Feb. 24, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Washington baseball closed out its season-opening weekend with a 12-inning, 10-9 loss to Illinois Saturday at the Illini Desert Classic. The Huskies finished the trip with a 2-1 record.
The teams traded early runs before Illinois reliever Reilly Smith and Husky reliever Mike Bomar settled into a pitchers' duel. Bomar worked four and two-thirds no-hit innings before surrendering a single in the ninth. In the meantime, the Huskies scratched two runs off of Smith.
In the fifth, Bryan Johnson walked, moved to second when Thiel was hit by a pitch, took third on a flyout and scored on a passed ball. In the seventh, the Huskies tied the game at 8-8 when Brandon Jacobson was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a Jay Garthwaite double and scored on an unusual sacrifice fly when Thiel popped out to the second baseman, but Jacobson managed to beat the throw home.
Smith would hold the Huskies until the 10th when he gave up singles to Garthwaite and Michael Done to put runners at first and third with one down. Ben Miller followed with the successful squeeze bunt to give Washington the a short-lived 9-8 lead. In the bottom of the 10th, Joe Parenti singled home Andy Hilligoss as Illinois tied the game at 9-9. Illinois (2-2) won the game in the 12th when, with the bases loaded and two outs, Done, the UW third baseman, overthrew first base, allowing Greg Belcher to score.
Bomar ended up throwing five and two-thirds, allowing two hits and no runs while fanning six.
The Huskies travel to face UC Riverside in a three-game series next weekend.
LINESCORE at Tucson Electric Park Illinois 10, Washington 9, 12 innings Washington 123 010 100 100 -- 9 11 3 Illinois 030 500 000 101 -- 10 15 0 Clay Johnson, Mike Bomar (4), Scott Robertson (10), Taylor Grant (10) and Jefferson Thiel. Ryan Kvasnicka, Reilly Smith (3), Matt Vorwald (10) and Jeff Gertz. W - Vorvald (1-1). L - Grant (0-1). 2B - UW, Ben Miller, Bryan Johnson, Thiel, Michael Done. T - 4:15. A - 226.