May 12, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Despite two home runs each Ty Rasmussen and Trevor Petersen, the Washington baseball team lost, 8-6, to Stanford as the Cardinal broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the eighth and then hung on for the win Saturday at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal win evened the weekend series at one win apiece. The Huskies, still alone in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings, fell to 26-22 overall and 9-8 in conference play. Stanford improved to 20-27 overall and 5-15 in the league.
With the score tied at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Stanford struck for five runs off of Husky reliever Nick Haughian, who took the loss to drop to 4-7 on the season. Brian Juhl reached on a one-out, pinch-hit single. Brent Milleville followed with a double to left-center, sending home Juhl to give the Cardinal a lead. Run-scoring singles from Ryan Seawell and Joey August, an RBI triple from Sean Ratliff and an RBI double from Michael Taylor added four more.
Washington, however, managed to score three runs in the top of the ninth and brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate with two outs. After a two-out double from Curt Rindal drove in one run, Petersen hit his second of two homers to draw the Huskies within two at 8-6. Rasmussen and Danny Cox followed with singles to bring Matt Stevens to the plate. However, Austin Yount induced a groundout from Stevens to end the game and pick up his first save.
Rasmussen, a redshirt freshman from Enumclaw, hit a pair of solo homers for the UW, increasing his season total to nine. Petersen, a sophomore from Tukwila, hit a solo homer and a two-run shot, his first two of the year.
Stanford reliever Nolan Gallagher (4-6), who came on in the eighth, picked up the victory.
Stanford scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third. Seawell singled and Joey doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. A groundout from Brendan Domaracki drove in one, but a strikeout and a flyout ended the threat with the Cardinal leading by just a 1-0 margin.
Washington answered in the top of the fourth with a couple of longballs. With one out, sophomore DH Trevor Petersen belted his first homer of the season off the scoreboard in left field and Rasmussen followed on the next pitch, lining his a shot down the left-field line to give the UW a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinal replied, taking the lead back with two runs. Stanford loaded the bases with no outs and got sacrifice flies from Milleville and Seawell.
The Cardinal threatened again in the fifth, getting runners to second and third with one out, but reliever Tyler Cheney came on and got two flyouts to end the inning with no runs scored.
In the following inning, the sixth, Rasmussen hit his second homer, another first-pitch solo shot to left field, to tie the game at 3-3.
Husky third baseman Matt Hague went 0-for-5 as his 19-game hitting streak was snapped.
The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. Fans in the Seattle area can listen live on KKNW AM-1150. The game will also air live on CSTV, with former Husky All-American Kevin Stocker providing the color commentary.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Stanford 8, Washington 6 Washington 000 201 003 -- 6 13 0 Stanford 001 200 05x -- 8 16 0 Elliott Cribby, Tyler Cheney (5), Nick Haughian (8), Brandon McKerney (8) and Joey Dunn. Jeremy Bleich, Nolan Gallagher (8), Blake Hancock (9), Austin Yount (9) and Brent Milleville, Brian Juhl (9). W - Gallagher (4-6). L - Haughian (4-7). Sv - Yount (1). 2B - UW, Bradley Boyer 2, Matt Stevens, Curt Rindal; SU, Sean Ratliff, Joey August, Brent Milleville, Michael Taylor. 3B - SU, Ratliff. HR - UW, Trevor Petersen 2 (2), Ty Rasmussen 2 (9). T - 3:07. A - 1,545. Records: UW 26-22, 9-8 Pac-10; STAN 20-27, 5-15 Pac-10.