Feb. 23, 2008
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After losing in the first game of a doubleheader, 6-3, the Washington baseball team got six hits each from Bradley Boyer and Aaron Russell to cruise to its first win of the season, beating UC Riverside, 19-4, in the nightcap Saturday at Riverside Sports Complex.
Boyer, a junior from Lake Tapps, and Russell, a sophomore from Redmond, accounted for 12 of the Huskies' 23 hits. Boyer was 6-for-7 with two doubles, a run and seven RBI while Russell was 6-for-6 with five runs, a double and one run batted in. In his first game of the season, Russell eclipsed his hits total from all of last season, when he was 5-for-15.
The Huskies ended the day 1-2 on the season while UCR is 2-1.
Senior starter Elliott Cribby allowed only one earned run on three hits over six innings, fanning six for the game-two victory. He combined with sophomore Cam Nobles (two innings) and junior Paul Dickey to allow only three hits and one earned run in the game.
In the opener, UCR took the lead with two in the second and one in the third. Singles from Drew Garcia and Brett Hambright plated the runs in the second and a two-out single from Aaron Wible drove in another in the third.
The Huskies got on the board in the fourth. With Kyle Conley and Brett Wilcox aboard at the corners thanks to a single and a walk, freshman Troy Scott belted a triple to left-center field, driving in a pair with his first college hit.
After the Highlanders added a fourth run in the fourth, the UW answered in the fifth as freshman Julien Pollard singled and eventually came in on a sacrifice fly from Conley.
Riverside, however, pulled away with runs in the seventh and eighth to account for the final 6-3 score. UW starter Jason Erickson (0-1) threw five innings in the loss.
In the second game, the Huskies grabbed their first lead of the weekend with a three-run, two-out rally in the second inning. After two strikeouts to open the second, Russell and David Bentrott singled and Michael Burgher walked to load the bases. Boyer followed with a single to drive in two. Conley followed with a single, sending home Burgher to give the UW a 3-0 lead.
The outburst continued in the third inning. With three runs already in thanks to a double, a hit batter, a passed ball and a wild pitch, Boyer came through with another two-out, two run single, making the score 8-0. Russell's third single of the day drove in a run in the fourth to increase the advantage to 9-0.
After Riverside took advantage of two Husky errors to score three runs in the fifth, the Huskies scored four in the sixth, including two on RBI singles from freshmen Bentrott and Brendan Gardner-Young.
The Dawgs tacked on four more in the sixth and three each in the eighth and ninth innings. Bentrott went 3-for-5 with four runs while Conley, Dunn and Ty Rasmussen had three hits each.
The Huskies and Highlanders are scheduled to play Sunday at 1:00 p.m., though rain is in the forecast. If the game is played on Sunday, no game will be played Monday. If it's not played, the series will conclude with a 1:00 p.m. game Monday. Fans can catch live audio of all the weekend's games for no charge at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Doubleheader Game 1: UC Riverside 6, Washington 3 Washington 000 210 000 -- 3 7 2 UC Riverside 021 100 11x -- 6 12 0 Jason Erickson, Josh Scofield (6), Geoff Brown (7), Brian Pearl (8) and Brett Wilcox. Matt Larkins, Ryan Platt (7) and Brett Hambright. W - Larkins (1-0). L - Erickson (0-1). Sv - Platt (1). 2B - UCR, Aaron Wible, Ryan Goetz. 3B - UW, Troy Scott, Jake Rife. T - 2:40.
Game 2: Washington 19, UC Riverside 4 Washington 035 104 033 -- 19 23 3 UC Riverside 000 030 010 -- 4 3 2 Elliott Cribby, Cam Nobles (7), Paul Dickey (9) and Joey Dunn, Ryan Scott (7). Paul Applebee, D.J. Smith (3), Eddie Orozco (6), Kolby Moore (7), Mike Wolford (8), Joe Kelly (9) and Daniel Pellegrino. W - Cribby (1-0). L - Applebee (0-1). 2B - UW, Ty Rasmussen, Bradley Boyer 2, Aaron Russell. T - 2:54. A - 378. Records: UW 1-2; UCR 2-1.