UC Irvine Jumps On UW, Wins 7-3

April 10, 2002

SEATTLE - UC Irvine scored six runs in the top of the first inning and then hung on tosplit its two-game series with the Washington baseball team with a 7-3 win Wednesday atHusky Ballpark.

The Anteaters (22-17) jumped on UW sophomore starter Jeff Petersen (Kent/Kentwood)for six runs in the first. Catcher Chris Miller got the scoring started with a three-run homer,his team-high eighth of the season. Later in the inning, Elliot Salcedo singled home one runand shortstop B.J. Eucce singled to drive in two more.

The Huskies (13-16-1) seemed ready to get back in the game in the bottom of the first astheir first three batters reached base off of UCI ace Sean Tracey. After singles fromTila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) and Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) started the bottom ofthe first inning, junior Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian) doubled to drive in bothrunners. Through 30 games, Garthwaite now has 47 RBI, one more than his total of 46last year, which led the team.

However, Tracey (6-3) settled in, getting three straight outs after Garthwaite's double. Hewent on to pitch five innings, allowing only the two runs on eight hits while striking outtwo.

Three UW relievers -- sophomore Brian Carter (Woodinville) and freshmen Will Fenton(Kingston/North Kitsap) and Josh Conover (Kirkland/Lake Washington) -- held theAnteaters to only one run the rest of the way. The three combined to allow seven hits andone walk while striking out eight over eight and one-third innings. Fenton fanned fourbatters in three innings while Conover struck out three in two innings.

The Huskies added a run in the eighth when pinch hitter Steve Ramsey(Redmond/Eastlake) drove in Bryan Johnson (Ephrata) with a groundout. CatcherAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River), left fielder Mike Wagner (Woodinville) andReynolds had two hits apiece for the Huskies.

First baseman Matt Anderson, who singled and scored on Miller's homer in the first, hadthree hits on the day while Salcedo and Eucce each finished with two hits and two runsbatted in. Right fielder Chris Klemm added two doubles for UCI.

The Huskies return to conference play this weekend when they play host to WashingtonState in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. Friday's opener starts at 6:30 p.m. whileSaturday and Sunday, game time is 1:00 p.m. All three games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and over the internet at www.newschannel1150.com.

LINESCOREUC Irvine 7, Washington 3UC Irvine      600 010 000 -- 7 14 0Washington     200 000 010 -- 3 11 0Sean Tracey, Brett Smith (6), Michael Koehler (9) and Chris Miller. Jeff Petersen,Brian Carter (1), Will Fenton (5), Josh Conover (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Tracey (6-3). L - Petersen (1-2). 2B - UCI, Chris Klemm 2, Matt Anderson, UW, Jay Garthwaite.HR - UCI, Miller (8). T - 3:05. A - 217.
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