UW Falls To Pilots, 7-6, On Late Homer

May 9, 2006

SEATTLE - Portland third baseman Danny Meier hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Pilots to a 7-6 win over the Washington baseball team in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

Portland (14-31) entered the eighth trailing 6-4. However, after a single from Sean Nicol and a double from Cory Wiltshire, third baseman Danny Meier belted his second home run in as many days and eighth of the year, lifting the visitors to 7-6 lead.

Washington (32-20) got two runners aboard via walks, but Portland reliever Joe Jones (2-2) hung on for the win. Jones allowed only one hit and no runs over four innings of relief.

Husky freshman reliever Bryce Mooney (3-3), who came on to begin the eighth, suffered the loss, allowing three runs over one and two-thirds innings.

The Pilots moved out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning when first baseman Matthew Peters belted a two-run homer to right field, giving Portland a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, however, the Huskies came back to tie it. After a one-out walk to Jesse Ferguson, senior left fielder Zach Clem belted his 20th home run of the season on a line drive to left-center. Clem is now two homers short of the single-season record of 22 (Chad Boudon, 2003) and one short of the Husky career mark of 42 (Ed Erickson, 1997-2000).

Portland struck back quickly in the top of the second as Nik Kosach hit a double off the top of the fence in right and eventually scored from third on an infield chopper from Justin Ehlers to put the Pilots back in front, 3-2.

In the third, Washington loaded the bases with no outs. One run came in on a groundout from Matt Stevens. A passed ball allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate and senior Cory Rickard singled to drive in another, giving the Huskies the lead back at 5-3.

The Pilots got a run in the top of the sixth on a Peters sacrifice fly, but the UW replied in the bottom of the sixth. With Bradley Boyer at second, DH Andy Lentz, making his first appearance since March 20 due to a severe groin pull, singled up the middle to make it a 6-4 Husky lead.

Sophomore Brandon McKerney, making his first start of the season, threw well but didn't figure in the decision, allowing three runs on three hits over five innings. After allowing the first two batters in the second inning to reach base, McKerney retired the last 12 Pilots he faced.

Rickard finished the game 3-for-5 to lead the Husky offense. Meier went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in for the Pilots.

This weekend, the Huskies play host to Stanford in a three-game, Pac-10 series. Friday's opener begins at 6:30 p.m. All three games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference GamePortland 7, Washington 6Portland      210 001 030 -- 7  9 0Washington    203 001 000 -- 6 10 1Peter Beringhaus, Josh Roberts (3), Joe Jones (6) and NikKosach, Paul Crowder (8). Brandon McKerney, Nick Haughian(6), Bryce Mooney (8), Tim Lincecum (9) and Matt Lane. W -Jones (2-2). L - Mooney (3-3). 2B - UP, Kosach, CoryWiltshire; UW, Cory Rickard. HR - UP, Matthew Peters (6),Danny Meier (8); UW, Zach Clem (20). T - 2:50. A - 250.
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