UW Falls To Tulane, 3-2, At NCAA Regionals
June 4, 2004
OXFORD, Miss. - Tulane southpaw Brian Bogusevic threw eight and two-thirds innings and out-dueled Husky ace Tim Lincecum as the Green Wave handed the Washington baseball team a 3-2loss in the opening game of the NCAA Oxford Regional at Swayze Field.
The second-seeded Huskies (37-19-1) must now win four straight games to win the regional.Saturday, the UW will face the winner of Friday night's game between Mississippi and WesternKentucky in a loser-out game at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. If the Huskies win that game, they'll takeon the loser of the winners' bracket game Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Bogusevic improved to 9-5 on the season with the victory. The sophomore, who also battedcleanup in the game, threw 142 pitches, allowing the two runs on eight hits, two walks and two hitbatsmen while striking out three.
Lincecum (10-3) allowed only four hits and struck out 10, but walked seven in his six and two-thirds innings of work. Two of those walks came around to score while another forced home a runwith the bases loaded.
The Huskies mounted a two-out rally in the ninth as Nick Batkoski and Tyler Mach each singled,but Daniel Latham came on in relief of Bogusevic and got Ben Johnson to fly out to end the game.Latham earned his sixth save for Tulane (39-19).
Washington opened the game with a run in the first. Leadoff man Brent Lillibridge lined a 3-2 pitchup the middle for a single. After stealing second, he moved to third on a groundout. Zach Clemtook called third strike for the second out, but Kyle Larsen laced a single through the right side,plating Lillibridge to give the Huskies the early 1-0 edge.
Tulane took advantage of a bout of wildness from Lincecum in the top of the second. Lincecumwalked Greg Dini and Mark Hamilton to begin the inning. After a groundout moved both runnersup, third baseman Brian Bormaster singled to center to send home two runs and give Tulane a 2-0lead. The Green Wave would go on to load the bases with two down, but Lincecum struck outMatt Barket to strand the three runners.
The Huskies had their chances to draw even or take a lead as they put runners aboard in everyinning. Most of those baserunners reached with two out, but the UW put two runners on with onlyone down in the sixth when Clem singled and Aaron Hathaway walked. Bogusevic got out oftrouble, however, getting John Otness to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Wildness came into play again in the seventh as the Wave increased their advantage to 3-1. Withtwo aboard on singles, Lincecum walked Dini to load the bases with two out and then forced in arun, walking third baseman Tim Guidry. Trent Baysinger came on in relief of Lincecum with thebases loaded and two down and got a great, over-the-shoulder catch in foul ground from thirdbaseman Otness to end the seventh.
Washington closed the gap with a single run in the seventh, but might have had more if not for agreat defensive play. Batkoski lined a double down the right-field line to open the inning and Machdrilled a line drive to center. As the ball looked headed for the wall, Tulane center fielder NathanSouthard made a spectacular diving catch, robbing extra bases. Batkoski, who moved to third onthe out, scored on a groundout from Ben Johnson, cutting the Tulane lead to 3-2.
Mach finished the game 3-for-4 while Batkoski was 2-for-4. The Green Wave totaled only fourhits in the game as Baysinger threw two and one-third perfect innings of relief.
Lincecum set a school record for strikeouts in an NCAA game. The old mark of nine was set byDaryl Burke in a loss to Fresno State in 1959.
All remaining UW games will air live on KKNW AM-1150, beginning with Saturday morning'selimination game.
LINESCORENCAA Oxford RegionalTulane 3, #14 Washington 2Tulane 020 000 100 -- 3 4 0Washington 100 000 100 -- 2 8 2Brian Bogusevic, Daniel Latham (9) and Greg Dini. Tim Lincecum,Trent Baysinger (7) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Bogusevic (9-5). L -Lincecum (10-3). Sv - Latham (6). 2B - UW, Nick Batkoski. T -2:54. A - 3,598. Records: TU 39-19; UW 37-19-1.