Larsen's Double Lifts UW Past Zags, 10-9

March 22, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. - First baseman Kyle Larsen delivered a two-out double in the top of the ninthto break a 9-9 tie and lift the Washington baseball team to a 10-9 win over Gonzaga Mondayafternoon at Avista Stadium.

The Huskies (12-6-1) had fought back from a 4-0 deficit after an inning, scoring in each of thenext four to take a four-run lead of their own at 9-5. However, the Bulldogs tied the game at 9-9 inthe seventh when left fielder David Johnson belted a grand slam down the right field line.

UW junior reliever Jamie Hawkins (1-0), who surrendered the grand slam, retired the nine of thenext 10 batters he faced to close out the game and pick up the victory. Gonzaga reliever BobbyMcEwen (0-2) gave up only two runs over four innings, but suffered the loss.

In the top of the ninth, singles from Aaron Hathaway and Nick Batkoski put runners at first andsecond for Larsen, whose hard grounder towards first might have been playable by the GU firstbaseman if not for a bad hop that send it sailing into right field. It ended up rolling into a newconstruction area for a ground-rule double.

The Zags (8-13) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded on a hitbatter, a single and a walk, David Johnson reached on an infield single to send home MarshallBratton. Right fielder Matt Reding followed with a double down the right-field line to plate twomore and a Brad Welker groundout drove in Johnson, giving Gonzaga a 4-0 lead after one.

Washington posted two in the top of the second to cut the Bulldogs lead in half. A bloop singlefrom DH Tyler Mach drove in one run and Brent Lillibridge walked with the bases loaded to forcein another. A bases-loaded double play, however, ended the rally.

In the bottom of the second, Jeff Culpepper's two-out RBI single extended the Zags' lead to 5-2.

In the third, the UW batted around, scoring four on RBI singles from John Otness, Ben Johnson,Mach and Nick Burnham to take the lead, 6-5. In the fourth, Hathaway led off with his third homerun of the year. In the fifth, Hathaway singled to drive in Lillibridge, extending the Husky lead to 8-5.

Mach, a freshman from Kent, led off the sixth by greeting new pitcher Bobby McEwen with ahome run down the left-field line, his third of the season.

UW junior David Dowling, who hadn't pitched since the season's opening weekend due to aninjury, worked two and one-third no-hit innings in relief, striking out three.

Mach finished the game 4-for-4 with a homer, a walk and three runs batted in. Hathaway also hadfour hits, going 4-for-6 with two RBI. Otness added three singles in six at bats.

The Huskies and Bulldogs play their fifth and final game of the year against one another Tuesdaywith a 2:00 p.m. game at Avista Stadium. The UW opens Pac-10 play with a three-game series atArizona State beginning Friday.

LINESCOREWashington 10, Gonzaga 9Washington     024 111 001 -- 10 17 0Gonzaga        410 000 400 --  9  9 0Josh Conover, David Dowling (4), Jamie Hawkins (7) andBen Johnson, Aaron Hathaway (8). Patrick Donovan, Eric Everson(3), Bobby McEwen (6) and Kiel Thibault. W - Hawkins (1-0). L -McEwen (0-2). 2B - UW, Kyle Larsen; GU, Matt Reding, JeffCulpepper. HR - UW, Aaron Hathaway (3), Tyler Mach (3); GU, DavidJohnson (3). T - 3:05. A - 143. Records: UW 12-6-1, GU 8-13.
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