February 25, 1999
LAS VEGAS - After beating Creighton, 16-12, earlier in the day at the UNLV/Coors Desert Classic, the Washington baseball teams rally fell short in a loss to Clemson, 13-12, thanks to two home runs from Tiger second baseman Kurt Bultmann.
Bultmann belted a grand slam in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Tigers and lead and add some insurance. UW reliever Daniel Jahn (1-1), who surrendered the grand slam, took the loss while Clemson reliever Matt Additon (2-0) earned the win. Washington fell to 6-3 on the season while 12th-ranked Clemson remained unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.
Down two runs to one, the Huskies got a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third inning from Dominic Woody, his sixth in eight games this season. Later that inning with the bases loaded, Matt Hollod blooped a double down the left field line to give Washington a 4-2 lead and chase Ryan Mottl, Clemsons National Team pitcher, from the game.
In the fifth, Hollod doubled home Kevin Ticen and then scored on a single from shortstop Greg Brooks to give the Huskies a 6-3 lead. But in the top of the sixth, the Tigers rallied for six runs. Four of those tallies came when Bultmann blasted his grand slam.
Down 13-8 in the eighth, the Huskies scored three runs in the eighth and had the bases loaded with none out in the ninth, but a double play scored a run to make it 13-12 and Kyle Woods popped out to end the threat.
Hollod led the Husky offense with 2-for-3 hitting and three runs batted in. Ticen chipped in with a double, a solo homer and three runs scored. Aside from Bultmann, Jason Harris, Khalil Greene and Justin Singleton each had a pair of hits for the Tigers.
Friday, the Huskies take on Nevada-Reno at 10:00 a.m. in the third of five games in Las Vegas.
LINESCORE UNLV/Coors Desert Classic, Las Vegas #12 Clemson 13, Washington 12 Clemson 101 107 300 -- 13 13 2 Washington 013 022 031 -- 12 16 3 Ryan Mottl, Matt Additon (3), Mike Proto (6), Steve Reba (8), Thomas Boozer (9) and Brian Ellis. Travis Anderson, Daniel Jahn (6), Ken Ferguson (6), Matt Gardner (8), Matt Massingale (9) and Dominic Woody. W - Additon (2-0). L - Jahn (1-1). Sv - Boozer (1). 2B - CU, Henri Stanley; UW, Matt Hollod 2, Kevin Ticen. 3B - CU, Kyle Frank. HR - CU, Kurt Bultmann 2 (3); UW, Woody (6), Ticen (5). T - 4:04. A - 492.