Feb. 14, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A two-out RBI single by second baseman Greg Isaacson in the top of the ninth broke a 9-9 tie and allowed Washington to emerge from a seesaw game with a 10-9 win over Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.
The Huskies (3-1) scored in seven of the nine innings, including each of the last six, but didn't lead in the game after the fourth inning until Isaacson's game-winner. Kyle Larsen led off the ninth with a double and, after a strikeout, a walk and a fielder's choice groundout, scored on Isaacson's first hit of the game.
UW sophomore reliever David Dowling, who struck out six in four and two-thirds innings, picked up his second relief victory of the season. Will Fenton worked a perfect ninth for the save. LMU closer Kyle Huddy (0-2) suffered the loss for the Lions, who fell to 0-4, having been swept last weekend in Berkeley by California.
Washington opened the scoring when junior left fielder Mike Wagner led off the second inning with his first home run of the season, an opposite-field liner over the fence in right.
LMU tied it at 1-1 in the third. Right fielder James Cooper led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout from leadoff hitter Billy Lockin.
The Huskies took little time to get back in front. John Otness walked to lead off the fourth and, after an out, first baseman Kyle Larsen hammered a long home run to right. It was the third straight game with a homer for the slugging sophomore from Redmond's Eastlake High. Later in the fourth, Taylor Johnson singled and scored when DH Chad Boudon belted a double, his second of the game, off of the center-field fence to increase the UW lead to 4-1.
The Lions struck back to go ahead 6-4 with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sean Smith walked and Joshua Whitesell was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. A sacrifice moved the runners to second and a third and Carl Stoeber sneaked a groundball through the left side of the infield to drive them both home. Kyle Mura was then hit by a pitch and Cooper singled up the middle to drive in the tying run.
After Husky starter Sean White loaded the bases with an errant throw to first on high chopper, he forced in a run by walking Lockin, pushing Mura across with the go-ahead run, giving LMU a 5-4 lead. With one out and the bases still loaded, UW reliever David Dowling threw a wild pitch to allow Cooper to cross before striking out the final two batters of the inning.
Washington had a chance to tie in the fifth. With two on, Wagner doubled, driving in Tila Reynolds, but Otness was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base and the LMU lead held at 6-5. The Lions tacked on two more in the fifth when catcher Jonathan Higashi scored on a first-and-third double steal and Cooper singled through the middle to drive in another.
The Huskies drew back to within a run with two in the sixth as Reynolds singled home two runs to shorten the Lions' advantage to 8-7. In the seventh, Boudon's third hit of the game, a single, drove home catcher Aaron Hathaway, who'd singled and stolen second base, to tie the game at 8-8.
It wasn't long, however, before LMU was back on top, 9-8. Pinch hitter Jonathan Oller doubled to lead off the seventh and pinch runner Anthony Soto, in for Oller, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a sac fly from Stoeber.
In the eighth, the UW tied it at 9-9 when Reynolds singled and eventually came around on a John Otness single.
The Huskies and Lions continue the three-game series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORE Washington 10, Loyola Marymount 9 Washington 010 312 111 -- 10 15 0 Loyola Marymount 001 520 100 -- 9 12 1 Sean White, David Dowling (4), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. Joshua Muecke, Todd Lundwall (5), Joshua Whitesell (7), Kyle Huddy (8) and Jonathan Higashi. W - Dowling (2-0). L - Huddy (0-2). Sv - Fenton (1). 2B - UW, Chad Boudon 2, Mike Wagner, Kyle Larsen; LMU, Whitesell, James Cooper, Jonathan Oller. HR - UW, Wagner (1), Larsen (3). T - 3:32. A - 305. Records: UW 3-1; LMU 0-4.