Huskies Rally But Fall To Hawaii, 10-8

March 4, 2006

HONOLULU - The Washington baseball team came back from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead, but a two-run homer from Hawaii's Justin Frash in the seventh lifted the Rainbows to a 10-8 winover the Huskies Saturday in the first of two games between the two teams at LesMurikami Stadium.

Junior catcher Matt Lane, who an inning earlier drove in the Huskies' first two runs witha bases-loaded single, gave the Huskies their first lead at 6-5 with a two-out single in theseventh. Lane finished 3-for-5 with four runs batted in.

However, Hawaii got a two-run homer from Frash in the seventh inning to go back ontop, 7-6. Frash's homer was his second of the season and just the fifth all year for theRainbows.

After the Rainbows scored three in the eighth to extend their lead to 10-6, the UW ralliedin the ninth, scoring two runs on a single from Lane and a double from Andy Lentz,whose pinch-hit homer in the sixth had tied the game at 5-5. However, with runners atsecond and third, Matt Stevens grounded out to end the game. Lentz went 2-for-3 withfour RBI.

The loss dropped the Huskies to 11-4 on the year while Hawaii improved to 13-5. Theresult also meant that the Rainbow Baseball Tournament championship went to Arkansas,which earlier in the day beat Texas-Arlington to finish 4-1 in the tournament.

UW freshman starter Tyler Cheney suffered the loss for to fall to 1-1. He allowed sevenruns (six earned) on 11 hits over six-plus innings of work. Hawaii reliever DarrellFisherbaugh (2-0), who gave up the single to Lane, picked up the victory.

After getting a run in the first, the Rainbows stretched their lead to 5-0 with four runs inthe third. First baseman Luis Avila, who'd driven in the run in the first with a sacrificefly, singled to send home the first run of the third. Matt Inouye followed with a runscoring single and Jorge Franco singled to send home another. Second baseman EliChristensen's RBI single later in the inning capped the scoring.

The Huskies, however, rallied for five runs in the sixth. Lane drove in the first two with abases-loaded single. Then, with right-handed reliever Matt Daly on in relief of Hawaiistarter Ian Harrington, Lentz pinch hit for Brett Kaluza. Lentz lined a home run down theline and just inside the foul pole, a three-run shot that tied the game at 5-5.

The Huskies return to Seattle to begin an eight-game homestand, starting Tuesday withthe first of two games vs. San Diego. Next weekend, Santa Clara visits Husky Ballparkfor a three-game series. Live audio broadcasts and live stats of all of those games will beavailable at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORERainbow Baseball TournamentFirst Game of DoubleheaderHawaii 10, Washington 8Washington     000 005 102 --  8 14 3Hawaii         104 000 23x -- 10 12 0Tyler Cheney, Bryce Mooney (7), Nick Haughian (8),Brandon McKerney (8) and Matt Lane. Ian Harrington, MattDaly (6), Darrell Fisherbaugh (7) and Esteban Lopez. W -Fisherbaugh (2-0). L - Cheney (1-1). 2B - UW, Matt Stevens,Andy Lentz; UH, Matt Inouye, Jorge Franco. 3B - UW,Curt Rindal. HR - UW, Andy Lentz (4); UH, Justin Frash (2).T - 3:09.
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