April 5, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team built an early 9-5 lead and then had to hang on to beat Oregon State, 9-8, on a wet, cold Saturday at Husky Ballpark. The win gave the Huskies a two-games-to-one lead in the three-game Pac-10 series.
Husky junior Jeff Petersen worked five and two-thirds innings for the victory, allowing six runs on 10 hits to improve to 2-2 on the season. Closer Will Fenton struck out five over the final two and one-third innings to pick up his sixth save of the year as Washington improved to 21-9 on the season and 3-2 in Pac-10 play. Fenton has yet to allow a run and has struck out 21 in 12 and two-thirds innings this season.
OSU starter Kenny Anderson (1-3), who suffered two losses in relief vs. the Huskies earlier this season, took the defeat after allowing nine runs (three earned) on six hits over two and two-thirds innings. Reliever Nathan Pendley held the Huskies scoreless over his five and one-third innings of work to give his team a chance.
Senior shortstop Tila Reynolds led the Husky offense, going 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs, including one on a double steal of home. Kyle Larsen and Brent Lillibridge added two hits each for the UW while OSU got three hits apiece from Andy Jarvis and Tony Calderon.
OSU (13-15, 1-4) got the game started with a pair of runs in the top of the first. The Beavers loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles before Seth Pietsch's fielder's choice groundout drove in one run. After a strikeout, Petersen unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Aaron Mathews to score, giving OSU a 2-0 lead after half an inning.
After the Beavers added a third run in the second, the Huskies took advantage of two Beaver errors to score six unearned runs in the bottom of the second.
With a man on first and one out, Taylor Johnson grounded a would-be double play ball to the right side that was mis-fielded by first baseman Jarvis. After Mike Wagner popped out for what should have been the third out, John Otness drove in the two baserunners with a double down the left-field line. Lillibridge singled home Otness and Reynolds reached on a throwing error by third baseman Brad Mellinger.
OSU threatened to tie the game in the third, but after driving in two runs with a double, Chris Biles was thrown out at the plate, trying to score from third on a flyout to center.
Washington added to its 6-5 lead with three runs in the third. Reynolds drove in two with a double and then scored by stealing home on a double steal, increasing the lead to 9-5.
After scoring a run in the sixth, the Beavers threatened to tie the game or take a lead in the seventh. With a seventh run already in on a Calderon RBI single, pinch hitter Kerisi Reynolds, Tila's younger brother, singled home a run with the bases loaded to cut the gap to 9-8, but Fenton fanned another pinch hitter, Jake Postlewait, to end the frame with the bases loaded.
Fenton walked Levi Webber to open the ninth and a sacrifice bunt put the tying run at second base, but Fenton struck out Chris Kunda and Paul Richie to slam the door.
The Huskies will go for the series sweep Sunday in a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORE Washington 9, Oregon State 8 Oregon St. 212 001 200 -- 8 15 3 Washington 063 000 00x -- 9 10 0 Kenny Anderson, Nathan Pendley (3) and Billy Munich, Paul Richie (7). Jeff Petersen, David Dowling (6), Will Fenton (7) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Petersen (2-2). L - Anderson (1-3). Sv - Fenton (6). 2B - OSU, Chris Biles; UW, John Otness, Tila Reynolds, Brent Lillibridge. T - 3:41. A - 436. Records: OSU 13-15, 1-4 Pac-10; UW 21-9, 3-2 Pac-10.