Clem's Homer Lifts UW To 5-4 Win

Feb. 12, 2006

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Zach Clem's solo homer in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie asthe Washington baseball team edged New Mexico State, 5-4, in the third game of theHuskies' season-opening series.

The Huskies improved to 2-1 with the victory while NMSU fell to 3-4.

Clem, the Huskies left fielder from Burlington, Wash., belted his third homer of theweekend on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Brian Gausman, launching a high blast over the leftfield fence. Friday, Clem hit two homers and drove in seven runs. For the weekend, hewas 5-for-12 with a double, three homers and nine RBI.

Husky freshman reliever Bryce Mooney (1-0) earned the victory, working out of a jam inthe sixth and going on to pitch an inning and two-thirds, striking out four.

Sophomore reliever Elliott Cribby worked the final two innings for the save, recordingthe final three outs in the ninth after shortstop Abe Aguirre reached on a two-base error toopen the inning.

UW freshman starter Tyler Cheney allowed only one run on three hits over five inningsand left the game with a 4-1 lead, but didn't figure in the decision.

Washington took advantage of two first-inning errors from Aggies third baseman JosephGodinez to take a 1-0 lead. After Michael Burgher and Ryan Anderson each reached onthrowing errors, Matt Hague drove in Burgher from third with a long flyout to center,giving the UW an early 1-0 lead.

In the third, with Anderson aboard at second, Hague singled to drive in a second Huskyrun. Senior Zach Clem followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Asacrifice fly from freshman DH Kyle Conley and a single from Curt Rindal drove in twomore to increase the lead to 4-0.

The Aggies posted their first run in the fifth on an RBI single. In the sixth, withMatt Kasser on in relief of Cheney, NMSU rallied to tie the score at 4-4. MurrayGilbertson drove in one with a double and second baseman Jason Long tied the gamewith a two-run double.

Mooney, however, came in with runners at second and third with one out and struck outtwo to end the threat.

Next up for the Huskies is a four-game series at Cal State Northridge next Friday throughMonday. A live audio broadcast of each game will be available on the Dawg Channel atgohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 5, New Mexico State 4Washington      103 000 100 -- 5 10 0New Mexico St.  000 013 000 -- 4  8 3Tyler Cheney, Matt Kasser (6), Bryce Mooney (6),Elliott Cribby (8) and Joey Dunn. Frankie Duran, BrianGausman (5), Dillon Smith (8) and Brandon Lance. W - Mooney(1-0). L - Gausman (1-1). Sv - Cribby (1). 2B - UW, Dunn,Zach Clem; NMSU, Murray Gilbertson, Jason Long. HR - UW,Clem (3). T - 2:51. A - 207.
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