Cheney Leads Huskies To 2-1 Win At Northridge

Feb. 19, 2006

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Freshman Tyler Cheney threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings as the Washingtonbaseball team edged Cal State Northridge, 2-1, Sunday. The Huskies (5-1) notched theirfifth straight victory, and third in a row over the Matadors, who dropped to 6-6.

Cheney, who allowed only one run over five innings in his first start last Sunday at NewMexico State, picked up his first win vs. the Matadors. He allowed only five hits and nowalks while striking out two. The true-freshman left-hander was an all-state pitcher andfirst baseman last year at 4A state champion Richland High.

'He pitched his game,' Husky coach Ken Knutson said of Cheney. 'That's his style. Hegets a ton of ground balls and makes the hitters put the ball in play. He was outstandingtoday.'

The Matadors got the leadoff hitter aboard in four straight innings during the game, butwhile Cheney was on the mound, no CSUN runner reached third base.

Washington, hitless through the first three innings, scored the game's first run with twoouts in the fourth when senior left fielder Zach Clem belted a towering homer to left, hisfourth of the season, to move the UW in front, 1-0.

In the fifth, with junior Curt Rindal on at second via a walk and a groundout, freshmancenter fielder Brett Kaluza, making his first start as a Husky, came through with a two-out single to drive in a run and increase the lead to 2-0. It was Kaluza's first college hitand one of only two Husky hits on the day.

In the ninth, CSUN's Brett Blumenthal doubled to lead off the inning. After two outs, hescored when Paul Wilson blooped a double to shallow center field. However, after a walkput the winning run at first, Husky closer Elliott Cribby struck out Alex Bardequez to endthe game and claim his third save of the season.

Northridge starter Chuckie Fick (1-3) gave up only two hits over six innings in the loss.Matadors reliever Bobby Paschal held the Huskies hitless in three innings.

Blumenthal led both teams with three hits in four at bats, the only multi-hit performanceof the day.

The Huskies and Matadors close out the four-game series Monday at 1:00 p.m. A liveaudio broadcast will air on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 2, CS Northridge 0Washington     000 110 000 -- 2 2 1CS Northridge  000 000 001 -- 1 7 0Tyler Cheney, Elliott Cribby (8) and Matt Lane. ChuckieFick, Bobby Paschal (7) and John Parham. W - Cheney (1-0).L - Fick (1-3). Sv - Cribby (3). 2B - CSUN, BrettBlumenthal, Paul Wilson. HR - UW, Zach Clem (4). T - 2:27. A - 213.
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