May 25, 2003
SEATTLE - Aaron Hathaway's two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning broke an 8-8 tie and capped a big rally as the Washington baseball team overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat USC, 10-8, Sunday at Husky Ballpark on the last day of the regular season.
The UW win completed a three-game sweep of USC, Washington's first ever over the perennial powerhouse. The Huskies are now only 8-24 all-time against the Trojans.
Washington finished the regular season with a 40-16 overall record and a 15-9 mark in Pac-10 play, good for sole possession of third place in the conference. USC had its slim NCAA postseason chances erased, finishing the year 28-28 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10. A team must finish over .500 overall to be considered for an NCAA berth.
The Huskies, who fell behind 6-0 and 7-1 in the game, finally completed the comeback with two runs in the eighth. Tied 8-8 going into the inning, the Huskies had two down and Lillibridge at first. Lillibridge stole second and came around with the tie-breaking run on a double down the right field line by Hathaway, the Huskies' sophomore catcher. After a walk, Kyle Larsen's RBI single added insurance, sending home Hathaway.
Husky reliever Trent Baysinger (4-1) allowed one run over three and two-thirds innings for the victory. Closer Will Fenton threw a perfect ninth for his league-leading 10th save. Fenton finished the regular season not having allowed a single run in 30 innings. USC reliever Bret Butler (1-5), a Woodinville High grad, suffered the loss, allowing one run over one and two-thirds.
USC, which had been outscored 33-3 in the first two games of the series, got its offense going early Sunday, scoring six in the first. A double from shortstop Anthony Lunetta and a pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs, and after Joey Metropoulos walked to force in one run, center fielder Travis McAndrews singled through the right side to send in two more. A sacrifice fly from DH Jon Brewster gave the Trojans a 4-0 lead.
After a groundout, freshman right fielder Ryan Broderick worked the count full and fouled off several pitches before belting his third home run of the year to right field. The two-run homer gave USC a 6-0 lead and chased Husky junior starter Clay Johnson from the game two outs into the first inning.
Washington mustered one run in the bottom of the opening frame as second baseman Greg Isaacson and Hathaway belted back-to-back, one-out doubles. In the third, USC made it 7-1 when McAndrews doubled and eventually came around on a single from spencer Gordon.
Lillibridge hit a solo homer in the third, his 12th of the season, cutting USC's edge to 7-2. In the fourth, the Huskies drew within one as an error opened the door to a four-run inning.
With one out, Chad Boudon reached on a Lunetta throwing error. After stealing second and moving to third on an errant throw from catcher Jeff Clement, Boudon scored on a Tila Reynolds single. Walks to John Otness and Nick Batkoski loaded the bases and Lillibridge drove in Reynolds with a single. After USC starter Brian Bannister was removed, reliever Josh Rummonds walked Isaacson to force in a run and Hathaway followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-6.
Washington completed the rally, taking the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the sixth. With two down and runners at first and second, Hathaway blooped a single to shallow right to send home Nick Batkoski with the tying run. Mike Wagner followed with another single to right to send home Lillibridge and give the UW an 8-7 lead.
USC quickly tied the game in the top of the seventh when Metropoulos hit a one-out solo home run, his 11th of the year.
The Huskies will gather in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium tomorrow to watch the NCAA tournament selection show on ESPN2 at 9:30 a.m. Regional play begins next Friday.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Washington 10, USC 8 USC 601 000 100 -- 8 8 2 Washington 101 402 02x -- 10 12 0 Brian Bannister, Josh Rummonds (4), Bret Butler (6), Fraser Dizard (8) and Jeff Clement. Clay Johnson, David Dowling (1), Trent Baysinger (5), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Baysinger (4-1). L - Butler (1-5). Sv - Fenton (10). 2B - USC, Anthony Lunetta, Travis McAndrews 2; UW, Greg Isaacson, Hathaway 2. HR - USC, Ryan Broderick (3), Joey Metropoulos (11); UW, Brent Lillibridge (12). T - 3:24. A - 787. Records: USC, 28-28, 11-13 Pac-10; UW 40-16, 15-9 Pac-10.