Huskies Fall To UBC, 6-4

April 11, 2006

SEATTLE - The University of British Columbia baseball team broke a 4-4 tie with tworuns in the top of the eighth and held on for a 6-4 win over Washington Tuesday night atHusky Ballpark.

While the game counted towards the Thunderbirds' record, it served as an exhibition forthe Huskies, who played mostly reserves. UBC, which plays a schedule of entirelyAmerican college opposition as a member of the NAIA, improved to 29-7 with the win.The T-Birds have won 25 of their last 26.

UBC reliever Brendan Rolfe (1-1) picked up the victory. After giving up a run that tiedthe game at 4-4, he went on to work two innings. Husky freshman lefty Adrian Gomez,who gave up two runs in two innings, took the loss.

In the bottom of the first, freshman left fielder Jake Rife gave the Huskies a 1-0 leadwhen he lined a homer down the right-field line.

In the third, UBC tied the game on an RBI double off the center field wall from MarkCapone. Later in the inning, Capone scored on a hit from Steve Bell-Irving and ConnorJanes and Tyler Hughes drove runs with singles to put the Thunderbirds on top, 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, Husky right fielder Jesse Ferguson doubled and scored on asingle from Bradley Boyer to make it 4-2. In the fifth, the Huskies cut the lead to 4-3when Danny Cox was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Ferguson sacrifice fly.

Washington tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Burnham led off with awalk and eventually came around on a bunt single from Cory Rickard.

UBC took the lead back in the top of the seventh. Capone singled and eventually gamearound on an error by UW shortstop Bradley Boyer. Johnny Yiu, who reached on a walk,then scored on a Janes single to put UBC on top, 6-4.

Capone and Janes each had three hits to lead the Thunderbirds at the plate. The Huskieswere led offensively by Ferguson, who had a double and an RBI in two at bats.

The win was the Thunderbirds' third of the year over a Division I team and first ever overthe UW. Earlier this season, UBC beat Cal State Northridge and Pepperdine.

Next up for the UW is a three-game, non-conference series vs. Brigham Young thisThursday through Saturday. Game time Thursday and Friday is 6:30 p.m. whileSaturday's first pitch has been moved to noon (it was 1:00 p.m.). Either live audio or livevideo of all three games will be available on the 'Dawg Channel' at

LINESCOREExhibition GameBritish Columbia 6, Washington 4UBC            003 000 200 -- 6 13 0Washington     101 011 000 -- 4  6 1Shawn Schaefer, Dave Pasquali (2), Brad Ashman (4), BrendanRolfe (6), Andrew LaFleur (8), Joey Benda (9) and BrendanKornberger, Ian Prescott (6). Matt Kasser, Brandon McKerney(4), Adrian Gomez (6), Geoff Nichols (8), Jason Erickson(9) and Joey Dunn, D.J. Neyens (6). W - Rolfe (1-1). L -Gomez. Sv - Benda (4). 2B - UBC, Johnny Yiu, Mark Capone;UW, Jesse Ferguson. HR - UW, Jake Rife. T - 2:35.
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