April 8, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Washington baseball team squandered a 6-0 lead and a pair of two-run home runs from Michael Camporeale as Cal State Northridge came back to beat the Huskies, 8-7, Monday at Matador Field.
Tied 7-7 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Matadors loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an intentional walk. Chester Pak dropped a single to shallow right-center, driving in the winning run.
CSUN reliever DJ Milam (3-0) picked up the win, pitching a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth. UW closer Tyler Kane, who came on to begin the eighth inning, took the loss to fall to 0-2.
The Huskies (8-22) got a solid effort from freshman Troy Rallings, who was making his first college start. In four-plus innings, Rallings allowed three runs (only one of them earned) and struck out seven.
Camporeale, a senior who had missed time recently due to injury, finished 2-for-4 with his first two home runs of the season. Robert Pehl also drove in two runs and both Jayce Ray and Andrew Ely had two hits.
The Huskies broke through in the fourth for the game's first runs. Brian Wolfe tripled and Camporeale followed with his first homer, staking the Dawgs to a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, with one out, Ray and Ely singled before Pehl blasted a double to the fence in right-center driving home both runners to make it 4-0. After a second out, Camporeale went deep for the second time, making it a 6-0 lead.
The Matadors (17-15) cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth, chasing Rallings from the game before he could qualify for the victory. After loading the bases on a double, an error and a walk, Rallings was relieved by Zach Wright. He got an out, but a double from Kyle Attl drove in a pair. Nate Ring followed with an RBI groundout to make it 6-3.
In the sixth, the Huskies got a double from catcher Parker Guinn, who scored on a single and an error off the bat of Ray, making it 7-3, but the Matadors answered again in the bottom of the inning. Pak tripled and scored on a single from Alexis Mercado, who crossed on a double from Anthony Lombardi, slashing the UW lead to 7-5.
Ring, the Matadors' center fielder, cut the lead to a run when he hit a one-out solo homer in the seventh, his third of the season. In the eighth, the Matadors got it to 7-7 when Michael Livingston led off with a single and eventually came in to score on a one-out single from William Colantono.
Washington wraps up a stretch of 11 straight road games this weekend when the Dawgs travel to Stanford for a three-game, Pac-12 series.
|Linescore - April 8, 2013|
|Cal State Northridge 8, Washington 7|