UW Baseball Win Streak At Seven With 9-5 Win At OSU

March 12, 2003

CORVALLIS - The Washington baseball team extended its winning streak to sevengames Wednesday with its second straight 9-5 win over Oregon State in the second gameof a two-game, non-conference series at Goss Stadium.

The Huskies, who trailed 3-0 and 5-3 in the game, scored three in the sixth and three in theeighth to pull out the win. The UW improved to 11-6 on the year while OSU fell to 9-9.

Husky senior Tila Reynolds, playing with or against two younger brothers -- UWfreshman center fielder Simi and OSU junior DH Kerisi -- went 2-for-3 in the game,scoring two runs, driving in two and walking twice. Second baseman Nick Batkoski,making only his second start of the season, went 2-for-5 with a three RBIs.

Oregon State scored the game's first run when left fielder Seth Pietsch led off the secondinning with his fifth home run of the season. The Beavers added two more in the inning,taking advantage of the first error of UW first baseman Kyle Larsen's career. Larsen, asophomore, had successfully fielded 621 chances before making the error.

With runners at first and second, Chris Biles grounded a double-play ball to Larsen, whoseemingly looked to throw to second before getting the ball in his glove and had it get pasthim into right field. Jacoby Ellsbury, who had singled, scored from second on the playwhile Tony Calderon moved to third. Catcher Billy Munich grounded into a double play,allowing Calderon to score and giving the Beavers a 3-0 lead.

The Huskies scored a run in the third when Tila Reynolds singled, stole second and scoredon a single from Batkoski.

In the fifth, with runners at first and second and one out, Reynolds drove in a second UWrun with a single. An RBI groundout from Batkoski tied the game at 3-3.

The Beavers, however, took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth. UW starterClay Johnson got an out and then walked two batters. As the Huskies brought in freshmanreliever Matt Kasser, a brief rain delay held things up. Kasser hit Rob Recuenco with apitch to load the bases and then walked Kerisi Reynolds and Andy Jarvis to force in tworuns. Kasser ended the inning without any more runs coming across, striking out Pietschand getting Ellsbury to ground out.

The pendulum swung back the other way in the sixth. With one out, Taylor Johnsonsingled and moved to third on an Aaron Hathaway double. Chad Boudon's single scoredJohnson and John Otness reached when his line drive hit an umpire, resulting in a singlewith the runner at third having to stay put. With the bases loaded, reliever Kenny Andersondelivered a wild pitch, allowing Hathaway to score a run to tie the game at 5-5.

Anderson walked Simi Reynolds to reload the bases and was relieved by Kurt Steele.Steele walked Tila Reynolds to force in a run, giving the Huskies a 6-5 lead, but then gotthe next two batters to pop out to end the inning.

The Huskies extended their lead to 9-5 with three runs in the eighth on RBIs fromBatkoski, Larsen and Mike Wagner.

Kasser (1-0), making only his second collegiate appearance, got the win despite workingonly two-thirds of an inning. Senior Scott Robertson held the Beavers to only one hit andstruck out four over the final four innings to earn his first save of the season. For thesecond straight day, Anderson (1-2) suffered the loss.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark this weekend for their final three home games ofMarch. The UW takes on Cal State Northridge in a three-game series beginning Fridaynight at 6:30 p.m. The 1:00 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday will both air on KKNWAM-1150.

LINESCOREWashington 9, Oregon State 5Washington     001 023 030 -- 9 11 1Oregon St.     030 020 000 -- 5  5 2Clay Johnson, Matt Kasser (5), Scott Robertson (6) and Aaron Hathaway. Ben Rowe,Nathan Pendley (5), Kenny Anderson (6), Kurt Steele (6), Andy Baldwin (8) and BillyMunich, Paul Richie (6), Ian McMullen (9). W- Kasser (1-0). L - Anderson (1-2). Sv -Robertson (1). 2B - UW, Hathaway. HR - OSU, Seth Pietsch (5). T - 3:24. A - 278.Records: UW 11-6, OSU 9-9.
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