Dawgs Beat Whitewater, 16-2, In Impromptu Game

Feb. 26, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - February 26, 2009Husky Baseball

Dawgs Beat Wisconsin-Whitewater, 16-2, In Impromptu GameMINNEAPOLIS -- Troy Scott hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Jake Rife had four hits and Forrest Snow struck out eight in a five-inning start as the Washington baseball team beat Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater, 16-2 in a late-night game Thursday at the Metrodome.

The game, which started at 10:29 p.m. Central Time, was only added to the schedule earlier in the day Thursday after the Warhawks' game vs. St. Mary's (Minn.) was cancelled when St. Mary's couldn't make its way to the Metrodome due to snow. The Huskies' schedule included only 55 games, one short of the NCAA limit, allowing for an additional contest.

The Warhawks (0-1 after playing their first game of the season) put a scare into the Huskies in the first when second baseman Ben Kuhlman led off with a home run to left-center, giving UW-W a 1-0 lead.

But, in the second, the Huskies (2-2) erased the lead on a bases-loaded walk to Pierce Rankin. Scott followed with a two-out grand slam, just to the left of the 'baggie' in right-center field, making it 5-1. Scott's homer was his first hit of the season after 10 previous at bats.

Kyle Conley followed with a triple and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-1.

In the third, the UW tacked on three more two-out runs. A two-run single from Brendan Gardner-Young was followed by a triple from Pierce Rankin, increasing the lead to 9-1. Run-scoring singles from Doug Cherry and David Bentrott, both with two down, in the fourth made it 11-1.

The Huskies added three more in the sixth, including one on a double from Scott, before Kuhlman scored the other Warhawks run on a wild pitch. Conley added a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the Dawgs' scoring.

Kuhlman finished the night 3-for-3 with both UW-W runs to lead the Warhawks. Gardner-Young went 3-for-4 with three runs for Washington.

Snow, a sophomore from Seattle, picked up the win. He didn't walk a batter and allowed one run on two hits. Warhawks starter Aaron Dott (0-1) worked one and thow-thirds in the loss.

A total of eight UW freshmen saw their first college action in the game.

The Huskies begin play in the Dairy Queen Classic Friday with a 12:15 p.m. CT (10:15 a.m. PT) game vs. Hawai'i. Saturday night, the UW takes on host Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. CT and on Sunday, the weekend concludes with an 11:00 a.m. CT game vs. UC Santa Barbara. Live audio broadcasts of all games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 16, Wisconsin-Whitewater 2Washington 063 203 002 -- 16 18 1Wis.-Whitewater 100 001 000 -- 2 5 1Forrest Snow, Brandon Rohde (6), Seth Haehl (7), Paul Dickey (8), Aaron West (9) and Pierce Rankin, Cody Ryckman (7), Brady McGuire (9). Aaron Dott, Doug Hanson (2), Ben Versnik (5), Kale Olson (7), Williams Lovera (8) and Matt Millar. W - Snow (1-0). L - Dott (0-1). 2B - UW, David Bentrott, Troy Scott. 3B - UW, Kyle Conley, Rankin. HR - UW, Scott (1) Conley (2); UWW, Ben Kuhlman (1). T - 3:02. A - 100.

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