Huskies Beat UCLA, 6-5, In Controversial Fashion

May 28, 2005

LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team pulled out a 6-5 win over UCLASaturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium, thanks to a reversed call by the umpiring crew thatallowed the go-ahead run to score in the ninth.

In the ninth inning, with the score tied at 5-5, Mike Rundle at third and two outs,Matt Hague bounced a ball down the third-base line. Third baseman Brett McMillan'slong throw to first evidently drew first baseman Matt Sharp's foot off the bag. However,first base umpire Terry Mann called Hague out, seemingly ending the inning.

But, after Husky coach Ken Knutson argued the call, Mann's call was reversed by homeplate umpire Kevin Daugherty, meaning that Hague was safe and that Rundle had scoredthe go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Bruins (15-40 overall, 4-19 in the Pac-10) had runners atthe corners with two outs before Matt Kasser came on to strike out Chris Denove to endthe game.

Reliever Josh Conover (1-2) picked up the win while Kasser earned his first save of theyear. Starter David Dowling worked seven-plus innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits,but didn't figure in the decision.

The win kept the Huskies' chances of finishing .500 in conference play alive as theyimproved their record to 32-22 overall and 11-12 in the Pac-10 with only one game left inthe season. If the UW wins Sunday, they'd still have a shot at making the NCAAtournament field, which will be announced Monday on ESPN at 8:30 a.m.

UCLA, which was shut out 6-0 on two hits Friday night, took the early lead Saturday.With two down in the first, Chris Jensen singled and scored on a triple from Denove,staking the Bruins to a 1-0 lead.

In the third, the Huskies' loaded the bases with one out on three singles. A sacrifice flyfrom Brent Lillibridge scored Kyle Larsen from third to tie the game at 1-1.

In the fourth, the UW took its first lead when sophomore designated hitter Curt Rindalbelted a two-out solo homer, his seventh of the season, to put the visitors on top, 2-1. Inthe fifth, a sacrifice fly from Hague increased the Husky edge to 3-1.

UCLA drew back to within a run in the sixth. After Jensen doubled and moved to third ona bunt, Brett McMillan drove him in with a groundout, cutting the UW lead to 3-2.

Hague added to the Husky lead in the seventh, belting a two-run double to the right-center gap.

Hague, a freshman from Kentwood High, finished the game 2-for-4 with four runs battedin. Rundle and Joey Dunn each added two hits for the UW.

Jensen and Eric Taylor each contributed three hits for the Bruins.

Sunday's regular-season finale gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Live stats and audio for thegame will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 6, UCLA 5Washington     001 110 201 -- 6 10 0UCLA           100 001 030 -- 5 14 1David Dowling, Brandon McKerney (8), Josh Conover (8),Matt Kasser (9) and Joey Dunn. Brian Schroeder, BrantRustich (7) and Chris Denove. W - Conover (1-2). L -Rustich (2-7). Sv - Kasser (1). 2B - UW, Matt Hague; UCLA,Chris Jensen, Mike Metzger, Hector Ambriz. 3B - UCLA,Denove. HR - UW, Curt Rindal (7). T - 3:07. A - 354.
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