Feb. 23, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team snapped its four-game losing streak and salvaged a series split Sunday with a 7-3 win over Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had handed the Huskies 13-2 and 16-1 losses in the first two games of the home-opening series at Husky Ballpark.
Junior reliever Trent Baysinger (1-0) threw three and one-third shutout innings to get the win. The Moscow, Idaho, native and transfer from Walla Walla CC has yet to allow a run in nine innings of relief work as a Husky. Will Fenton came on with two men on and no outs in the ninth, retired the next three Zag batters in order and earned his second save.
Junior left fielder Mike Wagner led the awakened Husky offense with three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI. Senior Tila Reynolds added three hits as well as Washington improved to 4-5 on the season.
GU (2-5) scored a run in the first when leadoff man Eric Rodland singled and eventually came around on a Gordon Corder sacrifice fly. In the third, the Zags made it 2-0 when shortstop Nick Froman doubled, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a groundout from David Johnson.
The Huskies, who had trailed by double digits in both previous games before scoring, tied the game in the third. After first baseman Kyle Larsen reached on a one-out double Wagner followed with his third home run of the season, lofting a Sean Lichter offering over the left-field wall.
Gonzaga went back in front in the fifth. Rodland, who reached base 11 times on the weekend, singled to lead off, moved to second on a walk and scored on a single from Corder.
Washington, however, took its first lead of the weekend in the bottom of the fifth. Wagner and Taylor Johnson singled to get it started. After a balk moved each runner up a base, a sacrifice fly from John Otness drove home Wagner and allowed Johnson to reach third. Johnson scored on a wild pitch from GU reliever Patrick Donovan (0-1), giving the UW a 4-3 edge.
The Dawgs scored a fifth run in the sixth when Reynolds singled, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a Wagner single. In the seventh, the Huskies took advantage of walks, wild pitches and a balk to tack on another pair. Chad Boudon walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a balk and Aaron Hathaway singled, moved to second on that same balk and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Next weekend, the Huskies return to the Los Angeles area for the third time this year. Washington will play in the "Clash of the Conference" tournament in Lancaster, Calif. The UW will face San Diego, Cal State Northridge and San Diego State.
LINESCORE Washington 7, Gonzaga 3 Gonzaga 101 010 000 -- 3 7 1 Washington 002 021 20x -- 7 12 2 Sean Lichter, Patrick Donovan (4), Josh Monroe (6), Matt Reding (7), Eric Everson (7), John Gonzalez (8) and Sam Hess. Jeff Petersen, Trent Baysinger (5), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Baysinger (1-0). L - Donovan (0-1). Sv - Fenton (2). 2B - GU, Nick Froman, Kemp Quackenbush; UW, Kyle Larsen, John Otness, Tila Reynolds, Hathaway. HR - UW, Mike Wagner (3). T - 3:15. A - 732. Records: UW 4-5; GU 2-5.