March 8, 2003
SEATTLE - Despite a steady rain falling throughout the entire game, the Washington baseball team outlasted the elements and edged Washington State, 6-5, Saturday at Husky Ballpark in the second game of a three-game, non-conference series. The game got underway nearly two hours late due to the rain, which never stopped falling all afternoon.
Husky sophomore lefty David Dowling (4-0) picked up his fourth win in relief. Dowling worked one and one-third innings in relief of starter Jeff Petersen, who fanned seven and allowed three earned runs over five and two-thirds innings.
Will Fenton, who has yet to allow a run and has given up only three hits in nine innings this season, worked the final two frames to earn his fourth save of the year and second of the weekend. He allowed a single in the ninth, but struck out three in the final frame.
WSU senior starter Tony Banaszak (0-4) gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits over five and one-third innings to take the loss for WSU (3-12).
In the third, WSU scored a run to cut the lead. With two outs, Jay Miller reached on a throwing error by Husky shortstop Tila Reynolds and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Justin Hart singled up the middle to drive him home.
Washington took advantage of a pair of errors in the fifth to increase its lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs, but WSU tied it with three in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Wes Falkenborg singled home a run with the bases loaded. Jeff LaRue followed with a two -run single to tie the game and chase Husky starter Jeff Petersen from the game. UW reliever David Dowling needed only one pitch to end the threat with a grounder back to the mound.
The Huskies took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, catcher Aaron Hathaway tripled and scored on a double from freshman Brent Lillibridge. After reliever Aaron MacKenzie came on in place of starter Tony Banaszak, the Huskies loaded the bases on a walk and a hit batter. With the sacks full and two down, Wagner was hit with a full-count pitch to drive in a run.
The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. Derek Bruce's sacrifice fly cut the Husky lead to 6-5, but Dowling got a strikeout and a groundout to end the rally.
Hart had four hits -- all singles -- to lead the Cougar offense.
The Huskies, winners of four straight, and Cougars close out the three-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
NOTE: Sunday's game will NOT air on radio as scheduled as the Husky women's basketball game, which tips off at 12:30, will pre-empt the baseball coverage.
LINESCORE Washington 6, Washington State 5 Wash. St. 001 003 100 -- 5 9 2 Washington 020 022 00x -- 6 6 2 Tony Banaszak, Aaron MacKenzie (6) and Jon Baeder. Jeff Petersen, David Dowling (6), Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Dowling (4-0). L - Banaszak (0-4). Sv - Fenton (4). 2B - WSU, Wes Falkenborg, Jeff LaRue; UW, Tila Reynolds, Brent Lillibridge. 3B - UW, Hathaway. HR - UW, Chad Boudon (2). T - 3:14. A - 364. Records: UW 8-6, WSU 3-12.
Note: Start of game delayed by one hour, 53 minutes due to rain.