Huskies Fall To Dons, 6-5, In 13 Innings

March 14, 2009

SEATTLE - USF first baseman Stephen Yarrow's 13th-inning solo homer lifted San Francisco to a 6-5 win over the Washington baseball team Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The game went to extra innings tied at 5-5. The Huskies loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th and had runners at first and third with one out in the 12th, but Dons reliever Alex Kalogrides (1-3) worked out of the jam both times. He picked up the win with four innings of work. UW reliever Geoff Brown, who surrendered the homer to the second batter he faced, suffered the loss, dropping to 1-1 on the year.

Washington (6-8) trailed by scores of 3-0, 4-3 and 5-4, but came back to tie the game each time. But, after Yarrow's one-out homer in the top of the 13th, they couldn't pull the trick again.

USF (7-10) broke through for the game's first runs in the top of the fourth. After catcher Ryan Lipkin led off with a double and moved to third on a bunt, Chris Dittman singled through the middle to score him.

After another single and a wild pitch put runners at second and third, Dane Braunecker singled to drive home two more, giving the Dons a 3-0 lead.

Dons starter Doug Murray, in the meantime, held the Huskies hitless through the first four and one-third innings. Then, with one out in the fifth, the Huskies got three consecutives singles to load the bases. Freshman Andy Bethel followed by slapping a single through the left side, scoring two.

After a second out, Pierce Rankin then extended his hitting streak to 13 with an infield single that drove in Brendan Gardner-Young, tying the score at 3-3.

In the top of the sixth, the Dons went back on top as Derek Poppert walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single from Drew Johnson, giving USF a 4-3 edge.

The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. After a double from Troy Scott and a walk to Brett Wilcox put runners at the corners with one out, Jake Rife hit a near-certain double play grounder, but second baseman Robert Abel bobbled the ball as he took it to the bag, allowing the tying run to score.

Washington had the chance to grab its first lead in the seventh, but with the bases loaded, a would-be sacrifice fly from Ty Rasmussen resulted in a double play as Julien Pollard, who scored on the play, was judged on appeal to have left third base too early, resulting in the third out.

The Dons went back on top in the eighth when Poppert singled, stole second and scored on a single from Stephen Yarrow, making the score 5-4.

But, once again, the UW came back. In the bottom of the eighth, Rife singled with one out. After a second out, he advanced two bases on back-to-back wild pitches before scoring as Bethel laced a double to the gap in right-center, tying the score at 5-5.

In the 10th, the UW loaded the bases on a hit batter, an error and a single, but Kalogrides got a strikeout, popout and a groundout to end the threat. In the 12th, the Huskies had another golden opportunity with runners at the corners with one out, but Kalogrides wriggled off the hook again with a strikeout and a groundout.

The series concludes with a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday. Live video of the game is available at

LINESCORENon-Conference GameSan Francisco 6, Washington 5, 13 inningsSan Francisco    000 301 010 000 1 -- 6 14 3Washington       000 031 010 000 0 -- 5 11 1Doug Murray, Garrett Luippold (6), Cameron Love (7), BobMott (8), Matt Chavez (9), Alex Kalogrides (10) and RyanLipkin. Tyler Cheney, Ben Guidos (6), Brian Pearl (8),Geoff Brown (13) and Brett Wilcox, Pierce Rankin (11). W -Kalogrides (1-3). L - Brown (1-1). 2B - USF, Lipkin; UW,Troy Scott, Andy Bethel. HR - USF, Stephen Yarrow (1). T -4:04. A - 278.
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