Batkoski, Lillibridge Homer In 9th To Beat ASU, 5-3
May 21, 2005
SEATTLE - Nick Batkoski hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game andBrent Lillibridge belted a two-run shot later in the inning to win it as the Washington baseballteam overcame a 3-0 deficit in the final inning to beat No. 17 Arizona State, 5-3, Saturday atHusky Ballpark.
Batkoski, who homered in the ninth last Sunday to forge a 1-1 tie against Oregon State, beltedhis fifth homer of the year off the top of the center field fence with two on and no outs in theninth, knotting the score at 3-3. After two outs and a walk, ASU reliever Brett Bordes entered thegame to face Lillibridge, who blasted his eighth of the year to left-center field to giveWashington (30-21 overall, 9-11 in the Pac-10) the win.
Arizona State (30-22 overall, 11-9 Pac-10) got six and one-third shutout innings from starterJason Urquidez. He allowed three hits and walked four while striking out three. Zechry Zinicola(3-3), who started the game at first base and went 2-for-4 at the plate, retired the first five battershe faced before allowing the first three Huskies in the ninth to reach base.
UW senior starter David Dowling allowed three runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work,walking four and striking out five. Brandon McKerney threw two no-hit innings of relief to pickup the win, improving to 4-0 on the season.
Arizona State scored the game's first run in the third inning. J.J. Sferra reached on a one-out buntsingle. After a sacrifice moved him up, third baseman Travis Buck singled to drive in Sferra.
In the seventh, with two aboard and one out, Buck grounded out to drive home Andrew Romine.Sferra, who had reached on another bunt single, scored on a single from Colin Curtis.
Buck, a Richland, Wash., product, finished the game2-for-4 with two RBI to lead ASU. Curtis,from Issaquah, was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
In the Huskies' ninth, Matt Hague and Kyle Larsen singled off of Zinicola to set the table forBatkoski's homer. After two outs, Zinicola walked Taylor Johnson before being replaced on themound by Bordes.
The series concludes with 1:00 p.m. game Sunday. Live audio and stats will be available atgohuskies.com.
LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 5, #17 Arizona State 3Arizona St. 001 000 200 -- 3 7 1Washington 000 000 005 -- 5 7 0Jason Urquidez, Zechry Zinicola (7), Brett Bordes (9) and TuffyGosewisch. David Dowling, Brandon McKerney (8) and Joey Dunn. W- McKerney (4-0). L - Zinicola (3-3). HR - UW, Nick Batkoski(5), Brent Lillibridge (8). T - 3:01. A - 671.