Cougars Fall To Washington 8-3

March 20, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. -- - Box ScoreThe Washington Huskies battled back from a three-run first inning deficit to hand the visiting Washington State Cougars an 8-3 loss in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday evening at Husky Ball Park.

Nick Kenyon (0-1), in relief of WSU (8-15) starter Zach Fisher, took the loss. Jamin Svendsen and Tony Auckland also saw action on the mound for the Cougars, with Auckland striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth.

Zack Daniels (2-0) picked up the win for Washington (12-4), throwing four innings in relief of starter Jeff Carlson. The two Husky hurlers combined to hold WSU to just two hits, both coming in the first inning. For the final eight innings, Washington pitchers allowed just four base runners, three by walks and one on a catcher's interference.

While WSU pitchers did allow nine hits, they also struck out a season-high 12 batters and gave up just three walks.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of three stolen bases and a passed ball, along with Tyson Boston's two-run home run.

With one out, Mike Knight singled to left and when Stefan Bailie struck out, Knight stole second. Bookie Gates followed with a walk and Knight moved to third when the pitch got past Husky catcher Tim Rice for a passed ball. Knight then stole home with WSU's first run after Gates was trapped off first base. Gates was able to scramble back to first on the ensuing play at the plate.

Boston then followed with his third home run of the year, a two run shot over the left center field fence to score Gates.

Washington responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and then tied the game in the second with a single tally. Tila Reynolds plated Washington's first run with a sacrifice fly in the first and later in the inning Michael Done singled home their second run. In the second, Reynolds picked up his second run batted in without benefit of a hit when his ground out to short scored John Otness from third.

Washington took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when Done, the first Husky batter to face new Cougar pitcher Nick Kenyon, blasted a home run over the right field fence.

Kenyon continued to have trouble in the seventh when Washington pushed across four runs on just two hits. The Cougar hurler walked the first to batters he faced and then surrendered a run-scoring double to center by Bryan Johnson.

Cougar coach Tim Mooney then went back to his bullpen, calling on freshman Jamin Svendsen, who gave up a two-run double to Jay Garthwaite. The Husky batter continued to third when Boston had trouble corralling the ball in the left field corner, then came home on Tyler Davidson's sacrifice fly to center. Svendsen then settled down to retire Done and Wagner.

WSU 300 000 000 - 3 2 1
Washington 210 001 40X - 8 9 1
Zack Fisher, Nick Kenyon (6), Jamin Svendsen (7), Tony Auckland (8) and Jon Baeder.
Jeff Carlsen, Zack Daniels (6) and Tim Rice.
W - Daniels (2-0). L - Kenyon (0-1). Save - None. HR - Boston (3), Done (3).
T - 2:38. A - 699.
WSU Hits - Knight, Boston.
UW Hits - Jacobson, Davidson, Done 2, Otness, Rice 2, Johnson, Garthwaite.
E - Boston, Rice. 2B - Jacobsen, Johnson, Garthwaite.

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