UW Pick Up 11th Straight Win, 9-4 Over Hilo

March 26, 2008

SEATTLE - Senior Josh Scofield earned a win his first Husky start and the Washington baseball team won its 11th in a row, beating Hawaii-Hilo, 9-4, in the finale of a three-game series Wednesday at Husky Ballpark.

The winning streak is the UW's longest since another 11-game streak in 2003 and tied for the fourth-longest in Husky history.

Scofield, a lefty from Newport High who transferred to the UW from Texas Tech, went six innings for the win, allowing four hits and four runs, all of them unearned.

Freshman Forrest Snow, a Lakeside School graduate, made his Husky debut in relief after having missed the first portion of the season due to an appendectomy in February. He worked an inning and a third and didn't allow a hit while fanning two.

Washington (16-6) jumped out to the early lead with a run in the first. After a walk to Doug Cherry and a double from Brett Wilcox, third baseman Brian Pearl singled to left, driving in Cherry to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies lost that lead when the Vulcans (7-14) used a bases-loaded, no-outs situation to score two runs in the third. After loading the bases on a bloop singled and two misplayed bunts, Keoni Manago walked to drive in one. After a strikeout, Dayne Ogawa's sacrifice fly sent home a second run to put Hilo in front, 2-1.

In the fifth, the Huskies drew even as Wilcox's two-out single drove in Jake Rife, knotting the score at 2-2. But, Hilo answered with two more unearned runs in the sixth when North Thurston High grad Shane Kessel drove in two with a two-out double, putting the visitors back in front, 4-2.

But, once again, the Huskies were able to reply, scoring three runs without a hit in the bottom of the sixth. After the bases were loaded on a hit batter, an error and a walk, Aaron Russell drew a walk to force in one. Rife and Pierce Rankin followed with groundouts to send home two more, putting the UW on top at 5-4.

In the seventh, Washington tacked on more as Russell, a sophomore from Interlake, hit his first career homer, a three-run drive to left. Russell finished the game 1-for-3 with four runs batted in. Wilcox finished 3-for-4 while Pearl was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

UHH reliever Tyler Safford (1-2), working in relief, suffered the loss as he didn't retire any of the four batters he faced. Starter Clayton Uyechi gave up just two runs in his five innings.

This weekend, the UW, having played 14 straight at home, opens Pac-10 Conference play at Oregon State in Corvallis. All three of this weekend's games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and Sunday's will be shown live on FSN-TV in the Northwest.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 9, Hawaii-Hilo 4Hawaii-Hilo    002 002 000 -- 4 6 2Washington     100 003 31x -- 9 8 2Clayton Uyechi, Tyler Safford (6), Nathan Kekahuna (6), Dustin Gilmore (7)and Peter Rodgers, Collins Obed (8). Josh Scofield, Forrest Snow (7),Elliott Cribby (8), Tyler Cheney (9) and Brett Wilcox. W - Scofield (1-0).L - Safford (1-2). 2B - UHH, Shane Kessel; UW, Wilcox. HR - UW,Aaron Russell (1). T - 2:49. A - 251. Records: UHH 7-14; UW 16-6.
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