Stevens Hits For The Cycle In 16-6 Husky Win
Feb. 18, 2006
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore Matt Stevens became the first Husky to hit for thecycle in 12 seasons, adding an extra home run as well, as the Washington baseball teamfought back from an early 5-1 deficit to claim a 16-6 win over Cal State NorthridgeSaturday in the second-game of a four-game series. The UW, winner of four straightimproved to 4-1 while Northridge fell to 6-4.
Stevens, the Huskies third baseman from Lake Stevens, entered the game on an early-season slump, having gone 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts. He singled in his first at batand then, after a strikeout in his second, hit homers to lead off both the sixth and seventhinnings. In the eighth, he tripled and then he capped the cycle in the ninth with a double.
'I thought about it before the at bat a little bit,' Stevens said of his ninth-inning doublethat clinched the cycle, 'but really I was trying to focus on the at bat and it just happened.I actually slipped on home plate leaving the batters box, so I had to pick it up around first.'
The last Washington player to hit for the cycle was Jon Vander Griend, who did it in aloss to Georgia Tech in an NCAA regional championship game in 1994. Stevens finishedthe game 5-for-6 with four runs batted in and three runs scored.
Down 5-1, the Huskies started to cut the lead in the fifth when catcher Matt Lane hit atwo-run homer, his second of the weekend.
In the sixth, Stevens led off with a home run to left to make it 5-4. Freshman Jake Rifefollowed with a single and pinch hitter Kyle Conley reached on an error before aMatt Hague singled tied it at 5-5. A wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score beforeLane drove in another run with a double.
In the seventh, back-to-back homers from Stevens and Bradley Boyer, his first Husky hit,added two more before a seven-run eighth inning that included back-to-back triples fromStevens and Boyer.
Northridge took the early lead in the first when Jonathan Sakurai walked to lead off andthen eventually scored on a double-play groundout. In the top of the second, the UW tiedthe score at 1-1 when Jake Rife walked with the bases loaded, sending home Lane.
In the second, Husky starter Kyle Parker struggled with his command, walking threehitters with the bases loaded to gift the Matadors three runs. Freshman Adrian Gomez, inhis first college appearance, came on in relief and struck out Kris Kasarjian to keep theNorthridge lead at 4-1.
In the third, Jorge Andrade Jr. led off with a homer off of Gomez, increasing the lead to 5-1.
UW freshman reliever Jason Erickson threw two and two-thirds innings of relief to earnhis first win. Fellow freshman Nick Haughian, who came on with the tying run on deck inthe seventh, worked the final two and one-third innings for his second save.
The Huskies and Matadors continue the four-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. A liveaudio broadcast will be available on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 16, CS Northridge 6Washington 010 024 270 -- 16 16 4CS Northridge 131 000 100 -- 6 7 6Kyle Parker, Adrian Gomez (2), Brandon McKerney (4), Jason Erickson (5),Nick Haughian (7) and Matt Lane, D.J. Neyens (9). Edwin Quirarte,Jimmy Brettl (6), Luke Beck (6), Eddie Garcia (8), Matt Gaylord (8),James Scott (9) and Steve Lemmon, John Parham (9). W - Erickson (1-0).L - Brettl (0-1). Sv - Haughian (2). 2B - UW, Curt Rindal, Lane, Matt Stevens;CSUN, Jorge Andrade Jr., Lemmon. 3B - UW, Stevens, Bradley Boyer. HR - UW, Lane (3),Stevens 2 (2), Boyer (1); CSUN, Andrade (2). T - 3:50. A - 175.