Dawgs Break Through For 9-4 Win at UCLA

April 7, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Home runs from Matt Hague and Ty Rasmussen and solid relief pitching from Nick Hagadone led the Washington baseball team to a 9-4 win over UCLA Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium as the Huskies broke a four-game losing streak and moved back over the .500 mark in Pac-10 play.

The win improved the UW's record to 16-13 overall and 5-4 in Pac-10 Conference play while UCLA fell to 15-15 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Hagadone (3-1) picked up the win with five and one-third innings of long relief behind freshman starter Cam Nobles, who was making his first UW appearance. Hagadone entered the game to start the fourth and worked four innings, allowing three runs (one earned).

UW's Michael Burgher, who doubled twice and reached base five times in the game, reached base on a throwing error to lead off the game. After moving to third on a wild pitch and a single, he scored when Trevor Petersen grounded into a double playing, giving the Huskies their first lead of the weekend at 1-0.

In the third, Bruins center fielder Tim Murphy singled, moved to second on a bunt and scored on a two-out single from Brandon Crawford. The Bruins went on to load the bases, but Nobles got a flyout to left to end the inning.

In the fifth, the Huskies took back the lead when freshman left fielder Ty Rasmussen hooked his fourth home run of the year just inside the left-field foul pole, putting the UW in front, 2-1.

The Huskies put some distance between themselves and the Bruins in the sixth. After Petersen singled and Curt Rindal reached on a dropped fly ball, Hague blasted a three-run homer to left, stretching the UW advantage to 5-1.

However, the Bruins replied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gabe Cohen reached on a single and then scored on an errant throw. Later in the inning, Eddie Murray singled to drive in a second run, cutting the lead to 5-3.

The UW scored in the top of the seventh when Burgher doubled and scored on a single from Rindal, and UCLA answered with one in the bottom of the inning when Alden Carrithers reached on an error and eventually crossed the plate on a single from Cohen.

In the eighth, Washington tacked on a run when Andy Lentz walked and scored on a two-out double from catcher Brett Wilcox, a JC transfer who joined the Huskies just last week. The double was Wilcox's first hit as a Husky. The UW added two more runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Brian Pearl and an RBI single from Andy Lentz.

Bruins freshman starter Gavin Brooks (3-4) allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits over five and one-third for the loss.

The Huskies' next six games will all come against non-conference foes. Tuesday and Wednesday, Washington plays at Brigham Young at 1:00 p.m. both days. Next weekend, UC Riverside comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series and the following Tuesday, the Dawgs play at Portland. Audio broadcasts for all six of those games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 9, UCLA 4Washington     100 013 112 -- 8 12 3UCLA           001 002 100 -- 4 11 2Cam Nobles, Nick Hagadone (4), Brandon McKerney (9) andBrett Wilcox. Gavin Brooks, Jason Novak (6), Kevin Brophy(7), Matthew Drummond (8), Garret Claypool (8) and RyanBabineau. W - Hagadone (3-1). L - Brooks (3-4). 2B - UW,Michael Burgher 2, Brett Kaluza, Ty Rasmussen, Wilcox,Curt Rindal. HR - UW, Rasmussen (4), Matt Hague (2). T -3:51. A - 856. Records: UW 16-13, 5-4 Pac-10; UCLA 15-15,5-1 Pac-10.
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