UW Ekes Out 8-7 Win On Boyer's Triple

March 5, 2006

HONOLULU - A ninth-inning, pinch-hit triple from freshman Bradley Boyer broke a 7-7 tie and led the Washington baseball team to an 8-7 win over Hawaii in the second gameof two vs. the Rainbows Saturday and the final game of the Rainbow BaseballTournament.

The game, scheduled for seven innings as the second game of a doubleheader, was wonin the ninth inning.

Down 7-5 entering the seventh inning, Hawaii tied the game in the bottom of the seventhon a two-run, pinch-hit single from Adam Roberts, a Mt. Vernon High graduate. TheUW, who hadn't posted a hit since the first inning, scored in the ninth when Matt Stevenswalked for the fourth time in the game and came around on Boyer's triple to the gap in left-center.

The UW (12-4) finished the tournament 3-2, good for second to tournament championArkansas, which finished 4-1. Hawaii, which beat the UW 10-8 in the first gameSaturday, dropped to 13-6 on the year.

Washington used three Rainbows miscues and four hits in the first to score six runs. Thefirst four Huskies in the inning reached on three singles and a walk. The third of thosesingles was a bases-loaded infield hit from Curt Rindal to open the scoring.

However, Hawaii starter Mark Rodrigues struck out the next two Huskies and looked tobe out of the inning on a grounder to short from Joey Dunn. However, shortstop NathanYoung's throw to first was in the dirt and got past the first baseman, allowing two runs toscore. The next hitter, Danny Cox, also grounded to short and again, Young's throw waserrant, allowing two more to score. Senior Nick Burnham's clean single to right scoredthe sixth Husky run in the inning.

Hawaii answered with two in the bottom of the first, scroring on a sacrifice fly fromJustin Frash and a double from Matt Inouye, cutting the Huskies lead to 6-2.

In the fourth, the Rainbows cut the lead to just one run, scoring three to make it 6-5. Withtwo outs and two on, consecutive singles from Frash, Inouye and pinch hitter Luis Aviladrove in one run each.

Washington scored a seventh run in the top of the fifth on Young's third error of thegame, this time a fielding error that allowed Matt Stevens to score with two out.

Elliott Cribby, who entered the game in the fifth and closed it out, earned the win toimprove to 2-1 on the year. He allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings. KeahiRawlins (0-1), who surrendered just one run in three and one-third innings, took the loss.

The Huskies return to Seattle to begin an eight-game homestand, starting Tuesday withthe first of two games vs. San Diego. Next weekend, Santa Clara visits Husky Ballparkfor a three-game series. Live audio broadcasts and live stats of all of those games will beavailable at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORERainbow Baseball TournamentGame Two of UW-UH Doubleheader (scheduled for seven innings)Washington 8, Hawaii 7Washington     600 010 001 -- 8 5 3Hawaii         200 300 200 -- 7 7 6Matt Kasser, Nick Haughian (4), Elliott Cribby (5) andJoey Dunn, D.J. Neyens (9). Mark Rodrigues, Tyler Davis(3), Keahi Rawlins (6), Jeff Soskin (9) and LandonHernandez, Esteban Lopez. W - Cribby (2-1). L - Rawlins (0-1). 2B - UH, Jonathan Hee, Matt Inouye. 3B - UW, Bradley Boyer.T - 3:48. A - 3,677.
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