Wagner Homers Twice As UW Beats No. 3 ASU, 5-1

May 17, 2003

SEATTLE - Right fielder Mike Wagner belted two home runs and senior starter Sean White threwsix solid innings as the Washington baseball team beat third-ranked Arizona State, 5-1, in the firstgame of an important three-game Pac-10 series Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The game was the third straight in which a Husky hit two homers. Wagner, a junior fromWoodinville, upped his season total to 13, second on the team.

Washington, hoping to finish over .500 in conference play, took another step toward that goal,improving to 36-15 overall and 11-8 in the Pac-10 with five games left to play. Historically, anover-.500 Pac-10 record is good for an NCAA tournament invitation. ASU fell to 46-11 overalland 12-7 in conference.

White, who had a streak of eight straight wins over Pac-10 opposition broken last weekend in aloss at UCLA, got back on track with a strong outing against the Sun Devils. The righty fromMercer Island worked six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out three. Heimproved his season record to 7-4.

ASU took a 1-0 lead in the second. Steve Garrabrants singled and stole second base before scoringon a single from Tuffy Gosewisch. Washington tied the game in the bottom of the second whenWagner led off with his 12th home run of the season.

Washington took its first lead in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Tila Reynolds singled andmoved to second on a sacrifice fly before scoring when Wagner belted his second homer of thegame, giving the UW a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Huskies scored a pair to make it 5-1. With John Otness aboard at second on a walkand a wild pitch, Brent Lillibridge singled through the right side. Otness slid past the tag at theplate and scored. Reynolds followed with a double to the wall in center and Lillibridge alsonarrowly beat a tag at home, giving the UW its four-run edge.

ASU freshman lefty Erik Averill (7-1) suffered the first loss of his career, allowing five runs onfive hits over five innings.

Lefty reliever Trent Baysinger threw the final three innings for the UW to pick up his sixth save.Wagner and Reynolds accounted for five of the Huskies' six hits as Wagner went 2-for-2 with twowalks and two homers and Reynolds was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Huskies and Devils play game two of the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.

LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 5, Arizona State 1Arizona St.     010 000 000 -- 1 6 0Washington      010 220 00x -- 5 6 2Erik Averill, Jered Liebeck (6), Javy Lopez (8), Mark Sopko (8)and Tuffy Gosewisch. Sean White, Trent Baysinger (7) andAaron Hathaway. W - White (7-4). L - Averill (7-0). Sv - Baysinger(3). 2B - ASU, Andre Ethier; UW, Tila Reynolds. HR - UW,Mike Wagner 2 (13). T - 2:38. A - 544. Records: ASU, 46-11, 12-7Pac-10; UW 36-15, 11-8 Pac-10.
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