Dawgs Fall To Lewis-Clark State, 9-7

May 2, 2006

SEATTLE - The 22nd-ranked Washington baseball team couldn't overcome an earlydeficit as the NAIA's top-ranked team, Lewis-Clark State, handed the Huskies a 9-7 lossTuesday night at Husky Ballpark.

L-C State (39-4), which had a 26-game win streak broken last weekend, used a six-runthird inning to build a 7-1 lead and never trailed. Washington (30-17) rallied for one inthe seventh and four in the eighth to close the gap, but couldn't come all the way back.

Washington first baseman Curt Rindal went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a singlewhile third baseman Matt Stevens homered and doubled for the UW.

L-C starter Shannon Wirth picked up the win to improve to 5-0 on the year. He allowedtwo runs on five hits over six innings. Chris Kissock, the Warrior's ace, picked up thesave, throwing three innings. He allowed five runs, but only one was earned.

Husky freshman starter Tyler Cheney (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs onseven hits over two and one-third innings. UW relievers Brandon McKerney,Bryce Mooney and Nick Hagadone held L-C State to only one earned run over the finalsix and two-thirds.

Lewis-Clark State got off to a quick start when leadoff hitter Mark Thompson opened thegame with his first home run of the season, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. In the second,Stevens launched his 14th homer of the year to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the third, the Warriors exploded for six runs on six hits and a walk. AfterZach Adam's leadoff homer, Justin Fuller drove in a run with a double and then scoredon a Matt Vogel single. Vogel scored all the way from first on a double from Jessie Mierand first baseman Jose Castenon capped the rally with a two-run homer, giving theWarriors a 7-1 lead.

Washington got one run back in the fourth on a solo home run from Rindal, his ninth ofthe year.

The teams traded late runs and the UW entered the eighth inning trailing, 9-3. However,three L-C State errors in the eighth led to four Husky runs. With two on and no outs,second baseman Justin Fuller mishandled a possible double-play ball, allowing one run toscore. Stevens followed and, after a foul ball was dropped by first baseman Castenon, hedoubled to drive in another.

Danny Cox followed with a grounder to Castenon, who tried to cut down the lead runnerat the plate, but threw wildly, allowing two more runs to score, cutting the Warriors' leadto 9-7.

The Huskies travel to face No. 5 Oregon State in a three-game, Pac-10 series thisweekend in Corvallis. All three games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameLewis-Clark State 9, Washington 7Lewis-Clark St.   106 001 010 -- 9 13 3Washington        010 100 140 -- 7 10 1Shannon Wirth, Chris Kissock (7) and Jessie Mier.Tyler Cheney, Brandon McKerney (3), Bryce Mooney (6),Nick Hagadone (9) and Matt Lane. W - Cheney (1-5). L -Wirth (5-0). Sv - Kissock (1). 2B - LC, Justin Fuler, Mier;UW, Curt Rindal, Matt Stevens. HR - LC, Mark Thompson (1),Zach Adam (5), Jose Castenon (2); UW, Stevens (14), Rindal(9). T - 2:36. A - 492.
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