April 28, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington baseball team exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to beat Washington State, 15-6, in the first game of their three-game series Saturday at Bailey- Brayton Field. The game was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning Friday night. The Huskies led 7-6 at the time of the suspension. In the scheduled Saturday game, Tyler Davidson belted a three-run homer in the eighth to break a 5-5 tie as Washington won, 8-6.
In game one, Washington exploded for eight runs in the eighth to put the game away. Jay Garthwaite's grand slam was the big hit of the inning and a two-run single from Tila Reynolds accounted for two more of the runs.
UW senior Matt Gardner (2-0), who entered the game in the fourth inning and contiued Saturday, earned the victory. The lefty threw four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. Cougar starter Zach Fisher (0-6) worked four and two- thirds innings in the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits. The Cougar defense made eight errors in the game, including three from Bookie Gates and two each from Tanner Kahler and Brent Robertson.
The Cougars had taken a 4-0 lead in the first inning Friday night, as Stefan Bailie's three- run homer, his 14th, capped the outburst. The Huskies, down 5-2 entering the fifth, took advantage of three WSU errors in the fifth to score five runs and take a lead they'd never surrender.
In the second game, Garthwaite hit his second home run of the day to get the Husky offense started. Washington trailed 3-0 after three innings, but Garthwaite put the UW on the board with a two-run homer in the fourth. In that same inning, Washington took a lead when Davidson reached on an error and scored on a double by Michael Done. Tila Reynolds singled to send home Done, giving Washington a 4-3 lead.
After an exchange of runs, WSU pitcher Garrett Alwert (2-3), batting for himself in game two, led off the sixth with his first home run of the season to tie the game at 5-5. Alwert, however, surrendered the home run to Davidson, the Huskies' sophomore right fielder, in the eighth to suffer the loss.
Shawn Kohn (5-1) allowed five runs (three earned) over seven and one-third innings to pick up the game two victory for the Huskies (24-14, 5-9). WSU fell to 14-29 overall and 5-12 in the conference. All nine Husky starters hit safely in game one, led by Davidson's 4-for-5 performance. In the second game, eight of nine UW starters had hits. Marc Rittenhouse went 3-for-5 to lead the UW offense in game two.
Dating back to last season, the Huskies have now won nine in a row against Washington State.
The Huskies and Cougars will continue the three-game series with game two Saturday afternoon. Sunday's finale is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
LINESCORES Pac-10 Conference Games Game One -- Washington 15, Washington State 8 Washington 011 050 080 -- 15 19 2 Wash. St. 401 010 020 -- 8 14 8 Jeff Carlsen, Matt Gardner (4), Tyler Shepple (8) and Ben Johnson. Zach Fisher, Jamin Svendsen (5), Sean Donlin (9) and Jon Baeder. W - Gardner (2-0). L - Fisher (0-6). 2B - UW, Tyler Davidson, Michael Done, WSU, Mike Knight 2, Bookie Gates. HR - UW, Jay Garthwaite (4), WSU, Stefan Bailie (14). T - 3:18. A - 869.
Game Two -- Washington 8, Washington State 6 Washington 000 410 030 -- 8 13 3 Wash. St. 201 101 001 -- 6 7 1 Shawn Kohn, Tyler Shepple (8) and Ben Johnson. Garrett Alwert, Donny Davis (8) and Jon Baeder. W - Kohn (5-1). L - Alwert (2-3). Sv - Shepple (1). 2B - UW, Michael Done, WSU, Mike Knight, Alwert. HR - UW, Jay Garthwaite (5), WSU, Alwert (1). T - 2:11. A - 519.