Cherry's Bomb Leads UW Past Gonzaga, 14-7

April 7, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington baseball team took advantage of several crucial errors and Doug Cherry drove in five runs with two doubles and a homer in a 14-7 win over Gonzaga Tuesday at Patterson Baseball Complex.

The Huskies (11-19) snapped a six-game losing streak with the win while Gonzaga fell to 21-9 on the season.

Reliever Geoff Brown (2-3) earned the win for the Huskies, giving up one earned run over two innings. Gonzaga starter Tyler Olson (1-1) worked three and two-thirds for the loss.

Washington grabbed the early lead with a run in the third. Caleb Brown was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt. After an out, Cherry blooped a double down the right-field line, scoring Brown to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Gonzaga, however, answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. After a single, a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. One run came in on an Evan Wells groundout and a second scored on a bunt single from Drew Heid, giving the Zags a 2-1 edge.

But, Washington was quick with a reply, rallying for four two-out runs in fourth inning. With two on and two down, Brendan Gardner-Young singled to right to score one, tying the game at 2-2. After a pitching change, Cherry smashed his third home run of the season to right-center, giving Washington a 5-2 lead.

Gonzaga got two back in the fourth on shortstop Ernesto Ortiz's two-out, two-run single.

But the scoring continued in the fifth as Washington scored three runs on only one hit to stretch the lead to 8-4. Justin Gunn reached on a third-strike wild pitch and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Caleb Brown and two more came in on an errant throw from the shortstop Ortiz.

Gonzaga, however, continued to answer. After scoring one in the fifth thanks to a two-out error, they added two more in the sixth on a two-run double from Tyson Van Winkle, cutting the UW lead to 8-7.

In the seventh, the Huskies capitalized on a crucial error to score five more. With two outs, after Conley was intentionally walked for the third time to put two on, Jacob Clem hit a fly ball to left that was dropped by Mark Castillitto, allowing both runners to score. Then, after a walk, senior Jake Rife launched his first homer of the year to right field, a three-run shot that made it a 13-7 Husky lead.

Cherry belted a two-out double in the eighth to drive in his fifth of the game.

Aside from Cherry's three hits and five RBI, the Huskies got two hits and four runs from Caleb Brown, three hits and three RBI from Rife and, as a team, the Huskies stole even bases on seven attempts.

Thursday through Saturday, California comes to Seattle for a three-game Pac-10 series. Thursday and Friday, game time is 6:30 p.m. while Saturday's game begins at 12 noon. The Thursday game will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 14, Gonzaga 7Washington    001 430 510 -- 14 13 1Gonzaga       002 212 000 --  7 13 4Tyler Cheney, Geoff Brown (4), Seth Haehl (6), Paul Dickey(8), Brian Pearl (9) and Brady McGuire. Tyler Olson, C.J.McClure (4), Jacob Hiatt (5), Andrew Danner (8), KyleAdkins (9) and Tyson Van Winkle. W - Brown (2-3). L - Olson(1-1). 2B - UW, Doug Cherry; GU, Van Winkle. HR - UW,Cherry (3), Jake Rife (1). T - 3:28. A - 536.
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