Nichols Wins In First Start As UW Beats HPU, 10-7

March 1, 2006

WAIPAHU, Hawaii - Freshman Geoff Nichols picked up the victory in his first collegestart as the Washington baseball team beat Division II Hawaii Pacific, 10-7, Wednesdayat Hans L'Orange Park.

The win was the fifth straight for the Huskies (10-2), who take on Hawaii laterWednesday as the Rainbow Baseball Tournament gets back underway for the UW. Thegame against HPU (9-10) was not a tournament game.

Nichols, a freshman from Portland, Ore., had faced only one hitter prior to Wednesday'swin. He went five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.

Junior designated hitter Matt Lane led the UW with two doubles and a triple in five atbats. Freshmen Trevor Petersen and Brett Kaluza each added two hits, as did sophomoreRyan Anderson and senior Nick Burnham.

The Huskies, who were set down in order in the first, got rolling in the second. Lanedoubled to lead off and freshman Trevor Petersen followed with a bad-hop single overthe shortstop's head. Catcher Joey Dunn belted a triple to left-center field to score bothrunners and then came across on a single from Kaluza, giving the UW a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second with one out, Jherell Miller singled and Gavin Concepcionwalked to put two aboard for HPU. After a wild pitch moved both runners up a base, agroundout from Colton Silva drove in a run to cut the Husky lead to 3-1.

In the fifth, with Ryan Anderson on first after a single, senior left fielder Nick Burnhamdoubled to drive in the Huskies' fourth run. Burnham eventually made it 5-1 when hescored on a safety squeeze bunt from Bradley Boyer.

HPU scored a second run in the fifth as Michael Kealoha led off with a single andeventually crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Grandon Costa.

Washington broke the game with a five-run, two-out rally in the ninth. The first of the sixruns came when backup catcher D.J. Neyens singled to drive in Burnham. Later, with thebases loaded, Lane hit his second double of the day to clear the bases. Another double,this one from Curt Rindal, drove in Lane to cap the Huskies' offense for the day.

The Huskies needed those runs, however, as HPU rallied for five of their own in theninth. After the first four hitters in the inning reached on singles, putting one run acrossthe plate, an error on a possible double-play scored another. Brandon Sato singled todrive in two more, but a double play off the bat of Danny Lee, which scored theWarriors' fifth run of the inning, spelled the beginning of the end as, with the basesempty and two down, Miller grounded out.

Sea Warriors ace Mario Ramirez (2-1) took his first loss of the season despite a solidouting. He threw eight innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits. He walkedtwo and struck out six.

Later Wednesday, the Huskies take on Hawaii at 7:00 p.m. HST (9:00 p.m. PST). A liveaudio broadcast of the Hawaii game will air on the internet at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 10, Hawaii Pacific 7Washington         030 020 005 -- 10 15 2Hawaii Pacific     010 010 005 --  7 11 1Geoff Nichols, Brandon McKerney (6), Bryce Mooney (7),Jason Erickson (9) and Joey Dunn. Mario Ramirez, BrandonMuser (9), Michael Kealoha (9) and Gavin Concepcion. W -Nichols (1-0). L - Ramirez (2-1). 2B - UW, Matt Lane 2,Nick Burnham, Curt Rindal; HPU, Michael Kealoha,Concepcion. 3B - UW, Dunn, Lane. T - 2:31. A - 150.
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