Zags Hand UW 3-2 Loss In Home Finale

May 15, 2001

SEATTLE - Gonzaga scored a run in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and held on to beat Washington, 3-2, inthe Huskies' final home game of the 2001 season Tuesday at rain-soaked Husky Ballpark.The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and will not bemade up.

The Bulldogs (27-25) next travel to Pepperdine for a best-of-three playoff for the WestCoast Conference championship. The Huskies (29-20) head to Tucson this weekend for athree-game Pac-10 series at Arizona to close out the year.

In the ninth, the Bulldogs had runners at second and third with one out before UW relieverTyler Shepple fanned John Gebbers for the second out. Shepple was seemingly out of thejam when pinch hitter Kyle Rasjich hit a hard grounder to first, but first basemanBryan Johnson misplayed the hot shot for an error, allowing Nate Gold to score the go-ahead run.

Shepple, who allowed only one hit and struck out three in two innings of relief, sufferedthe hard-luck loss to fall to 0-5 on the year. In the bottom of the ninth, Husky sophomoreTyler Davidson lead off with a double, but was stranded at second.

Phil Banta (1-0) worked four scoreless relief innings, allowing only two hits, for thevictory. GU starter Errol Simonitsch gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings. Huskystarter Clay Johnson surrendered only two hits and a pair of unearned runs over seveninnings of work.

The Husky starting batting order included only one regular starter, though freshmanSteve Ramsey came up big, finishing with two doubles and an RBI in three at bats. Thefirst baseman from Redmond had only had two prior hits in 10 career at bats. His double inthe third drove home fellow freshman Mike Wagner to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

Gonzaga tied it at 2-2 in the fifth when an error opened the door for two unearned runs.Gebbers reached on an error and scored on a Danny Evans double. Evans eventuallyscored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Brian Munhall.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameGonzaga 3, Washington 2Gonzaga       000 020 001 -- 3 3 1Washington    001 100 000 -- 2 8 3Error Simonitsch, Phil Banta (6) and Brian Munhall. Clay Johnson, Tyler Shepple (8) andBen Johnson, Jefferson Thiel (8). W - Banta (1-0). L - Shepple (0-5). 2B - GU, DannyEvans, UW, Steve Ramsey 2, Tyler Davidson. T - 2:54. A - 317.second game of scheduled doubleheader cancelled due rain, no makeup.
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