March 8, 2008
SEATTLE - After allowing three runs in the first inning, UW pitcher Jason Erickson settled in and held Cal Poly scoreless over his final seven innings of work, leading the Washington baseball team to a 5-4 win Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
The win evened the series at one win apiece and improved the Huskies' record to 5-5 on the season. Cal Poly fell to 4-6.
The Mustangs took advantage of three Husky errors in the top of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single from Brent Morel.
From there, however, Erickson, a junior from White River High, kept the Mustangs scoreless until he left after eight innings. He earned the win to improve to 2-1, allowing the three runs (only one earned) on eight hits and one walk while striking out three.
Freshman reliever Geoff Brown allowed a Luke Smith solo homer in the ninth, but picked up his first college save.
After Poly posted its three runs, the UW responded in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs, thanks in large part to two wild pitches and a passed ball. Bradley Boyer, who reached on an infield single, eventually came across on a wild pitch. Ty Rasmussen, who walked and moved up two bases on errant pitches, scored on a Joey Dunn groundout, cutting the Poly lead to 3-2.
In the fourth, the Huskies loaded the bases on a walk and two singles. Left fielder Kyle Conley then delivered a two-out single to left, driving in two to give the Huskies their first lead at 5-3.
Boyer, Scott and Rasmussen led the UW with two hits each.
The three-game series concludes with an 11:00 a.m. game on Sunday. Fans can catch live audio and stats of all games at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Game Washington 5, Cal Poly 4 Cal Poly 300 000 001 -- 4 9 0 Washington 210 200 00x -- 5 10 3 Derrick Saito, Jared Eskew (5) and Wes Dorrell, Josh Thomas (6), Justin Hensley (8). Jason Erickson, Geoff Brown (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Erickson (2-1). L - Saito (1-1). Sv - Brown (1). 2B - CP, David Van Ostrand, Brent Morel; UW, Troy Scott. HR - CP, Kyle Smith (1). T - 2:53. A - 568. Records: CP 4-6; UW 5-5.