Huskies Belt Five Homers To Beat WSU, 10-9
April 13, 2002
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team built a 10-4 lead thanks to five home runs, buthad to hold on to win as Washington State scored five in the ninth. The Huskies took gametwo of the three-game series, 10-9, throwing the tying run out at the plate and then leavinganother potential tying run at second in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon at HuskyBallpark.
Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the second, the Huskies got solo homers from juniorBryan Johnson (Ephrata), senior Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.) and freshmanAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River) to take a 3-2 lead.
A five-run Husky inning in the third was highlighted by a two-run homer from sophomoreDH John Otness and Johnson added his second homer of the day and seventh of the seasonin the sixth inning, providing what proved to be the winning runs.
In the ninth, down 10-4, the Cougars rallied as the first five batters of the inning reachedbase and scored, helped along by two Husky errors. With Justin Hart at third baserepresenting the tying run with one out, Husky closer Tyler Shepple (Arvada, Colo.) gotJeff LaRue to ground sharply to shortstop Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty). Reynolds threwhome and got Hart in a rundown, allowing LaRue to reach second before the tag wasapplied for the second out.
Shepple then struck out former Washington outfielder Tyson Boston, who transferred toWSU after the 1999 season, to end the game.
Husky starter Sean White (Mercer Island) scattered 11 hits, all singles, over six and two-thirds innings to improve his record to 3-2 on the season. WSU's Garrett Alwert gave upfive runs over two and two-thirds for the loss as WSU fell to 14-19 overall and 2-6 in thePac-10.
Johnons finished 2-for-2 with two homers and three RBI for the Huskies (14-17-1, 2-3)while Done finished with a single, a double and a homer in four at bats. The Cougars gotthree hits and five runs batted in from Hart while Bookie Gates went 4-for-5 with foursingles.
The Huskies and Cougars wrap up the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live onKKNW AM-1150.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 10, Washington State 9Wash. St. 020 200 005 -- 9 16 0Washington 035 002 00x -- 10 14 2Garrett Alwert, Bryce Chamberlin (3) and Jon Baeder. Sean White, Will Fenton (7),Tyler Shepple (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - White (3-2). L - Alwert (2-3). 2B - WSU,Baeder, UW, Michael Done. HR - UW, Bryan Johnson 2 (7), Done (7), Hathaway (1),John Otness (1). T - 2:51. A - 559.