Dawgs Beat Ducks On Diamond, 5-3

March 3, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington and Oregon renewed their rivalry on the baseball diamond for the first time in 28 years Tuesday night at rainy Husky Ballpark, with the Huskies beating the Ducks, 5-3, in a non-conference game.

The Huskies and Ducks last played at the end of the 1981 regular season, after which Oregon dropped its program. This season is the Ducks' first since then.

Southpaw Adrian Gomez (1-2), a sophomore from Battleground, earned the win for the UW (3-5), limiting the Ducks to a run on five hits over five innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Oregon's Madison Boer (0-1), making his first start, took the loss. The right-hander allowed only three hits in five innings, but gave up four runs and walked five.

The Ducks (3-4) opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Jett Hart lofted a single to center and stole second. After moving to third on a groundout, he scored when designated hitter Josh Hogan bounced a single through a drawn-in Husky infield.

Washington got that run back in the bottom of the second as Doug Cherry was hit by a pitch with two outs, stole second and scored on a single from senior Jake Rife, tying the score at 1-1.

Neither team managed another run until the bottom of the fifth. After walks to Rife and Brendan Gardner-Young, catcher Pierce Rankin lined a double, his second of the night, down the left-field line, scoring both runners. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Rankin scored on a Kyle Conley sacrifice fly, giving the UW a 4-1 lead.

In the seventh, the Ducks used three walks, a balk and a wild pitch to notch a run. Hogan reached on a one-out walk, moved to second on another free pass, then took third on the balk and home on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Washington replied with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Rankin led off by getting hit by a pitch. After moving to third on a Conley single, he scored on a groundout from Julien Pollard.

The Ducks struck back in the eighth. KC Serna and Eddy Rodriguez led off the innings with back-to-back singles. After an out, Andrew Schmidt's pinch-hit single sent home Serna to cut the lead to 5-3. The Ducks went on to load the bases with two outs, but an inning-ending groundout ended the threat.

UW closer Brian Pearl, who came on to pitch the ninth, recorded his first save of the season.

The two-game series ends Wednesday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Husky Ballpark. Fans can catch live video of the game on the 'Dawg Channel' at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 5, Oregon 3Oregon         010 000 110 -- 3 8 0Washington     010 030 10x -- 5 5 0Madison Boer, Ryan Fleckenstein (6), Chris Garrison (8) andEddy Rodriguez. Adrian Gomez, Forrest Snow (6), AndrewKittredge (8), Geoff Brown (8), Brian Pearl (9) andPierce Rankin. W - Gomez (1-2). L - Boer (0-1). Sv - Pearl(1). 2B - UW, Rankin 2. 3B - UO, KC Serna. T - 2:59. A - 524.
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