UW Eliminates Texas Tech With 3-1 Win
June 1, 2002
HOUSTON - A two-run homer from junior Tyler Davidson in the bottom of the first inning accounted forall the runs the Washington baseball team would need as Clay Johnson pitched brilliantly ina 3-1 win over Texas Tech Saturday night in NCAA Regional play at Reckling Park.
The win moved the Huskies (32-26-1) into championship Sunday, where they'll take onRice, needing two wins to win the regional. The loss ends the season for Texas Tech (42-20), which beat Washington, 5-4, Friday night on a ninth-inning run. Earlier in the daySaturday, the Huskies eliminated Harvard from postseason play with a 4-2 win.
'It got down to only swing early,' Husky coach Ken Knutson said. 'Clay pitchedspectacularly. He's been pitching like that for a while. It was a really good ball game.'
The Huskies got only five hits in the win as Tech starter Nathan Fouts (8-7) suffered atough loss, surrending three runs on three hits over seven innings of work. He no-hit theUW in innings two through seven.
Johnson, a sophomore from Elma, improved to 3-2 with the win. He gave up five hits, onerun and walked three in the game while fanning only one Raiders hitter.
Washington got all the runs it would need in the bottom of the first. ShortstopTila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) reached on a one-out double and Davidson(Edmonds/Meadowdale), who homered in last night's game vs. Texas Tech, went theopposite way, driving his 15th homer of the season over the right-field wall to give theHuskies a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Red Raiders, who were shut out 6-0 by Rice earlier in the day to dropinto the losers' bracket, had a chance to break a 12-inning scoreless streak as a single andtwo walks loaded the bases.
Johnson, however, got out of the jam without any damage being done. A shallow flyout byTravis McElroy was the first out and, on a safety squeeze attempt, where the pitch wastaken by batter Jake Brown, Gera Alvarez strayed too far off of third base and was pickedoff by Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River). A flyout to right byBrown ended the inning with no runs scored.
In the eighth, Raiders leadoff hitter Jon Slack singled and, after two outs, sophomoreBrian Carter (Woodinville) came in to relieve Johnson. Carter's first pitch to catcher WillieDurazo was belted for a double, driving in Slack with Tech's first run. The Raiders hadgone 16 innings without a run. Husky closer Tyler Shepple (Arvada, Colo.) came on andstruck out pinch hitter Cody Fuller to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Reynolds led off with a single, breaking a streak of sevenhitless innings. After an out, Reynolds stole second and moved to third when Durazo'sthrow to second base went long. Freshman Kyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake) followedwith his first hit of the tournament in 11 at bats, driving in Reynolds with the UW's thirdrun of the game.
Shepple worked the ninth inning as well, recording his sixth save of the year.
The Huskies will need to beat Rice twice Sunday, while the Owls need only one win to winthe regional. The regional champ will take on the winner of a regional in Baton Rouge, La.,in a best-of-three Super Regional next weekend.
LINESCORENCAA Regionals, Houston, TexasWashington 3, Texas Tech 1Texas Tech 000 000 010 -- 1 6 2Washington 200 000 01x -- 3 5 0Nathan Fouts, J.J. Newman (8), Matt Harbin (8), Steve Rowe (8) and Willie Durazo.Clay Johnson, Brian Carter (8), Tyler Shepple (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Johnson (3-2). L - Fouts (8-7). Sv - Shepple (6). 2B - TT, Scooter Jordan, Durazo; UW,Tila Reynolds. HR - UW, Tyler Davidson (15). T - 3:02. A - 2,313.