March 10, 2007
SEATTLE - Matt Hague scored on a single from Ty Rasmussen in the 11th inning to give the Washington baseball team a 6-5 win over Pacific Saturday in game two of a non-conference doubleheader at Husky Ballpark. The win gave the Huskies (7-8) a sweep of the Tigers and stretched their winning streak to five games.
Pacific (5-14-1) saw their road record fall to 0-9 on the season in the loss as the Tigers failed to hold on to a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning. Washington won the first game Saturday, 8-0.
The Huskies rallied in the ninth as Andy Lentz, who finished 4-for-5, led off with a double. He scord on a single from Matt Hague. Hague came around to tie the game when Curt Rindal doubled to right field and the throw from the right fielder got away from the cutoff man.
In the 11th, Hague singled to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, he was able to score just ahead of the throw to the plate on a single from Rasmussen, a redshirt freshman from Enumclaw High.
Husky reliever Geoff Nichols threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings for the win to improve to 1-0. Eastside Catholic product Cole Akins (0-1) threw one and one-third for the loss.
After being shut out in the first game of the doubleheader, Pacific got started quickly with a run in the first. Adam Ching walked to lead off and then, running on the pitch, scored from first on a double from catcher Joe Oliveira.
The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the third when junior catcher Joey Dunn led off the inning with his first home run of the year.
In the fourth, the Tigers went back on top when Clint Eastman singled and eventually came in on an error. In the sixth, Pacific added a third run on an RBI single from shortstop Denis Hill. In the seventh, a sacrifice fly from Zach Chamberlin drove in another to make it a 4-1 Pacific lead.
Washington rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh. Lentz hit a two-out RBI single to score the first run and Rindal drove him in with a bloop double to right to draw the Huskies within a run at 4-3.
The Huskies had two runners on in the eighth, but couldn't score, and the Tigers added a run in the ninth on an RBI single from Zach Chamberlin to send the game to the bottom of the ninth with the Tigers on top, 5-3.
Rindal went 4-for-5 in the game, driving in one run, while Rasmussen finished 3-for-6 with the one run batted in.
The Huskies close out their 12-game homestand next weekend as Cal State Northridge comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Doubleheader -- Game 2 Washington 6, Pacific 5, 11 Innings Pacific 100 101 101 00 -- 5 12 2 Washington 001 000 202 01 -- 6 17 4 Hunter Carnavale, Jake Wild (7), Cole Akins (10) and Joe Oliveira. Tyler Cheney, Elliott Cribby (7), Nick Hagadone (9), Geoff Nichols (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Nichols (1-0). L - Akins (0-1). 2B - UOP, Oliveira, Matt Fuson; UW, Jake Rife, Curt Rindal 2, Andy Lentz. HR - UW, Dunn (1). T - 3:41. A - 282. Records: UOP 5-14-1, UW 7-8.