March 30, 2010
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team took a six-run lead and then held off Seattle University, beating the Redhawks, 6-5, for its fifth straight victory Tuesday at Husky Ballpark.
Junior lefty Adrian Gomez improved to 3-0 with four-inning outing. Gomez, who was only meant to go four innings, allowed just two hits and no runs over that span.
Freshman closer Adam Cimber, who came on in the eighth with the tying runs in scoring position and one out, worked the final two and two-thirds for the save, his sixth of the year.
Washington improved to 12-10 on the season with a fifth consecutive win while the Redhawks, playing for the first time since a 5-2 loss to the UW last Tuesday, dropped to 3-17.
In the second, Aaron Russell led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. After stealing third base, he scored on an infield single from freshman DH Chase Anselment to make it a 2-0 Husky lead.
The Huskies tacked on a third in the third inning when Doug Cherry was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single from Rankin.
In the fourth, the UW broke through for three runs, utilizing a pair of Redhawks errors. With runners at second and third, shortstop Andy Bethel singled, but the ball got past the SU right fielder, allowing two to score and leaving Bethel at third. He scored on a single from Smith to make it 6-0.
SeattleU scored its first runs in the top of the fifth. After three walks loaded the bases, Nate Roberts' two-out single to center drove in a pair to cut the Husky advantage to 6-2.
The Redhawks rallied again in the seventh. After an infield single, Cullen Hendrickson tripled to drive in one and then scored himself on a single from Roberts, narrowing the gap to 6-4.
SeattleU ended up with the potential tying runs at second and third with one out, but Cimber got out of the jam with two infield popups to preserve the lead.
Finally, in the ninth, Josh Kalalau led off with his third homer of the season to make it a one-run game, but Cimber retired the next three in order to end it.
Next up for the Huskies is their Pac-10-opening series vs. Washington State. Games are Thursday and Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Washington 6, Seattle University 5 Seattle Univ. 000 020 200 -- 5 9 2 Washington 111 300 00x -- 6 9 1 Arlo Evasick, Max Whieldon (4), Brian Shannon (7) and Skip Spencer. Adrian Gomez, Forrest Snow (5), Ben Guidos (6), Adam Cimber (7) and Pierce Rankin. W - Guidos (1-3). L - Evasick (1-4). Sv - Cimber (6). 2B - SU, Josh Kalalau; UW, Jacob Lamb, Aaron Russell. 3B - SU, Cullen Hendrickson. HR - SU, Kalalau (3). T - 2:29. A - 301. Records: SU 3-17; UW 12-10.