Huskies Come Back To Finish Sweep Of USC, 10-8
May 25, 2003
SEATTLE - Aaron Hathaway's two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning broke an8-8 tie and capped a big rally as the Washington baseball team overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat USC,10-8, Sunday at Husky Ballpark on the last day of the regular season.
The UW win completed a three-game sweep of USC, Washington's first ever over the perennialpowerhouse. The Huskies are now only 8-24 all-time against the Trojans.
Washington finished the regular season with a 40-16 overall record and a 15-9 mark in Pac-10play, good for sole possession of third place in the conference. USC had its slim NCAApostseason chances erased, finishing the year 28-28 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10. A team mustfinish over .500 overall to be considered for an NCAA berth.
The Huskies, who fell behind 6-0 and 7-1 in the game, finally completed the comeback with tworuns in the eighth. Tied 8-8 going into the inning, the Huskies had two down and Lillibridge atfirst. Lillibridge stole second and came around with the tie-breaking run on a double down the rightfield line by Hathaway, the Huskies' sophomore catcher. After a walk, Kyle Larsen's RBI singleadded insurance, sending home Hathaway.
Husky reliever Trent Baysinger (4-1) allowed one run over three and two-thirds innings for thevictory. Closer Will Fenton threw a perfect ninth for his league-leading 10th save. Fenton finishedthe regular season not having allowed a single run in 30 innings. USC reliever Bret Butler (1-5), aWoodinville High grad, suffered the loss, allowing one run over one and two-thirds.
USC, which had been outscored 33-3 in the first two games of the series, got its offense goingearly Sunday, scoring six in the first. A double from shortstop Anthony Lunetta and a pair ofwalks loaded the bases with no outs, and after Joey Metropoulos walked to force in one run, centerfielder Travis McAndrews singled through the right side to send in two more. A sacrifice fly fromDH Jon Brewster gave the Trojans a 4-0 lead.
After a groundout, freshman right fielder Ryan Broderick worked the count full and fouled offseveral pitches before belting his third home run of the year to right field. The two-run homer gaveUSC a 6-0 lead and chased Husky junior starter Clay Johnson from the game two outs into thefirst inning.
Washington mustered one run in the bottom of the opening frame as second basemanGreg Isaacson and Hathaway belted back-to-back, one-out doubles. In the third, USC made it 7-1when McAndrews doubled and eventually came around on a single from spencer Gordon.
Lillibridge hit a solo homer in the third, his 12th of the season, cutting USC's edge to 7-2. In thefourth, the Huskies drew within one as an error opened the door to a four-run inning.
With one out, Chad Boudon reached on a Lunetta throwing error. After stealing second andmoving to third on an errant throw from catcher Jeff Clement, Boudon scored on a Tila Reynoldssingle. Walks to John Otness and Nick Batkoski loaded the bases and Lillibridge drove inReynolds with a single. After USC starter Brian Bannister was removed, reliever Josh Rummondswalked Isaacson to force in a run and Hathaway followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-6.
Washington completed the rally, taking the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the sixth. With twodown and runners at first and second, Hathaway blooped a single to shallow right to send homeNick Batkoski with the tying run. Mike Wagner followed with another single to right to send homeLillibridge and give the UW an 8-7 lead.
USC quickly tied the game in the top of the seventh when Metropoulos hit a one-out solo homerun, his 11th of the year.
The Huskies will gather in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium tomorrow to watch the NCAAtournament selection show on ESPN2 at 9:30 a.m. Regional play begins next Friday.
LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 10, USC 8USC 601 000 100 -- 8 8 2Washington 101 402 02x -- 10 12 0Brian Bannister, Josh Rummonds (4), Bret Butler (6), Fraser Dizard(8) and Jeff Clement. Clay Johnson, David Dowling (1),Trent Baysinger (5), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W -Baysinger (4-1). L - Butler (1-5). Sv - Fenton (10). 2B - USC,Anthony Lunetta, Travis McAndrews 2; UW, Greg Isaacson, Hathaway2. HR - USC, Ryan Broderick (3), Joey Metropoulos (11); UW,Brent Lillibridge (12). T - 3:24. A - 787. Records: USC, 28-28,11-13 Pac-10; UW 40-16, 15-9 Pac-10.