Isaacson, Larsen Blast Arizona, 12-11, In 10 Innings
April 25, 2004
SEATTLE - Senior Greg Isaacson hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and juniorKyle Larsen belted three homers earlier in the game to lead the Washington baseball team to a 12-11 win over Arizona Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies had trailed 11-3 in the sixth inning before coming back with two in the sixth, two inthe eighth and four in the ninth. With two down and none on in the 10th, Isaacson belted his fifthhomer of the season, the Huskies' sixth of the day, to complete the comeback and give the Huskiesa series sweep.
Washington (24-13-1 overall, 8-4 in the Pac-10) now sits alone in second place in the conference,a half-game behind first-place Stanford (31-6, 7-2) and two games in front of the rest of the pack.Arizona fell to 21-18-1 overall and 5-7 in the Pac-10.
Larsen, the UW's first baseman from Redmond (Eastlake HS), became only the third Husky onrecord to hit three homers in a game, joining Tyler Davidson (2002 at USC) and Chad Boudon(2003 vs. California). All three of his homers were solo shots as all three came to lead off innings.The Huskies hit six homers on the day, five of them with no runners on base.
UW freshman starter Tim Lincecum, who entered the game with a 2.95 earned run average, gaveup nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven in the roughestouting of his brief Husky career. He hadn't allowed more than four earned runs in any of his 11previous starts. The Huskies' comeback, however, left him with no decision in the game.
Husky closer Will Fenton (5-3) got the win for the second straight day, allowing two hits, butfacing the minimum over one and two-thirds thanks to a double play and a runner caught stealing.Arizona closer Derek Rodriguez (0-2), who leads the Pac-10 with seven saves, gave up five runs(four earned) for the loss.
Neither team had managed a hit until the third, when the Wildcats opened the inning with threeconsecutive singles. The third of those base hits, by Moises Duran, scored Derek Decater fromthird to open the scoring. After a sacrifice moved runners to second and third, John Hardy scoredon a passed ball. Duran crossed to make it 3-0 on a Jordan Brown sacrifice fly.
The Huskies used two homers to tie the game with three runs in the fourth. Larsen led off with hissixth of the season. Later on in the inning, with one on and two outs, third baseman John Otnessblasted his seventh of the season to dead center field, knotting the score at 3-3.
Arizona, however, picked up another three runs in the sixth to move back in front, 6-3. TheWildcats began the inning with back-to-back doubles from Jeff Van Houten and Jordan Brown.After a strikeout and walk to Richard Mercado, back-to-back singles from Nick Hundley and JasonDonald sent home a run each.
After a second out, Hardy, Arizona's second baseman, drove a ball out of the park to left-centerfield, upping the Cats' lead to 9-3. It was Hardy's third homer and the first that Lincecum hadsurrendered all season in his 69 and two-thirds innings of work.
With Jordan Ponzoha on to replace Lincecum, the Cats added two more when Duran singled andJeff Van Houten belted his first homer of the year to center, capping the eight-run sixth.
Washington got two back in the bottom of the sixth. Larsen led off once again with a home run,his seventh of the season and Aaron Hathaway singled and eventually scored on an Otnesssacrifice fly, reducing the lead to 11-5.
In the eighth, Larsen and Hathaway opened the inning with back-to-back homers, further slicingthe Arizona lead to 11-7.
Washington, down four runs entering the ninth, brought the tying run to the plate. With two onand one out, Larsen walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, bring up Hathaway. Hathawaygrounded to second, but John Hardy's throw to second base to try to start the double play pulledshortstop Donald off the bag, allowing a run to score. Freshman Tyler Mach followed with asingle to score two and Nick Batkoski singled hom Hathaway to tie to the score at 11-11.
The Huskies play host to British Columbia Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in an exhibition game.Next Friday through Sunday, Washington travels to Oregon State for a three-game, Pac-10 seriesin Corvallis.
LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 12, Arizona 11, 10 inningsArizona 003 008 000 0 -- 11 14 2Washington 000 302 024 1 -- 12 12 0John Meloan, Brad Mills (8), Scott Burns (8), Derek Rodriguez andNick Hundley. Tim Lincecum, Jordan Ponzoha (6), Jamie Hawkins (8),Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Fenton (5-3). L -Rodriguez (0-2). 2B - UA, Jeff Van Houten, Jordan Brown; UW,Nick Batkoski. HR - UA, John Hardy (3), Jeff Van Houten (1); UW,Kyle Larsen 3 (8), John Otness (7), Hathaway (6), Greg Isaacson(5). T - 3:28. A - 812. Records: UA 21-18-1, 5-7 Pac-10; UW 24-13-1, 8-4 Pac-10.