Huskies Hold Off Cal Poly To Win, 9-8

March 20, 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Washington baseball team took a 9-4 lead thanks tothree home runs, but had to hold off a rally to beat Cal Poly, 9-8, Sunday at BaggettStadium.

The Huskies, who scored in the first and then fell behind, 3-1 after the third inning, cameback with two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to take an 8-3 lead.After the teams each added one more run, the Mustangs mounted a four-run rally in thebottom of the ninth, coming up only one run short of forcing extra innings.

The UW (13-8) won the series with two wins in the three-game weekend. The Huskies,who had an eight-game win streak broken Saturday, have won nine of their last 10. CalPoly fell to 15-11 for the season.

An RBI single from Kyle Larsen in the first got the Huskies started. In the third, Polyscored three runs. Brandon Roberts crossed the plate on a bases-loaded wild pitch beforea two-run single from Drew Gillmore gave the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.

In the fourth, Husky catcher Matt Lane tied the score at 3-3 with a two-run triple. In thefifth, shortstop Brent Lillibridge hit his sixth home run of the season with one runneraboard to give Washington a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, freshman Matt Stevens hit a solo homer and Taylor Johnson hit a two-runshot to make it 8-3.

After the Mustangs added a fourth run in the seventh, Johnson singled to drive in theUW's ninth run of the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mustangs loaded the bases with no outs. A force play atsecond drove in the first run of the inning. After a lineout, Kyle Blumenthal singled todrive in two more runs. Bret Berglund followed with a triple to put the tying run at thirdbase, but UW senior reliever Josh Conover came on to retire Gillmore on a flyout to endthe game.

Husky junior starter Matt Kasser picked up the win to improve to 2-2. He allowed threeruns on only two hits over six innings. He walked five and struck out four. Mustangstarter Jimmy Shull (2-4) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in five andtwo-thrids. Conover earned his second save.

Johnson led the Husky hitters, finishing the game 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI.Larsen added three hits and a run batted in in his four at bats.

The Huskies return to the road this Thursday through Saturday as they open the Pac-10season with a three-game series vs. Arizona in Tucson. Thursday and Friday, game timeis 6:00 p.m. PST and Saturday's finale is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. All three games willair live in the Seattle area on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 9, Cal Poly 8Washington     100 223 010 -- 9 13 0Cal Poly       003 000 104 -- 8  8 0Matt Kasser, Jordan Ponzoha (7), David Dowling (9),Josh Conover (9) and Matt Lane. Jimmy Shull, Tony Saipe(6), Rocky Roquet (8) and Kyle Blumenthal. W - Kasser (2-2). L - Shull (2-4). Sv - Conover (2). 2B - UW Zach Clem;CP, Brandon Roberts. 3B - UW, Lane; CP, Bret Berglund. HR -UW, Taylor Johnson (6), Brent Lillibridge (6), Matt Stevens(2). T - 3:01. A - 522.
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