Dawgs Rally, But Fall To Hawai'i, 9-7, In 10 Innings

March 20, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Hawai'i extended its winning streak to eight games and handed the Washington baseball team its fourth straight loss Friday at PGE Park, beating the Huskies, 9-7 in 10 innings, in the first game of the Rose City Invitational.

Hawai'i, which surrendered a three-run lead in the ninth, went back on top in the 10th on a two-out RBI single from DH Jeffrey Van Doornum, who scored on a double from Landon Hernandez.

In the bottom of the 10th, Washington got back-to-back singles to open the inning, but after a fly ball for the first out, the game ended in controversial fashion when interference was called on UW baserunner Brendan Gardner-Young on his slide into second base. While the throw to first to complete the double play was late, the interference call led to an automatic double play, ending the game.

Down 7-4 heading into the ninth, the Huskies rallied to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Brendan Gardner-Young doubled to lead off. After an out, Troy Scott singled to score him. After another single and an out, Aaron Russell singled to drive in another. Jake Rife followed with a two-out, RBI single that tied the game at 7-7.

Sophomore second baseman Pierce Rankin extended his hitting streak to 15 games for Washington, finishing with a double and a home run.

UW reliever Geoff Brown (1-2), who came on in the top of the ninth, suffered the loss while Hawai'i's Sam Spangler (3-0), who gave up the tying runs in the ninth, got the win.

Washington scored the game's first run in the second as Rife legged out a hustle double and then scored on a single from freshman Andy Bethel.

In the third, Hawai'i took advantage of an error to take a lead. With two outs and a runner at first, Kolten Wong reached when his grounder to second was misplayed by Rankin for an error. Vinnie Catricala followed with a single to score one run and a double from Kevin Macdonald plated another to put the Rainbows on top, 2-1.

However, the Huskies tied the game at 2-2 when Rife's bid for a grand slam was caught at the fence, but was good for a sacrifice fly to score Kyle Conley.

Hawai'i answered quickly in the top of the fourth, rallying with two outs to take the lead back. With two out and none on, Matt Roquemore doubled and then scored on a single from Ryan Morford, giving the Rainbows a 3-2 edge.

In the bottom of the fourth, however, the Huskies replied again. With two outs on only two pitches, Rankin worked the count to 2-2 and then hit a two-out solo homer to left, his third of the season, tying the score at 3-3.

The 'Bows broke the game open in the fifth. With two on and two out, Jeffrey Van Doornum reached on an error to score the go-ahead run. Later, a wild pitch allowed another run and back-to-back, bases-loaded walks forced in two more, giving the Rainbows a 7-3 advantage.

The tournament continues Saturday with two games on tap for the UW. At 11:00 a.m., the Huskies take on Oregon in a game that will air live on Comcast SportsNet (channel 179 in Seattle). At 6:00 p.m., Washington plays Portland. Live audio of both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORERose City Invitational, Portland, Ore.Hawai'i 9, Washington 7, 10 InningsHawai'i       002 140 000 2 -- 9 15 0Washington    011 110 003 0 -- 7 13 2Jayson Kramer, Harrison Kuroda (6), Sam Spangler (9) andLandon Hernandez. Adrian Gomez, Jacob Clem (5),Forrest Snow (5), Aaron West (6), Seth Haehl (8),Geoff Brown (9), Andrew Kittredge (10) and Brett Wilcox. W- Spangler (3-0). L - Brown (1-2). 2B - UH, KevinMacdonald, Matt Roquemore, Hernandez; UW, Pierce Rankin,Jake Rife, Brendan Gardner-Young. HR - UW, Rankin (3). T - 3:32.
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