May 15, 2007
SEATTLE - Right fielder Matt Stevens went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in and a three-run homer as the Washington baseball team exploded for 14 runs in the late innings and beat Gonzaga, 16-6, in the Huskies' final non-conference game of the season Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.
Stevens, who began the season with three hits in his first 40 at bats, has collected 17 hits in his last 41 times up over, raising his average from .075 to .247 over the last 10 games.
The Huskies improved to 27-23 on the season while the Bulldogs, in their final regular season game before the West Coast Conference championship series this weekend at San Diego, fell to 32-23.
UW reliever Brandon McKerney (3-1) picked up the win with two-thirds innings of work. Closer Nick Hagadone, who entered the game in the seventh with the Huskies up by a 7-6 score, worked the final two and one-third for his 11 save.
The Huskies got started in the first. After Michael Burgher led off with a walk, shortstop Danny Cox lifted his fourth home run of the year to straightaway center field, giving the UW an early 2-0 lead.
Gonzaga scored a pair in the third to tie it at 2-2. With two on and one out, first baseman Ryan Wiegand singled to send hom Evan Wells. After a second out, shortstop Aaron McGuinness' single to center drove home Wiegand to tie it.
The Bulldogs took a 3-2 with a run in the fourth as Mike Terry led off with a walk and eventually came in on a two-out single from Bryan Winston. The Zags added a fourth in the sixth when Wiegand walked with the bases loaded.
Washington stormed back to take the lead in the sixth, scoring a five runs off of reliever Jeremy Stumetz, who threw a complete-game shutout to beat the Huskies in March. After a walk and a single put two aboard, Ty Rasmussen singled home one. After a sacrifice bunt, an RBI single from Stevens tied it. Stevens moved to second on a wild pitch and catcher Brett Wilcox singled to center to break the tie as both runners came around.
After a strikeout, Burgher reached on a bunt single, and with an errant throw to first on the play, Wilcox scored to make it a 7-4 Husky lead.
Gonzaga got back to within a run in the seventh, scoring two without the benefit of a base hit. With one out and the bases loaded on two hit batters and a walk, Bryan Winston was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Holcomb followed with a groundout to send in another, cutting the lead to 7-6.
However, in the bottom of the inning, with one run already in on a Rasmussen sacrifice fly, Stevens went the other way with a three-run homer down the right-field line, increasing the lead to 11-6.
In the eighth, the Huskies added five more as Cox, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI, singled home one before Hague followed with a towering two-run homer to left-center. Hague went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBI and two walks. Later in the eighth, Bryce Anderson's pinch-hit single drove in two more.
Burgher and Curt Rindal also had three hits for the UW. Wiegand and McGuinness each added two hits for the Zags. Stumetz (4-2) suffered the loss for Gonzaga.
The Huskies travel to Tucson this weekend for a three-game series with No. 14 Arizona. Friday's game begins at 7:00 p.m. First pitch Saturday is at 6:00 p.m. and the series concludes Sunday at noon. Fans can catch live audio broadcasts of all three games on the "Dawg Channel" at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Washington 16, Gonzaga 6 Gonzaga 002 101 200 -- 6 8 1 Washington 200 005 45x -- 16 17 3 Matt Fields, Jeremy Stumetz (5), Chris Highmark (6), C.J. McClure (7), Bobby McEwen (8) and Dustin Colclough. Bryce Mooney, Harrison Bishop (4), Nick Haughian (6), Brandon McKerney (6), Jason Erickson (7), Elliott Cribby (7), Nick Hagadone (7) and Brett Wilcox. W - McKerney (3- 1). L - Stumetz (4-2). Sv - Hagadone (11). 2B - GU, Aaron McGuinness; UW, Curt Rindal, Michael Burgher. HR - UW, Danny Cox (4), Matt Stevens (2), Matt Hague (11). T - 3:33. A - 655. Records: GU 32-22; UW 26-23.