Feb. 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Washington baseball team got the 2010 season and the Lindsay Meggs era off to a good start as the Huskies used a four-run, two-out rally in the third to beat New Mexico State, 4-2, at Tucson Electric Park.
Andrew Kittredge (1-0), a sophomore from Spokane, picked up the win for the Dawgs. He worked six-plus innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out seven.
Washington trailed 2-0 early, but rallied with four two-out runs in the third. With two down and a runner a second, Bradley Boyer belted a double to right to score one. He scored on a single from freshman Jacob Lamb to tie the score at 1-1 and, after a double from Troy Scott, catcher Pierce Rankin belted a double to left to drive in two more, giving the UW a 4-2 lead that help up the rest of the way.
"A lot of firsts tonight," said Meggs, who was hired at Washington last July. "But most importantly, we got a win. The second most important thing is the way we pitched. We had three guys that threw strikes and were down in the zone and never gave in."
New Mexico State (0-1) grabbed a quick lead with a run in the first. Leadoff hitter Wesley Starkes led off by reaching second when Husky second baseman Bradley Boyer slipped and fell while tracking pop to right. After moving to third on a groundout, Starkes scored on a Mike Sodders single.
In the second, similar circumstances led to another Aggie run. Leo Aguirre doubled on a ball lost in the lights and then scored on a hard-hit double from Joel Cardinal to make it a 2-0.
Washington sophomore lefty Brandon Rohde came on with a runner at first and no outs in the seventh worked two and two-thirds no-hit innings. Freshman Adam Cimber struck out the one batter he faced on three pitches to earn a save in his first college game.
Aggies ace Daniel Simon, who went 9-1 last season, suffered the loss. He went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
In earlier action at the Cactus Classic, Gonzaga opened the tournament with a 10-6 win over Missouri in both teams' season-opener.
Saturday, Washington takes on Missouri at 2:00 p.m. PST and then Gonzaga at 5:00 p.m. PST.
LINESCORE Cactus Classic Washington 4, New Mexico State 2 Washington 004 000 000 -- 4 8 3 NM State 110 000 000 -- 2 7 0 Andrew Kittredge, Brandon Rohde (7), Adam Cimber (9) and Pierce Rankin. Daniel Simon, Justin Cooper (6) and Zac Fisher. W - Kittredge (1-0). L - Simon (0-1). Sv - Cimber (1). 2B - UW, Bradley Boyer, Troy Scott, Rankin. NMSU, Wesley Starkes, Leo Aguirre, Joel Cardinal. T - 2:46. A - 268.