Snyder Comes Up Clutch With Game Winning Sac Fly In Bottom Of 12
SEATTLE - The Huskies were a little more amped up than normal as crosstown rival Seattle U. visited Husky Ballpark.
Redshirt Freshman Josh Emanuels got the start on the mound giving the Huskies three solid innings of scoreless ball with 4 strike outs to just 2 hits.
Unfortunately Husky bats were a bit slow out of the gate as well. Seattle soon found themselves up 2-0 following a lead off homer in the 4th off reliever Bryce Armstrong, followed by a pair of hits and a throwing error at shortstop.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the 6th. Cole Miller led off putting the ball in play to the right side. It was a race to the bag between Miller and the pitcher with Miller barely edging him out. There was no question he was safe though as the pitcher had trouble finding his footing on the bag while also reaching back to make a catch and the ball ultimately got by him sending Miller on to 2nd base on the error. Two outs later McKay Barney singled to second base putting runners on the corners, but a Johnny Tincher pop up to left field left the Huskies scoreless after 6.
In the 8th, walks to Karl Koerper and McKay Barney put a runner in scoring position for Johnny Tincher. This time he came through with a single up the middle past a diving shortstop scoring Christian Dicochea who was pinch running for Koerper.
Down 2-1 the Husky offense got another jolt as AJ Guerrero doubled to left field to lead off the inning. Coby Morales drew a full count walk in the next at bat. Preston Viltz pinch ran for Guerrero as did Ben Smith for Morales. Michael Snyder then did his job sacrificing them to the next bag via a bunt to the pitcher. That set the table for Cole Miller who was able to drive in Viltz with a fly out to center to tie the ball game at 2-2 to send the game into extra innings.
Seattle U. put another run up in the top of the 10th forcing the Huskies to battle once again. In the bottom half of the frame, lead off batter Dalton Chandler was handed first base after being hit by a pitch. McKay Barney advanced him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Will Simpson took advantage of the opportunity singling to right field to score Chandler and tie up the game once more.
The tie was quickly erased however, as Seattle U. struck back with a lead off homerun to center field. Then things got really interesting. Following a walk and a single, Seattle U. drove a shot to right fielder Kyle Fossum who made an incredible diving catch for the third out...or so it would seem. Seattle U. contested the call, the umpires huddled, and the call was ultimately reversed. Unfortunately for Seattle U. the runner who scored from second was put back on third being awarded only one base following the umpire's third out call which had the Huskies running off the field versus trying to make that play at home. With the bases loaded, pitcher Jack Bunnell got out of a jam with a pop up to shortstop.
Down 4-3 the Huskies had some work to do once again. Michael Snyder got things going with a one-out double down the left field line. He quickly advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cole Miller took advantage of the opportunity for an RBI and hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie things up once again at 4 a piece.
Both teams were officially trading punches at this point and Seattle U. wasted no time answering as their lead off batter singled to right field. A sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position and all the way to 3rd on another ground out. He would score the very next batter on a single through the left side. Up 5-4, the damage almost worsened when a double to Fossum in right field set up an RBI to score from first base. Fossum quickly got the ball in to Dicochea at 2nd though who relayed it to catcher Jake Leitgeb leaving the baserunner hung out to dry.
Stepping to the plate in the bottom of the 12th down 5-4, the Huskies had work to do once more. They quickly proved that they were up to the challenge though as Barney led off with a single up the middle and was quickly on 2nd following a Leitgeb sacrifice bunt. Barney then stole 3rd and watched a throw from the catcher sail well over everyone's head into left field. He immediately headed for home to tie the game for the fourth time.
With just one out, the Huskies saw their opportunity to not just play catch up, but to grab the lead and put an end to things. Will Simpson singled through the left side. Then Nick Hovland singled to right field. Then Ben Smith walked. This all left Michael Snyder staring at ducks on a pond and only one out as he took his place in the batters box. Would the Huskies finally be able to close things out on this long, frigid March night? He fouled off the first pitch. Strike one. That was all he needed to see though. His timing was dialed in and he launched a fly ball down the right field line. The right fielder made a valiant effort after the catch, but Simpson was still able to tag up and score from 3rd in plenty of time, quickly emptying the Husky bench as the entire team swarmed Snyder on the right side of the infield. Huskies win, 6-5!