UW Baseball Rallies In Ninth to Beat Cal, 5-4

April 27, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington baseball team rallied for three runs with two outs inthe top of the ninth inning to hand California a 5-4 loss Saturday afternoon in the secondgame of a three-game Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond.

The win kept put Huskies (19-19-1 overall, 7-4 Pac-10) in a tie for second place inthe Pac-10 while Cal fell to 26-21 overall and 8-9 in the league.

Cal ace Trevor Hutchinson started the ninth by walking Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.)and getting a flyout from Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River) before a doublefrom Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) put runners at second and third.

Matt Brown, the Pac-10's top closer, came in and struck out freshman Taylor Johnson(Vancouver/Skyview) for the second out, but Husky shortstop Tila Reynolds(Renton/Liberty) tripled down the right field line to drive in the two runners. FreshmanKyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake) followed with a single to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead.

UW reliever Trevor Gibson (Enumclaw), who struck out Carson White to end the eighthinning, picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-0. Freshman Will Fenton(Kingston/North Kitsap) got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the ninth,fanning Justin Nelson and Jeff Dragicevich for his first career save. The win was the firstfor the Huskies this year after they'd trailed after eight innings.

Both teams had scoring chances through the first four innings, but neither could get on theboard until the Huskies scored two in the fifth. Isaacson reached on a one-out single, stolesecond and scored on a single from Taylor Johnson. After Reynolds reached on a buntsingle, Johnson scored from third on a groundout by Larsen.

The Bears responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but looked like they might scoremore. The first three batters of the inning reached on singles, with White's base hit drivingin Brad Smith. But with runners at first and third, Conor Jackson flied out to right fielderTaylor Johnson, who threw out David Weiner at the plate. The inning ended when catcherHathaway picked off White at second base.

Cal tied the game with a run in the sixth. UW starter Sean White (Mercer Island) hit JohnBaker with a pitch to start the inning and, after a sacrifice bunt, gave up a single to pinchhitter Chris Grossman. Freshman David Dowling (Kirkland/Juanita) came on and alloweda high-chopped single over first base to score Baker, but then got a double play to end theinning with the scored tied at 2-2.

The Bears broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when Dowling loaded the bases on two singles anda walk before third baseman David Nicholson doubled to left, driving in two runs to giveCal its first lead of the day at 4-2.

With four strikeouts on the day, Hutchinson, a senior right-hander, became the Bears'career strikeouts leader. With 276 Ks in his career, Hutchinson eclipsed Doug Weiss, whofanned 275 between 1955 and 1957.

The Huskies go for the series sweep Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 5, California 4Washington      000 020 000 -- 5 10 0California      000 011 20x -- 4 14 1Sean White, David Dowling (6), Tyler Shepple (7), Brian Carter (8), Trevor Gibson (8),Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. Trevor Hutchinson, Matt Brown (9), Jesse Ingram(9) and John Baker. W - Gibson (1-0). L - Brown (5-2). Sv - Fenton (1). 2B - UW,Tyler Davidson, Greg Isaacson; Cal, David Nicholson. 3B - UW, Tila Reynolds. T - 3:38.A - 351.
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