March 25, 1998
SAN FRANCISCO-- The No. 19 Washington baseball team lost a 3-0 lead, but came back to pull away late to beat San Francisco, 9-3, in the final game of a spring break road trip. The Huskies improved to 14-6 as they return home to face No. 20 Arizona State in a three-game series this weekend at Husky Ballpark.
Washington tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh when a bases-loaded walk was issued to third baseman Ryan Lentz. A double-play ground out from Ed Erickson scored the go-ahead run and a third run came across in the seventh to make it 6-4. In the eighth, Erickson's two-run double highlighted a three-run rally that wrapped the game up.
Freshman reliever Matt Gardner (1-0) earned the win with two no-hit relief innings. USF reliever Chad Soares, who loaded the bases in the seventh, took the loss to fall to 1-2. The Dons, the first-place team in the West Coast Conference, fell to 22-9 on the season.
With two down in the first inning, USF starter Chris Thogersen issued walks to Ryan Lentz and Ed Erickson. Catcher Pete
Orgill followed with a double down the left field line to score one run and Jim Na's single scored two more to make it 3-0.
But the Huskies surrendered the lead when the Dons scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as the Dons took the lead.
The Huskies return to Seattle tonight. They take on No. 20 Arizona State this Friday through Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
LINESCORE at Benedetti Diamond, San Francisco #19 Washington 9, San Francisco 4
Washington 300 000 330 -- 9 10 1 San Fran. 000 220 000 -- 4 5 2
John Gillespie, Matt Gardner (5), Wayne Lee (7), Ken Ferugson (8), Cody Morrison (9) and Pete Orgill, Dominic Woody (7), Kevin Ticen (8). Chris Thogersen, Paul Deffner (4), Chad Soares (7), Ryan Yamamoto (7), Rob Zachos (8) and Josh Goldfield, Ryan Evangelho (7). W - Gardner (1-0). L - Soares (1-2). 2B - UW, Orgill, Ed Erickson; Tag Bozied, Tony Hurtado. T - 3:10. A - 143.