Rife Hit Leads UW Past ASU, 5-4

March 30, 2007

SEATTLE - A two-out RBI single from Jake Rife broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh to lead the Washington baseball team to a 5-4 win over No. 16 Arizona State in a Pac-10 game Friday night at Husky Ballpark.

The win was the Huskies' 13th in their last 14 games and improved their record to 15-9 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. ASU, which suffered only its second loss in the last 10 games, fell to 21-10 and 2-2 in the conference.

Husky lefty Nick Haughian (3-2) held the powerful SunDevils to four runs (three earned) on 11 hits over seven innings. ASU came into the game with a .359 team batting average and three starters batting over .400.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the seventh, the Huskies rallied with two outs and no runners on base. After a single from Matt Hague and a walk to Curt Rindal, Rife singled over the shortstop to send home Hague with the go-ahead run. Rife finished 2-for-4 with two runs.

The Devils threatened in the eighth. After two outs, UW reliever Brandon McKerney gave up a walk and a single to put runners at the corners. However, closer Nick Hagadone came on to strike out the Pac-10's leading hitter, Brett Wallace, to end the inning. Hagadone also pitched the ninth to record his sixth save.

ASU took a quick lead with a run in the first. After leadoff hitter Matt Smith singled and stole second, third baseman Brett Wallace singled up the middle to score him.

Washington came back with two runs in the second. With two outs and the bases loaded on three walks, junior center fielder Michael Burgher singled up the middle to drive in Jake Rife and Ty Rasmussen.

The Sun Devils tied the game in the third. Once again, the leadoff hitter in the inning, Andrew Romine, singled and stole second before scoring on a single from Smith. However, the Devils went on to load the bases with one out before the final two hitters.

In the fourth, the Huskies went back on top, scoring twice. With two on and no outs, freshman shortstop Brian Pearl laced an RBI single to left. Two batters later, Burgher knocked in another with a single to right to put the UW in front, 4-2.

In the top of the fifth, ASU rallied to tie it with a pair two-out runs as Eric Sogard singled and scored on a long double from catcher Petey Paramore. Ike Davis then followed with an infield single, but second baseman Bradley Boyer's off-balance throw to first got away from first baseman Curt Rindal, allowing Paramore to score.

Burgher, who also tripled in the eighth, went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in to lead the Huskies. Pearl and Hague eached added two hits as well. Smith went 3-for-5 to lead the Sun Devils

ASU starter Josh Satow (7-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over eight innings.

The Huskies and Sun Devils play Saturday at 2:00 p.m. before wrapping up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. Both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and the broadcast is also available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 5, Arizona State 4Arizona State   101 020 000 -- 4 12 0Washington      020 200 10x -- 5  9 1Josh Satow and Petey Paramore. Nick Haughian,Brandon McKerney (8), Nick Hagadone (8) and Joey Dunn. W -Haughian (3-2). L - Satow (7-2). Sv - Hagadone (6). 2B -ASU, Paramore; UW, Matt Hague. 3B - UW, Michael Burgher. T- 3:20. A - 812. Records: ASU 21-10, 2-2 Pac-10; UW 15-9,4-0 Pac-10.
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