March 5, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Pinch hitter Doug Cherry's two-out, two-run double in the seventh capped a seven-run rally and lifted the Washington baseball team to a marathon, come-from-behind 11-9 win over Long Beach State Friday night in the first game of a weekend series at Blair Field.
The Huskies (5-4) had trailed in the game 6-0 and 9-4 before the seven-run seventh. After a two-run double from Troy Scott had tied the game, Cherry came up with two on and two out and laced a double down the left-field line to give Washington its first lead.
Due to impending bad weather in southern California, Saturday's game, originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m., will now get underway at 12 noon.
Washington had good scoring chances in the second and third innings, getting a runner to third with less than two outs on both occasions, but it was Long Beach State (3-5) that opened the scoring, posting six in the bottom of the third.
With runners at the corners, Brennan Metzger and Jordan Casas drove in a run each with back-to-back singles. After an error allowed a third run, UW reliever Brandon Rohde replaced starter Forrest Snow. A wild pitch and a double led to two more runs before a second out and the Dirtbags made it 6-0 on an infield single from Derek Legg.
The Huskies finally broke through in the following inning, answering with four runs of their own. After loading the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single, David Bentrott bounced into a force at second base, allowing Caleb Brown to score from third. Left fielder Julien Pollard followed with a single to right to drive in another.
After Jason Markovitz replaced starter Jake Thompson, Boyer and Scott knocked back-to-back, RBI singles, cutting the LBSU lead to 6-4.
In the fifth, Long Beach extended its lead to 9-4 thanks to a two-out, two-run single from catcher Kellen Hoime, who then scored on a Metzger triple.
In the seventh, the Huskies began their seven-run rally. Wolfe singled to drive in Jacob Lamb for a fifth Husky run of the night before Pollard reached on a crucial error with the bases loaded, allowing two more runs to score.
Scott followed with a double down the left-field line, allowing two more runs to score, tying the game at 9-9 before Cherry came through with the pinch-hit double.
LBSU reliever Ryan Donohue (0-1), who was responsible for the go-ahead runs, suffered the loss.
The three-game series continues with a noon game tomorrow and wraps up Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. contest.
LINESCORE Washington 11, Long Beach State 9 Washington 000 400 700 -- 11 14 1 Long Beach State 006 030 000 -- 9 12 2 Forrest Snow, Brandon Rohde (3), Adrian Gomez (5), Adam Cimber (7), Andrew Kittredge (9) and Pierce Rankin. Jake Thompson, Jason Markovitz (4), Kenny Arnerich (6), Cris Trout (7), Ryan Donohue (7), David Brown (7) and Kellen Hoime. W - Gomez (1-0). L - Donohue (0-1). Sv - Kittredge (1). 2B - UW, Rankin, Bradley Boyer, Troy Scott, Doug Cherry; LBSU, Joey Terdoslavich. 3B - LBSU, Brennan Metzger. T - 4:23. Records: UW 5-4; LBSU 3-5.