Pilots Knock Off Washington, 7-4
May 10, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland broke a string of 13 straight losses toWashington Tuesday, coming back to beat the Huskies, 7-4, in a non-conference game atJoe Etzel Field.
The Pilots (15-32) hadn't notched a win over the Huskies since a win early in the 2002season. The win also broke a seven-game losing streak for Portland. Washington (27-18)had beaten UP in all three prior meetings this season, winning 8-1, 18-7 and 15-7. Thegame was the Huskies' first in nine days after not having played since May 1.
Portland trailed 2-0 in the fourth and 4-2 in the sixth before coming back with three in thebottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh. Pilots second baseman Andrew Wrisleyand center fielder Justin Ehlers each notched four hits in the game.
Reliever Stephen Ball (3-3) picked up the win. After entering the game to begin the third,he threw four innings, allowing four runs on four hits. Husky senior David Dowling (6-1), who earned the victory in all three previous UW-Portland games this season, took theloss, giving up five runs on seven hits over an inning and two-thirds.
Washington opened the scoring with two runs in the fourth.With Matt Hague at third andCurt Rindal at second, Nick Batkoski drove in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly.Freshman catcher Joey Dunn followed with a single through the left side of the infield,giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
Portland had a good chance to reply in the bottom of the fourth. With runners at first andthird with no outs, Nik Kosach tried to get a run with a safety squeeze bunt. However, hisbunt attempt back to the mound was fielded by Kyle Parker, who threw home in plenty oftime for Dunn to tag out Jason Krohn.
The Pilots went on to load the bases with one out, but the Huskies' third double play in asmany innings ended the threat.
Portland did, however, rally to tie the game at 2-2 with two runs in the fifth. With one outand Justin Ehlers on first, Andrew Wrisley notched his third hit of the game, doubling tothe left-field corner to drive in Ehlers. After an infield single put runners at the corners,Krohn successfully bunted to get Wrisley home from third, tying the game.
In the sixth, the Huskies took back the lead. With Kyle Larsen aboard on a single, Rindalsmashed a pitch over the scoreboard in deep left-center to put the UW back on top, 4-2.The homer was the fourth in the last four games for Rindal, named the Pac-10 Player ofthe Week after the Huskies' most recent action, a sweep at WSU.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Pilots scored three to take their first lead. With runners atfirst and second with no outs, Cory Wiltshire faked a bunt, but then drew his bat back andbounced an RBI double down the first-base line. After an out, back-to-back singles fromEhlers and Wrisley, his fourth hit of the game, drove in runs to put the Pilots in front, 5-4.
Portland added a two more in the bottom of the seventh when Ehlers reached on a bases-loaded, two-out infield single. The hit was Ehlers' fourth of the day. UW freshmanreliever than came on and, with Wrisley at bat, balked to send home the Pilots' seventhrun.
Wrisley finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs batted in while Ehlers was 4-for-4 withtwo RBI. Hague was the only Husky with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Senior shortstopBrent Lillibridge went 0-for-2 and saw his 21-game hitting streak snapped.
The Huskies return home for their next seven games. This weekend, the UW plays host toNo. 3 Oregon State in an important three-game series at Husky Ballpark. Friday's gamestarts at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is 1:00 p.m.
LINESCOREPac-10 ConferencePortland 7, Washington 4Washington 000 202 000 -- 4 7 0Portland 000 023 20X -- 7 14 0Tim Lincecum, Kyle Parker (3), David Dowling (5),Keaton Everitt (6), Brandon McKerney (7) and Joey Dunn.Given Kutz, Stephen Ball (3), Joe Jones (7), Sean Sargent(8), Josh Roberts (9) and Riley Snell. W - Ball (3-3). L -Dowling (6-1). Sv - Roberts (4). 2B - UP, Jason Krohn,Andrew Wrisley, Cory Wiltshire, Matthew Peters. HR - UW,Curt Rindal (6). T - 3:08. A - 124.