Rife, Haehl Lead UW Past Pilots, 6-5

April 21, 2009

SEATTLE - Freshman Seth Haehl provided five and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief and Jake Rife went 4-for-4 with a homer as the Washington baseball team came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Portland, 6-5, in a non-conference game Tuesday at Husky Ballpark.

Haehl (2-1), a right-hander from East Wenatchee, came on in the second inning with the Huskies trailing 4-0 with two on and one out. He got a double play to end that inning and then worked five more frames, allowing five hits and no walks, for the victory.

Washington snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 15-22 on the season while the Pilots fell to 20-18.

Rife, a senior from Arlington, Wash., had three singles, a homer, three runs scored and a stolen base to lead the UW offense. Freshman center fielder Caleb Brown added four singles and a stolen base in five at bats.

In the second, Portland opened the scoring with four runs. After a walk and an infield error put runners at the corners with no outs, a single from Beau Fraser scored Bryant Kraus. Austin Pearce followed with a double to drive in another and a Kevin Armijo groundout sent home another. An RBI single Rocky Gale capped the big inning.

The Huskies got one run back in the bottom of the second when Rife singled, stole second and scored on a long, two-out double from Julien Pollard.

In the third, the Huskies fought back with four runs to go in front, 5-4. After Brendan Gardner-Young doubled and scored on a Troy Scott single, Kyle Conley belted a long homer to left-center, his Pac-10-leading 14th of the year, to even up the score.

After a pitching change, Rife singled, took second on a bunt and then scored the go-ahead run on a two-out single from Doug Cherry.

Rife, who singled and scored in his first two at bats, remained hot in the fifth when he led off by lining a home to dead center field, making it a 6-4 Husky lead.

Portland narrowed the gap with a run in the eighth as Bryant Kraus reached on an error and eventually scored from third on a bunt, but Brian Pearl came on and got the final two outs before pitching the ninth for his fifth save.

Pilots reliever Ed Wakefield, who was responsible for the go-ahead run, suffered the loss to drop to 2-1 on the year.

This weekend, the Huskies travel to Eugene for a three-game series with Oregon. All three Oregon games will air on KKNW AM-1150. Additionally, the Saturday and Sunday games against the Ducks will air live on Comcast SportsNet television.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 6, Portland 5Portland      040 000 010 -- 5  9 0Washington    014 010 00x -- 6 15 2Mark Triolo, Ed Wakefield (3), Matthew Lange (4), KeelerBrynteson (6) and Rocky Gale. Ben Guidos, Seth Haehl (2),Zach Clem (8), Brian Pearl (8) and Brady McGuire,Brett Wilcox (8). W - Haehl (2-1). L - Wakefield (2-1). Sv- Pearl (5). 2B - UP, Austin Pearce, Riley Henricks; UW,Julien Pollard, Brendan Gardner-Young. HR - UW, Kyle Conley(14), Jake Rife (3). T - 2:43. A - 380.
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