Russell's Pinch Hit Leads UW Past OSU, 4-3

May 10, 2009

SEATTLE - Aaron Russell's pinch-hit, run-scoring double in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and led the Washington baseball team to a 4-3 win over 25th-ranked Oregon State Sunday at Chaffey Field at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies (23-24 overall, 12-9 in the Pac-10) won the series, two games to one and have now won eight of their last nine conference games. The Beavers dropped to 29-14 and 12-9 in the league.

Freshman reliever Seth Haehl (3-1) picked up the win, allowing a run over his one and one-third innings. OSU reliever Kraig Sitton (1-3) suffered the loss with one run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Husky closer Brian Pearl notched his eighth save as he came on to open the eighth inning and allowed only one baserunner over the final two innings.

Washington scored the game's first run in the second, though only barely. After loading the bases on a single and two walks with no outs, Reyes got a strikeout and a popout. But, Brendan Gardner-Young drew a walk on a full-count pitch to force a run across, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

However, the Beavers answered quickly as Michael Miller led off the third with a double and, after taking third base on a bunt, he scored on a Ryan Ortiz sacrifice fly, tying the score a 1-1.

In the fifth, Oregon State moved in front, 2-1, as Joey Wong singled and eventually scored on a two-out single from Adalberto Santos.

In the bottom of fifth, the Huskies tied the score when sophomore Brendan Gardner-Young led off the inning by driving a ball the opposite way for his first career homer.

The Huskies followed the homer with a single from Pierce Rankin and a walk to Jake Rife, ending the day for OSU starter Jorge Reyes. Ryan Gorton came on and got one out, but Troy Scott laced a single to center to send in Rankin and give the Huskies a 3-2 advantage.

The Beavers drew even once again at 3-3 in the seventh when Santos led off with a single and eventually scored on a from Stefen Romero.

Washington finally grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff single from Caleb Brown and a sacrifice that moved him to second, Russell came off the bench and lined a double off the wall in left field.

The Huskies close out the 2009 home schedule with a pair of 6:30 p.m. games against BYU Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, the UW hits the road for its final six games of the regular season, traveling to Arizona next Saturday through Monday before taking on Washington State in Pullman the following weekend.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 4, #25 Oregon State 3Oregon State    001 010 100 -- 3 8 0Washington      010 020 10x -- 4 6 1Jorge Reyes, Ryan Gorton (5), Kraig Sitton (6), SamGaviglio (7), Josh Osich (7) and Ryan Ortiz.Andrew Kittredge, Geoff Brown (5), Seth Haehl (6),Brian Pearl (8) and Brett Wilcox. W - Haehl (3-1). L -Sitton (1-3). Sv - Pearl (8). 2B - OSU, Michael Miller; UW,Aaron Russell. HR - UW, Brendan Gardner-Young (1). T -3:11. A - 825.
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