Lentz Homers Twice As UW Beats Zags, 8-6

Feb. 25, 2006

SEATTLE - Sophomore center fielder Andy Lentz hit two home runs and a double asthe Washington baseball team built a 6-0 lead and then held on to beat Gonzaga, 8-6,Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The UW (7-2) took a two-games-to-none advantage in the three-game series. Gonzagafell to 7-5 on the season.

Lentz, from Woodinville, went 3-for-4 with four runs, a walk and two runs batted in. TheHuskies also got three hits from right fielder Matt Hague.

Husky junior Kyle Parker (2-0) picked up the win, allowing five runs on six hits over fiveand two-thirds innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Bulldogs starter ClaytonMortensen (2-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs over four innings. UW closerElliott Cribby picked up his fourth save, working the final two and one-third innings.

The UW opened the scoring with three in the first. With two outs and the bases loaded ontwo walks and a single, Husky first baseman Curt Rindal reached a on hard ground ballthat hit the third base umpire, good for an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk toMatt Stevens and a balk led to two more to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, with two outs and nobody on base, Lentz belted his second homerof the year to straightaway center field. Hague followed with a single and thenZach Clem made it 6-0 with his sixth home run of the season, a towering shot to left-center.

Gonzaga entered the fourth with only one hit, a first-inning double from Darin Holcomb.However, with two aboard on walks, shortstop Aaron McGuinness cut the UW lead inhalf when he hit his third home run of the season into the visitors' bullpen in left.

Washington got a seventh run in the fourth when Lentz doubled and scored on a Haguesingle.

The Zags came back in the sixth when Bobby Carlson led off with his fourth homer ofthe year. Later in the inning, Scott Campbell singled to drive in Shawn Wayt, cutting theHusky advantage to 7-5. Gonzaga got closer still with a run in the seventh when Holcombdoubled and eventually scored on a single from Carlson.

The Bulldogs threatened to tie in the eighth, getting two runners aboard with one out, buta double play ended the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Lentz hit his second homer ofthe game to increase the Husky lead to 8-6.

The Huskies and Bulldogs finish the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. A live audio broadcast ofthe game will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 8, Gonzaga 6Gonzaga        000 302 100 -- 6 11 0Washington     330 100 01x -- 8 13 0Clayton Mortensen, Josh Monroe (5) and Tyson Van Winkle.Kyle Parker, Nick Haughian (6), Elliott Cribby (7) andMatt Lane. W - Parker (2-0). L - Mortensen (2-2). Sv -Cribby (4). 2B - GU, Darin Holcomb 2; UW, Andy Lentz, Lane.HR - GU, Aaron McGuinness (3), Bobby Carlson (4); UW, Lentz2 (3), Zach Clem (6). T - 2:55. A - 712.
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