Gonzaga Comes Back To Beat UW, 7-5

April 3, 2002

SEATTLE - Gonzaga scored two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to overcomea 5-2 deficit and hand the Washington baseball team a 7-5 loss Wednesday nightin the second game of a two-game non-conference series. The Zags (16-14) sweptthe pair of games from the Huskies (12-12-1).

Husky starter Clay Johnson, making his first start in a month, pitched well, butgot no decision. The sophomore from Elma worked the first six innings, allowingonly two runs on three hits while striking out six. Reliever Greg Colburn(Helena, Mont.) suffered the loss, allowing the three runs in the eighth.

Gonzaga sophmore reliever Matt Reding picked up his first career victory,working the final three innings, holding the Huskies to only one hit whilestriking out two.

After being held scoreless through the first three innings, the Huskies strungtogether three runs in the fourth on five hits and a sacrifice fly. A sac flyfrom Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) opened the scoring and a double from DHJohn Otness (Tacoma/Wilson) drove in the second run. An RBI single by catcherAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River) drove in the third run of the inning.

The Zags battled back with single runs in the fourth and fifth. Nate Goldsingled to drive in Grant Zurmely in the fourth before Kyle Rajsich walked andeventually scored on a groundout in the fifth.

Washington added two more in the fifth after Steve Hare had come on to relievefor the Bulldogs. Hare loaded the bases before walking UW first basemanBryan Johnson (Ephrata). Done followed with his second sacrifice fly, this oneto the warning track in center field, and the Huskies led 5-2.

After the Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the seventh on a run-scoring doublefrom Sam Hess and an RBI single by Kevin Cave, catcher Kevin Richardson tied itat 5-5 in the eighth when he led off the inning with his seventh home run of theseason.

Gonzaga pulled ahead later in the eighth when Jeff Culpepper was hit by a pitchand eventually came around on a passed ball. Brian Munhall made it 7-5 when hescored on a fielder's choice.

Richardson, who's homer tied the game, struck out in his other four at bats. TheZags got two hits from Hesss to lead the offense. Bryan Johnson, Jay Garthwaite(Kent/Kent-Meridian) and Mike Wagner (Woodinville) each had two hits forWashington.

The Huskies return to the road this weekend for a three-game series at Missouri.All three games will air on radio via the Tigers' website: www.mutigers.com.

LINESCOREGonzaga 7, Washington 5Gonzaga        000 110 230 -- 7  9 1Washington     000 320 000 -- 5 10 1John Gonzalez, Steve Hare (5), Matt Reding (6) and Grant Richardson.Clay Johnson, Randy Vanderplow (7), Greg Colburn (8), Zack Daniels (8),Tyler Shepple (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Reding (1-0). L - Colburn (1-1). 2B -GU, Sam Hess, UW, John Otness. HR - GU, Kevin Richardson (7). T - 3:05. A - 525.
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