Lillibridge, Larsen Rally UW Past UCSB, 6-5

Feb. 8, 2003

MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman Brent Lillibridge, playing in his first college game, singled up the middle to drive in Greg Issacson with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, capping a two-run inning and leading Washington to a 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara Saturday at the Battle of the Beach Tournament at Pepperdine.

The Huskies entered the inning trailing 5-4, but Husky first baseman Kyle Larsen led off the inning with a homer off of Gaucho closer Jared Edrosolan to tie the game. Chad Boudon followed with a single and was lifted for Isaacson, a pinch runner. A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch moved Isaacson to third base. After the wild pitch, the UCSB catcher signalled for an intentional walk, but instead Edrosolan delivered a pitch down the middle as the catcher sneaked back into his crouch, and Lillibridge, a second baseman from Everett's Jackson High, connected with a single back up the middle.

An RBI single by UCSB center fielder Matt Emerick that drove in Josh Fulton broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh to give the Gauchos a one-run lead.

Washington, which was shut out by Pepperdine 1-0 Friday, scored its first run of the year in the second inning. Mike Wagner walked and moved to third on a passed ball and a flyout. Boudon, a Shorewood High grad who transferred from Hawaii, singled home Wagner in his first Husky at bat to give the UW a 1-0 lead.

UCSB went in front with a pair of runs in the second. Josh McCanne singled and eventually came around on a slow roller in front of the plate from Nate Sutton. Sutton scored when a fly ball from Fulton, who played at Washington in 2000, was misplayed by Wagner, the UW left fielder. Fulton made it to third on the play, but was called out on an appeal after failing to touch second base.

In the third, UW center fielder Justin Drake, back from two years of injury, singled for the second time in the game. Drake stole second, moved to third on a Tila Reynolds single and scored on a sacrifice fly from third baseman John Otness.

In the bottom of the third, UCSB's Chris Malec doubled and scored on a home run from right fielder Matt Wilkerson. After two walks, Husky starter Jeff Petersen was relieved by sophomore lefty David Dowling, who didn't surrender a run until the seventh.

The Huskies (1-1) cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth when catcher Jefferson Thiel was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around when sophomore Taylor Johnson doubled to right field. In the seventh, Washington tied it at 4-4. Johnson struck out, but reached first when the thrid strike went to the backstop. Johnson moved to third on Lillibridge's single and scored on Drake's third base hit of the day.

Drake finished 3-for-5 with a stolen base, a run and an RBI. Dowling, who earned the win, gave up only one run on five hits and struck out five over five and two-third innings. Lefty Brian Carter got the final two outs with runners at first and third for his first save. Edrosolan (0-1) suffered the loss for the Gauchos (2-4).

Washington closes out its season-opening weekend Sunday with a 10 a.m. game vs. 11th-ranked Houston.

LINESCOREBattle at the Beach, Malibu, Calif.Washington 6, UC Santa Barbara 5Washington     011 100 102 -- 6 10 2UCSB           022 000 100 -- 5 10 0Jeff Petersen, David Dowling (3), Brian Carter (9) and Jefferson Thiel, Aaron Hathaway(6). Sean Thompson, Jared Segal (7), Alex McRobbie (8), Jared Edrosolan (9) andTaylor Vogt, Chad Ziemendorf (8). W - Dowling (1-0). L - Edrosolan (0-1). Sv - Carter (1).2B - UW, Taylor Johnson; UCSB, Chris Malec. HR - UW, Kyle Larsen (1); UCSB, MattWilkerson (1). T - 3:09. A - 223.
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