UW Baseball Beats Minnesota, 5-3, In NCAA Opener

May 30, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. - After surrendering a 3-1 lead in the seventh, the 23rd-ranked andthird-seeded Washington baseball team got a run-scoring, two-out single from senior TilaReynolds to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth and hung on to beat second-seeded MinnesotaFriday at Blair Field in the first game of the NCAA Long Beach Regional.

The Huskies (41-16) will advance in the winner's bracket of the double-eliminationregional to face the winner of Friday night's Long Beach State-Pepperdine game. Gametime is 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Washington never trailed in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first and scoring two in thefourth to break a 1-1 tie. Junior reliever Brian Carter (1-1), who got the third out in theseventh with the bases loaded and two runs already in, picked up the win. CloserWill Fenton, who was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball earlierFriday, earned his 11th save, getting the final five outs.

Fenton, a sophomore from Kingston, Wash., has yet to allow a run in 31 and two-thirdsinnings this season. The Gophers (39-21) knocked two singles off of him to put the tyingruns on base in the ninth, but David Hrncirik flied out to end it.

UW entered the seventh inning ahead, 3-1. With two runners aboard and two outs, relieverTrent Baysinger walked UM shortstop Scott Welch to load the bases and then proceeded towalk DH Jon Becker and hit catcher Jake Elder with a pitch to force in the Gophers' secondand third runs, tying the game at 3-3. Carter came on then and got Hrncirik to fly out to leftto end that inning as well.

In the top of the eighth, the Dawgs took the lead back. Third baseman John Otness led offthe eighth with a single and moved to second on a bunt by Greg Isaacson. After Minnesotafreshman ace Glen Perkins struck out Brent Lillibridge, Reynolds came through with asingle to left, scoring Otness from second. The UW added a fifth run in the ninth whenChad Boudon walked and scored on a single from Otness.

Perkins (10-2), the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after going 9-0 in nine Big Ten starts,suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits over eight innings. Husky seniorSean White threw six-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. Whitedidn't allow a hit until there was one out in the fifth.

The Huskies got on the board in the first inning. Lillibridge hit the first pitch of the gameup the middle for a single. After an out, singles from Aaron Hathaway and Mike Wagnerloaded the bases for Boudon, who delivered a sacrifice fly to right to give the UW a 1-0lead.

Minnesota managed a run without benefit of a hit to tie the game in the third. With one out,left fielder Tony Leseman reached on a throwing error Isaacson, the UW second baseman.After a walk and a fielder's choice groundout put runners at first and third, White wascalled for a balk on a third-to-first move and the Gophers had their first run.

It didn't take long, however, for Isaacson to make up for the error. After Otness walked tolead off the top of the fourth, Isaacson belted a double to deep center fielder, scoringOtness all the way from first to break the 1-1 tie. After an out, Hathaway singled to drive inIsaacson, giving UW a 3-1 lead.

Hathaway finished the game 3-for-5 with an RBI while Lillibridge, Otness and Reynoldseach had two hits. Welch was the lone Gopher with two hits, going 2-for-4.

LINESCORENCAA Long Beach Regional#3 Washington 5, #2 Minnesota 3Washington     100 200 011 -- 5 12 2Minnesota      001 000 200 -- 3  6 4Sean White, Trent Baysinger (7), Brian Carter (7),Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. Glen Perkins, Jeff Moen(9) and Jake Elder. W - Carter (1-1). L - Perkins (10-2). Sv- Fenton (11). 2B - UW, Greg Isaacson. T - 3:26. A - 1,181.Records: UW 41-16; UM 39-21.
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