UW Drops Soggy Opener To Pilots, 13-11

Feb. 27, 2007

SEATTLE - Portland overcame an early deficit to spoil the Washington baseball team's home opener, beating the Huskies, 13-11, Tuesday at a cold, rainy Husky Ballpark.

Washington (1-6) led 6-3 after three innings, but the Pilots (4-3) broke through with a six-run fourth inning to take a lead they'd never lose.

Pilots reliever Ari Ronick (1-0) picked up the win, holding the UW to one run on one hit over two and one-third innings. UW reliever Bryce Mooney (0-1) suffered the loss.

Jesse Rodgers and C.J. Cullen each had three hits while Cory Wiltshire drove in three to lead the Pilots. Husky DH Ty Rasmussen hit his first homer and drove in three to lead the UW while catcher Joey Dunn added three hits.

Washington jumped out to a quick lead in the first. Bradley Boyer led off with a single and scored on a double from Matt Hague. Curt Rindal followed with a double off the center-field fence, driving in Hague to stake the Huskies to a 2-0 lead.

In the second, Rasmussen, a transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette and Enumclaw High grad, belted his first UW homer to straightaway center field to make it 3-0. The Huskies went on to load the bases with one out. Hague singled to drive in one and another scored on a balk from Pilots starter Given Kutz, who was then relieved by Ari Ronick. Ronick walked a batter to load the bases again, but got a strikeout to end the inning with the Huskies on top, 5-0.

However, Portland, which had left the bases loaded in the second, broke through for three runs in the third as Adam Kerr's double drove in two and a single from Jesse Rodgers sent home Kerr, cutting the Husky advantage to 5-3.

After the UW scored a run on a wild pitch in the third, Portland scored sixth in the fourth to take a lead. After an RBI double from Justin Pierce and a run-scoring groundout from Cory Wiltshire posted two runs, Mooney walked three straight to force in the tying run.

Jason Erickson came on and got another RBI groundout from Paul Crowder before C.J. Cullen dropped a double down the right-field line, sending home two more to give the Pilots a 9-6 lead. In the fifth, Cory Wiltshire hit a two-run homer to right to make it 11-6.

After the Pilots added another in the sixth, Washington chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Rasmussen drove in two more runs with a two-out single. However, UP added a 13th run in the seventh when pinch runner Charlie Hersche came in on a passed ball.

In the seventh, Washington took advantage of three UP errors to score three runs, cutting the lead to 13-11. A two-run double from Kyle Conley and an RBI single from Matt Stevens provided the runs. Washington got the go-ahead run on base in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but UP closer Josh Roberts induced an inning-ending double play from Hague to keep the lead in tact.

In the ninth, the Huskies loaded the bases with two outs, putting the potential winning run at first base. Roberts, however, struck out Dunn on a full-count pitch to clinch his second save.

The Huskies host UC Irvine for a three-game series this weekend at Husky Ballpark. Game one Friday begins at 3:00 p.m. Live stats and either audio or video for all three games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferencePortland 13, Washington 11Portland       003 621 100 -- 13 17 7Washington     231 002 300 -- 11 14 3Given Kutz, Ari Ronick (2), Chris Siegfried (5), BrianYoakum (7), Josh Roberts (8) and Paul Crowder, Rocky Gale(7). Geoff Nichols, Bryce Mooney (4), Jason Erickson (4),Tyler Cheney (6), Harrison Bishop (7), Elliott Cribby (9)and Joey Dunn. W - Ronick (1-0). L - Mooney (0-1). Sv -Roberts (2). 2B - UP, Adam Kerr, Justin Pierce, C.J.Cullen; UW, Matt Hague, Curt Rindal, Kyle Conley. 3B - UP,Jesse Rodgers. HR - UP, Cory Wiltshire (1); UW,Ty Rasmussen (1). T - 4:02. A - 289. Records: UP 4-3; UW 1-6.
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