April 28, 2007
Hague, the Husky third baseman, went 4-for-6 with four RBI. He also extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest of the season for the Huskies. Cox went 3-for-6 with seven runs batted in and Bradley Boyer, who also homered, was 3-for-6 with five RBI.
The Huskies (21-20) avoided a three-game sweep with the victory while the Wolverines dropped to 19-25 on the season.
A day after giving up 12 runs to the Wolverines in the second inning, the Huskies, who entered the ninth inning ahead 9-6, scored 11 runs in the final inning.
Jason Erickson (2-1) worked five innings for the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out two. Husky reliever Nick Hagadone threw the final four innings for his seventh save.
Washington took its first lead of the series in the top of the first. After Michael Burgher walked to lead off, Hague, a junior from Kent, belted a two-run homer to right, his eighth of the season, to put the Huskies on top, 2-0.
In the second, with Brett Wilcox aboard at second on a double, Cox, the Huskies' sophomore shortstop, lofted a home run to right, his second, to increase the lead to 4-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Utah Valley State loaded the bases on two singles and walk. Second baseman Keiki Albino singled through the left side to get the Wolverines their first run, but a lineout ended the threat with the bases loaded and the Huskies still on top, 4-1.
The following half-inning, the Huskies got the run back when Jake Rife reached on a error and eventually crossed the plate on a Curt Rindal single. However, UVSC struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth as catcher Derrick Thomas drove in a pair with a single, cutting the Washington advantage to 5-3.
Hague then led off the seventh inning with a long home run to left, his second of the game and ninth of the season. In the same inning, Rindal was hit by a pitch and he came in when Boyer hit his third homer of the year, also to left field.
UVSC scored two in the seventh and the Huskies got one in the eighth on Rindal's second RBI single of the day. The Wolverines then got within three runs with one in the eighth, but couldn't catch up as the Huskies put the game well out of reach with 11 runs in the ninth.
Wilcox had four hits, including a double, and Matt Stevens was 4-for-6 with a pair of stolen bases for Washington.
The Huskies return to Pac-10 action next weekend as Oregon State visits for a three-game series. Friday night's game, a 7:30 p.m. start, will be played at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, and will be broadcast live on FSN-TV. Saturday (2:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.), the action returns to Husky Ballpark. All three games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
Washington 20, Utah Valley State 7
Washington 220 010 31(11) -- 20 25 3
Utah Valley 000 120 211 -- 7 15 2
Jason Erickson, Nick Hagadone (6) and Brett Wilcox. Bryan
Smith, Matthew Ratliff (7), Jory Jensen (7), Craig Brimhall
(9) and Derrick Thomas. W - Erickson (2-1). L - Smith (2-
4). Sv - Hagadone (7). 2B - UW, Wilcox, Jake Rife,
Bradley Boyer. HR - UW, Matt Hague 2 (9), Danny Cox 2 (3),
Boyer (3). T - 3:40. A - 382. Records: UW 21-20; UVSC 19-25.