Huskies Rally To Edge UPS, 5-4

March 22, 2006

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team needed an three-run rally in the eighthinning to avoid an upset as the Huskies came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Puget Sound,5-4, Wednesday night at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies (17-7) hadn't lost to the Loggers (6-13) since 1990 and have now won 16 ina row over Division III UPS.

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the UW finally broke through off of UPS relieverRyan Gustafson as designated hitter Matt Lane hit a one-out solo homer, his sixth of theseason. After a second out, Zach Clem doubled and Gustafson was replaced on themound by Devon Zeller. Stevens followed with a single up the middle, plating Clem totie the game at 4-4.

With Stevens at first, Dunn popped a ball to shallow left, but shortstop Shawn Kiriudropped the ball, allowing Stevens to score the go-ahead run all the way from first base.

UW freshman Bryce Mooney (2-0) struck out six in three perfect innings of relief to pickup the victory. Closer Elliott Cribby pitched the ninth for his Pac-10-leading eighth save.Zeller (1-3) suffered the loss, giving up the one unearned run in two-thirds of an inning.

Neither team managed to score a run until the Loggers shocked the Huskies in the fifth.After UPS loaded the bases on a walk and a pair of singles, left fielder Chris Dunbarlined a two-out, 3-1 pitch over the wall in right for a grand slam, giving the Loggers a 4-0 lead.

The Huskies, who'd managed only one hit through the first four innings, got going in thebottom of the fifth. After a single from Clem and a double from Stevens opened theinning, Dunn singled to drive in the Huskies' first run. Brett Kaluza followed with afielder's choice groundout to drive in Stevens and cut the Loggers lead to 4-2.

However, in the sixth and seventh, the Huskies had rallies stymied by UPS relieverGustafson. In the sixth, Gustafson took over with runners at first and third with one outand used two strikeouts to end the threat. In the seventh, Huskies reached on a hit and anerror, but Gustafson got off the hook with a double play.

Thursday, the Huskies travel to Berkeley to face Cal in the first Pac-10 Conference seriesof the year Friday through Sunday. All three games from Cal will air live on radio onKKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 5, Puget Sound 4Puget Sound    000 040 000 -- 4  9 3Washington     000 020 03x -- 5 10 0Taylor Thompson, Chris Owens (4), Brian Bennett (5), EvanScandling (5), Ryan Gustafson (6), Devon Zeller (8) andA.J. Jorg. Adrian Gomez, Bryce Mooney (6), Elliott Cribby(9) and Joey Dunn. W - Mooney (2-0). L - Zeler (1-3). Sv -Cribby (8). 2B - UPS, Shaun Messerli; UW, Matt Stevens,Matt Lane, Zach Clem. HR - UPS, Chris Dunbar (2); UW, Lane(6). T - 2:39. A - 203.
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