Cal Poly Rallies To Beat Dawgs, 5-4

Feb. 18, 2007

SAN LUIS OBSIPO, Calif. - Cal Poly scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to complete a series sweep of the Washington baseball team with a 5-4 win Sunday at Baggett Stadium.

The Huskies (0-3) scored four runs in the first and Cal Poly answered with two in their half of the first. Neither team scored again until the Mustangs (8-6) rallied in the final inning. The win was Poly's eighth in its last nine games.

UW closer Elliott Cribby came on to begin the ninth and, after retiring the first batter he faced, gave up a single to Grant Desme. Brent Morel and Adam Buschini followed with back-to-back triples, tying the game at 4-4. After Buschini was thrown out the plate trying to score on a grounder from Corey Barthel, Bryan Kepner and Wes Dorrell notched back-to-back singles, Dorrell's driving in pinch runner Chad Pruett with the winning run.

Sophomore Nick Haughian, in his first start after 21 relief appearances last year, stood to get the win prior to the comeback. The lefty from Marysville allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. Sophomore reliever Jason Erickson worked two innings of scoreless relief as well.

Cal Poly closer Evan Reed, who sturck out the only two batters he faced with two runners on in the top of the ninth, picked up the win, his first decision of the year.

The Huskies, who managed only one run on Friday and two Saturday, broke out to a quick start Sunday, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. After Andy Lentz walked and stole second, freshman Brian Pearl, in his first college start, doubled to straightaway center, driving in a run.

Matt Hague then reached on an infield single before left fielder Kyle Conley tripled into the right-field corner, scoring both runners. Trevor Petersen singled to right to send Conley home, giving the UW a 4-0 lead.

Cal Poly replied quickly, posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Luke Yoder walked and stole second to open the inning. After a double from Kyle Smith put runners at second and third, a sacrifice fly from Desme and a groundout from Morel drove in the two runners, cutting the Husky edge to 4-2.

Washington had chances to add to its lead in the third and fourth innings as Hague led off the third with a triple and Danny Cox tripled with one out in the fourth. In both cases, however, Eager was able to work out trouble, leaving the runners stranded at third.

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LINESCORENon-Conference GameCal Poly 5, Washington 4Washington     400 000 000 -- 4 9 0Cal Poly       200 000 003 -- 5 9 1Nick Haughian, Jason Erickson (7), Elliott Cribby (9) andJoey Dunn. Thomas Eager, Steven Fishback (8), GrantTheophilus (8), Evan Reed (9) and Wes Dorrell. W - Reed (1-0). L - Cribby (0-1). 2B - UW, Brian Pearl; CP, Kyle Smith.3B - UW, Kyle Conley, Matt Hague, Danny Cox; CP, BrentMorel, Adam Buschini. T - 2:54. A - 641. Records - UW 0-3;Cal Poly 8-6.
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