Baseball Closes Weekend With 10-9 Loss
Feb. 24, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Washington baseball closed out its season-opening weekend with a 12-inning, 10-9loss to Illinois Saturday at the Illini Desert Classic. The Huskies finished the trip with a 2-1record.
The teams traded early runs before Illinois reliever Reilly Smith and Husky reliever MikeBomar settled into a pitchers' duel. Bomar worked four and two-thirds no-hit inningsbefore surrendering a single in the ninth. In the meantime, the Huskies scratched two runsoff of Smith.
In the fifth, Bryan Johnson walked, moved to second when Thiel was hit by a pitch, tookthird on a flyout and scored on a passed ball. In the seventh, the Huskies tied the game at8-8 when Brandon Jacobson was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a Jay Garthwaite doubleand scored on an unusual sacrifice fly when Thiel popped out to the second baseman, butJacobson managed to beat the throw home.
Smith would hold the Huskies until the 10th when he gave up singles to Garthwaite andMichael Done to put runners at first and third with one down. Ben Miller followed with thesuccessful squeeze bunt to give Washington the a short-lived 9-8 lead. In the bottom of the10th, Joe Parenti singled home Andy Hilligoss as Illinois tied the game at 9-9. Illinois (2-2)won the game in the 12th when, with the bases loaded and two outs, Done, the UW thirdbaseman, overthrew first base, allowing Greg Belcher to score.
Bomar ended up throwing five and two-thirds, allowing two hits and no runs whilefanning six.
The Huskies travel to face UC Riverside in a three-game series next weekend.
LINESCOREat Tucson Electric ParkIllinois 10, Washington 9, 12 inningsWashington 123 010 100 100 -- 9 11 3Illinois 030 500 000 101 -- 10 15 0Clay Johnson, Mike Bomar (4), Scott Robertson (10), Taylor Grant (10) and Jefferson Thiel.Ryan Kvasnicka, Reilly Smith (3), Matt Vorwald (10) and Jeff Gertz. W - Vorvald (1-1).L - Grant (0-1). 2B - UW, Ben Miller, Bryan Johnson, Thiel, Michael Done. T - 4:15. A -226.