Huskies Fall To Pilots, 8-5, In Portland

March 28, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland freshman Blaine Hardy threw eight innings as the Pilotshanded the Washington baseball team an 8-5 loss in a non-conference game Tuesday atJoe Etzel Field.

Hardy (2-0), from Edmonds-Woodway High north of Seattle, allowed seven hits, fiveruns and two walks while striking out six over his eight innings. After a fifth inninghomer, he retired 10 straight Husky hitters to end his outing. Closer Austin Dirkx gave uptwo singles in the ninth, but hung on for his sixth save. Portland improved to 10-13.

Husky sophomore Nick Hagadone (1-2) suffered the loss for the Huskies (18-10).Hagadone gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits over four and one-third innings.

The Huskies scored one in the first when Bradley Boyer singled, stole second and scoredon a single from Curt Rindal. In the bottom of the first, Portland pulled into a 1-1 tiewhen Cody Ehlers singled and eventually scored on a passed ball.

In the third, Portland took a lead on an RBI single from DH Pat Geraghty. The Pilotsmade it a 4-1 lead in the fourth when freshman catcher Paul Crowder belted a two-runhomer the first of his career.

In the fifth, the Huskies used a pair of home runs to take the lead. After a double fromBoyer and a walk to Matt Hague, junior Matt Lane lined his seventh homer of the year toright to tie it at 4-4. After an out, Zach Clem homered to left, his conference-leading 10thof the year.

However, it wasn't long before the Pilots were back on top. In the bottom of the fifth,another RBI single from Geraghty tied it and then, later in the inning, right fielder TravisVetters homered to right, his third, to give Portland a 7-5 lead.

In the eighth, with the bases loaded and two outs, Ehlers swung and missed a pitch in thedirt for a third strike, but the ball bounced to the backstop, allowing the Pilots' eighth runto score.

UW freshman reliever Bryce Mooney, who came on in the fifth, saw a string of 10consecutive innings of no-hit relief come to an end on an one-out single in the eighth.Rindal, the Husky first baseman, extended his hitting streak to 17 games with his first-inning RBI single.

This weekend, the Huskies play their first home conference series as UCLA visits HuskyBallpark Friday through Sunday. Friday night's radio broadcast has been pre-empted bySeattle Thunderbirds playoff hockey, but Saturday's 2:00 p.m. game and Sunday's 1:00p.m. finale will both air on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference GamePortland 8, Washington 5Washington    100 040 000 -- 5  9 3Portland      101 230 01x -- 8 11 0Nick Hagadone, Bryce Mooney (5), Nick Haughian (8) andJoey Dunn. Blaine Hardy, Austin Dirkx (9) and Paul Crowder.W - Hardy (2-0). L - Hagadone (1-2). Sv - Dirkx (6). 2B -UW, Bradley Boyer; UP, Matthew Peters. HR - UW, Matt Lane(7), Zach Clem (10); UP, Crowder (1), Travis Vetters (3). T- 2:23. A - 232.
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