Huskies Fall To Northridge In Ninth, 8-7

Feb. 20, 2006

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After taking a 7-6 lead on a two-run, ninth-inning homer fromZach Clem, the Washington baseball team fell to Cal State Northridge, 8-7, as theMatadors scored two in the bottom of the ninth Monday, avoiding a four-game seriessweep.

Washington (5-2) saw a five-game winning streak come to an end while Northridge (7-6)snapped a four-game losing streak.

Down 6-5 heading into the ninth, the UW got a leadoff bunt single from freshmanBradley Boyer. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, Clem belted a long shot toleft-center, his fifth homer in seven games this season, to give the Huskies the lead for thethird time in the game.

However, in the bottom of the ninth, the Matadors' first two hitters in the inning reachedon a walk and a hit batsman. After a sacrifice bunt, freshman reliever Nick Haughianintentionally walked Todd Shelton to set up the force at any base. However, he walkedpinch hitter Chase McGuire to force in the tying run and then the UW was unable to turna double play on a grounder to second from Scott Lyons as the winning run scored.

Haughian (0-1) took the loss while Joe Rocchio (1-0), who retired the only batter hefaced in the top of the ninth, got the win.

The Matadors, who led 4-1 early in the game, got the lead back in the bottom of theseventh. With the score tied at 5-5 and after a leadoff single followed by two outs, theMatadors loaded the bases on a walk and a hit batter. Reliever Nick Hagadone's firstpitch to Alex Bardeguez got by catcher D.J. Neyens for a passed ball, allowing KrisKasarjian to score the go-ahead run, giving the Matadors the lead at 6-5.

The UW got on the scoreboard in the first without the benefit of a base hit. After leadoffman Jake Rife walked to open the game, he moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt.Boyer followed with a sacrifice fly and the Huskies led, 1-0.

Northridge quickly tied it, however, as Jonathan Sakurai singled to lead off the first andeventually scored on a single from Brett Blumenthal.

In the second, the Matadors moved in front with three more runs. Run-scoring singlesfrom Sakurai and Kasarjian pushed two across and an errant throw after Kasarjian'ssingle sent Sakurai home to give CSUN a 4-1 lead.

Washington struck back in the top of the third. Danny Cox doubled to lead off. After awalk to Michael Burgher and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out, agroundout from Boyer and a single from Matt Hague scored a pair of runs to cut the lead to 4-3.

In the fourth, with Matt Lane aboard via a walk, third baseman Matt Stevens belted histhird homer of the series to put the UW back on top, 5-4.

Northridge tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the sixth when Richard Cates scored fromthird on a wild pitch.

Friday through Sunday, the Huskies open the home slate with a three-game series vs.Gonzaga. PLEASE NOTE that Friday's game time has been moved up to 2:00 p.m. dueto the weather forecast. Saturday's game also begins at 2:00 p.m., and first pitch Sundayis 1:00 p.m.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceCS Northridge 8, Washington 7Washington     102 200 002 -- 7  7 1CS Northridge  130 010 102 -- 8 10 2Matt Kasser, Geoff Nichols (5), Nick Hagadone (5), Bryce Mooney (8),Nick Haughian (9) and D.J. Neyens, Matt Lane (8). Jimmy Jolicoeur,Jimmy Brettl (4), Taylor King (8), James Scott (9), Joe Rocchio (9)and John Parham, Adam Fleener (9). W - Rocchio (1-0). L - Haughian (0-1).2B - UW, Danny Cox; CSUN, Jorge Andrade Jr. HR - UW, Matt Stevens (3), Zach Clem (5). T - 3:21. A - 247.
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