April 1, 2008
SEATTLE - Freshman Troy Scott hit two home runs and Doug Cherry, Sean Meehan and Julien Pollard each had another as the Washington baseball team overcame an early lead and beat Portland, 17-6, Tuesday night in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark.
Scott, the Huskies' first baseman from Auburn, Wash., finished the day 2-for-3 with three runs batted in. UW freshman Forrest Snow (1-0), making his second appearance, picked up the win in relief, allowing one earned run over three innings.
The Pilots (14-15) took a lead in the first inning. After Kevin Armijo reached with a one-out single, left fielder Bryant Kraus belted his fourth homer of the season over the left-field fence to put Portland in front, 2-0. In the third, a groundout from Tyler Thompson with the bases loaded sent home a third UP run.
In the fourth, the Huskies (18-8) took advantage of a crucial error to score five runs. With two on and one out, Aaron Russell's ground ball to short looked like an inning-ending double play, but Brandon Howard mis-handled the ball and the bases were loaded. Brian Pearl then walked to force in the first Husky run before Joey Dunn's two-run double tied it. A two-run single from UW shortstop David Bentrott gave Washington a 5-3 lead.
A Husky error led to a Portland run in the fifth, but the Huskies got that run back in the bottom of the fifth when Scott hit a towering solo homer to right, his third of the season.
In the top of the sixth, UP scored again as Riley Henricks led off with a double and scored on a Kevin Armijo single. However, UW had the answer again as Cherry blasted his first homer of the season, a two-run shot to dead center field. Later in the sixth, after a walk, Scott hit his second of the day and fourth of the season, also to straightaway center field, putting the Huskies in front, 10-5.
After Portland scored another unearned run in the top of the seventh, Meehan, a freshman from Centralia, knocked a pinch-hit, three-run homer to center, his second of the year. A pinch-hit RBI single from Matt Stevens and a two-run double from Pearl added three more later in the seventh. Pollard hit his first Husky homer to lead off the eighth.
Pearl, who also pitched a scoreless eighth inning, went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.
The Huskies continue their eight-game homestand at their home away from home this Friday when they host No. 18 Arizona at Safeco Field in a 6:30 p.m. game. Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.), the series continues at Husky Ballpark. All three games vs. Arizona will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Game Washington 17, Portland 6 Portland 201 011 100 -- 6 11 1 Washington 000 514 61x -- 17 13 2 Owen Jones, Ed Wakefield (5), Brian Yoakum (6), Peter Beringhaus (7), Ben Pressler (8) and Eric Brown. Ben Guidos, Forrest Snow (4), Josh Scofield (7), Brian Pearl (8), Kirk Wetmore (9) and Joey Dunn, Ryan Scott (7). W - Snow (1-0). L - Jones (0-1). 2B - UP, Clayton Shaw, Riley Henricks; UW, Dunn, Andy Lentz, Pearl, Jake Rife. HR - UP, Bryant Kraus (4); UW, Troy Scott 2 (4), Doug Cherry (1), Sean Meehan (2), Julien Pollard (1). T - 3:07. A - 326. Records: UP 14-15; UW 18-8.