Scott's Ninth-Inning Double Leads UW To 6-5 Win

March 22, 2008

SEATTLE - Freshman Troy Scott's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally as the Washington baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Portland Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The game was the second of the day for the Huskies (13-6), who earlier beat Utah Valley, 5-0. The Pilots fell to 14-10 with the loss.

Portland's Riley Henricks opened the top of the ninth with a homer into the visiting bullpen in left field, breaking a 3-3 tie. Later in the ninth, UP right fielder Danny Meier singled home another run to make it 5-3.

But in the bottom of ninth, after singles from Bradley Boyer and Kyle Conley to open the inning, Husky DH Ty Rasmussen doubled into the left-field corner, driving in Boyer. Scott, the Husky first baseman from Auburn, then lined a double up the middle through a drawn-in infield, plating Conley and pinch runner Brendan Gardner-Young for the win.

UP closer Matthew Lange, who came on to start the ninth, suffered the loss to fall to 3-3. Husky closer Brian Pearl (1-0), who got the last two outs in the top of the ninth, earned his first college win.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead with a run in the second as senior Andy Lentz tripled and scored on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Pierce Rankin.

However, the Pilots struck back in the top of the third as left fielder Bryant Kraus belted a two-run homer, his third of the season, to put Portland on top, 2-1.

Washington went back in front with two runs in the fifth. With two on and two out, Lentz laced a double into the right-field corner, scoring one. Left fielder Aaron Russell followed with an infield single that scored Troy Scott to put the Huskies in front, 3-2.

Once again, Portland had an answer. In the top of the sixth, the Pilots loaded the bases with one out. After a strikeout for the second out, Henricks drew a walk, forcing in a run to tie the score at 3-3.

Lentz finished the day 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a triple. Rasmussen and Scott both went 3-for-5.

After taking Easter Sunday off, the Huskies return to action with a three-game series vs. Hawaii-Hilo starting Monday. Next weekend, the Dawgs open Pac-10 Conference play at Oregon State.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 6, Portland 5Portland       002 001 002 -- 5  8 0Washington     010 020 003 -- 6 14 0Brennan Thorpe, Ed Wakefield (6), Owen Jones (6), Scott Burris (8),Matthew Lange (9) and Rocky Gale. Nick Haughian, Elliott Cribby (6),Tyler Cheney (9), Brian Pearl (9) and Brett Wilcox, Joey Dunn (7). W- Pearl (1-0). L - Lange (3-3). 2B - UP, Riley Henricks, PaulCrowder; UW, Ty Rasmussen 2, Andy Lentz, Troy Scott. 3B - UW, Lentz.HR - UP, Bryant Kraus (3), Henricks (3). T - 3:05. A - 616. Records:UP 14-10; UW 13-6.
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