Conley Hits Three Homers In 7-4 Husky Win
March 8, 2009
SEATTLE - Junior Kyle Conley belted three homers and drove in all seven of Washington's runs as the Huskies beat Nevada, 7-4, Sunday at Peccole Park.
Conley, the Husky right fielder from Richland, hit a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a solo shot, and added a sacrifice fly as well to account for every Husky tally. His homers were his fifth, sixth and seventh of the season.
Washington (6-6) earned a 2-1 series victory with the win, having also beaten the Wolf Pack on Friday. Nevada dropped to 3-8 with the loss.
UW reliever Geoff Brown (1-0) picked up the win, working three and one-third innings. He allowed one unearned run and struck out two. Brian Pearl worked the final inning and a third for his second save.
Pack starter Chris Garcia (0-2) worked four and one-third innings in the loss.
Nevada scored in the second inning to take the game's first lead. After leading off the inning with a single, Shaun Kort moved to third on a pair of groundouts before scoring on a two-out single from DH Michael Turay.
Washington, however, rallied in the top of the third. After singles from Andy Bethel and Pierce Rankin, Conley belted his fifth homer of the season over the 400-foot sign in center field, putting the UW on top, 3-1.
In the fourth, the Wolfpack loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batter and a single. Geoff Brown came to face Travis Simas with the count already two balls and no strikes and walked, forcing in a run. An infield single from Westley Moss drove in another, tying the score at 3-3.
However, in the top of the fifth, Rankin doubled and Conley followed with his second round-tripper of the day, this one to straightaway left, to put the Huskies back in front, 5-3.
In the seventh, Rankin belted a one-out triple off the wall in left-center to bring Conley up again. This time, the Husky junior hit a ball as far as he could with getting a home run as Moss, the Nevada center field, made a leaping catch against the fence for the out, scoring Rankin on the sacrifice fly.
Nevada got a run back in the seventh as a groundout from Kort drove in a runner from third base.
In the ninth, Conley led off with his third homer, hitting another to left to increase the UW lead to 7-4.
Rankin finished the day 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple and three runs scored. Bethel also had three hits for the UW. Conley's final line was 3-for-3 with three runs, seven RBI and a walk.
Next up for the Huskies is a two-game series at Gonzaga Tuesday and Wednesday, though the forecast for Spokane (high temperatures below freezing) could change that. Should there be any change in the week's schedule, it will be announced here at gohuskies.com. Next weekend, the Huskies host San Francisco in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 7, Nevada 4Washington 003 020 101 -- 7 12 2Nevada 010 200 100 -- 4 11 1Jason Erickson, Geoff Brown (4), Jacob Clem (7),Brian Pearl (8) and Pierce Rankin. Chris Garcia, DanielTinlin (5), Bryan Suarez (7), Jacob Anderson (8), BeauWitsoe (8) and Travis Simas. W - Brown (1-0). L - Garcia(0-2). Sv - Pearl (2). 2B - UW, Rankin, Andy Bethel. 3B -UW, Rankin. HR - UW, Kyle Conley 3 (7). T - 2:49. A - 756.