Dawgs Lose To Hawai'i, 3-2, On Run In Ninth

Feb. 27, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - Landon Hernandez singled up the middle to drive in Kevin Macdonald with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Hawai'i baseball team edged Washington, 3-2, Friday in the first game of the Dairy Queen Classic in the Metrodome.

The Huskies (2-3) had never trailed in the game until Hernandez's winning hit. In the ninth, Macdonald, whose homer in the sixth had tied the game at 2-2, led off with a single. After a bunt and a wild pitch moved him to third with one out, Hernandez laced a single through the drawn-in UW infield, winning the game.

UW reliever Ben Guidos (0-1), who allowed just two runs over three and one-third innings of relief, suffered the loss. Hawai'i reliever Harrison Kuroda (1-0) celebrated his birthday with the win, holding the UW scoreless in his two innings of work.

Washington took the early lead in the top of the first when No. 2 hitter Pierce Rankin hit a solo homer to left, his first of the year, to give the UW a 1-0 edge.

Hawai'i (3-3) answered in the bottom of the first. After Kolten Wong singled, stole second and took third on a groundout, he tied the score at 1-1 when he scored on an error.

In the third, Washington shortstop David Bentrott belted a solo homer to left, putting the Huskies back on top, 2-1.

With Guidos on in relief of UW starter Jorden Merry, Hawai'i tied the score in the sixth as first baseman Kevin Macdonald connected on a solo home run, his first, knotting the game at 2-2.

Neither Merry nor Hawai'i starter Nate Klein figured in the decision despite good outings from both. Merry went five innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out four. Klein pitched the first seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits while fanning eight.

Tomorrow night, the UW takes on host Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. CT and on Sunday, the weekend concludes with an 11:00 a.m. CT game vs. UC Santa Barbara. Live audio broadcasts of both games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREDairy Queen ClassicHawai'i 3, Washington 2Washington     101 000 000 -- 2 7 1Hawaii         100 001 001 -- 3 6 0Jorden Merry, Ben Guidos (6), Aaron West (9) and Brett Wilcox. Nate Klein, HarrisonKuroda (8) and Landon Hernandez. W - Kuroda (1-0). L - Guidos (0-1). 2B - UH, ShaneHoey. HR - UW, Pierce Rankin (1), David Bentrott (1); UH, Kevin Macdonald (1). T - 2:08.
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