved by senior Josh Conover.

Conover,who got a popout and a strikeout to end the threat in the fourth, went on tothrow three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. Pedroza, a lefty from Mabton,Wash., finished having allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking outfour over three for one-third innings.

Husky freshman Andy Lentz, who went 3-for-4, hit a one-out solo home run in the sixth,the first of his college career, to increase the Washington lead to 4-1.

The Huskies play their first home Pac-10 series of the season this weekend vs. USC.Friday's 6:30 p.m. game will air live on KKNW AM-1150. Saturday's game won't be onradio, but live audio will be available at gohuskies.com and Fox Sports will air the gamelive as well. Sunday's 1:00 p.m. finale is available on the internet only.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 6, Utah Valley State 5Utah Valley    000 100 040 -- 5  9 2Washington     120 001 011 -- 6 12 0Jed Jensen, Kyle Tash (8), Zach Coon (9) and Cory Newton.Emmanuel Pedroza, Josh Conover (4), Matt Hague (8) andMatt Lane. W - Hague (1-2). L - Tash (1-5). 2B - UVSC,Trent Perry, Kory Drew; UW, Andy Lentz, Taylor Johnson,Kyle Larsen 2, Nick Batkoski. HR - UVSC, Dan Bulow (7); UW,Lentz (1). T - 2:41. A - 165.
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