April 7, 2001
HILO, Hawaii - Washington baseball team held onto a lead in the first game, 10-7, and Talei Sooto homered in the bottom of the ninth to give Hawaii-Hilo the game two win, 6-5, in a doubleheader split Saturday at Wong Stadium. The Huskies' record stands at 17-11 after the split while Hilo is now 5-25.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Huskies led 9-0 in the third before surrendering their first runs of the series as Ryan Petersen belted a two-run double to make it 9-2. Washington has scored four in the first and five in the third, collecting nine hits by the end of top of the third inning.
Freshman second baseman John Otness had the biggest Husky hit of game one, connecting for a three-run double in the third. Third baseman Michael Done had RBI singles in both the first and third. Tila Reynolds, Jay Garthwaite and Tyler Davidson each posted two hits in the first game.
Senior Matt Gardner (1-0) picked up the game-one victory in relief of starter Randy Vanderplow, who allowed the first five batters to reach in the fifth before coming out. Gardner worked an inning and a third, allowing one run. Scott Robertson came on with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and got out of the jam without allowing a run. He finished the game for his fifth save of the season. UHH starter Ben Siff (1-4) allowed six earned runs in three innings for the loss.
In game two, the Vulcans took leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before the Huskies could come back and take a lead for good. In the fifth, the Huskies used two UHH errors to score their third run.
It wasn't until the eighth when the Huskies finally got their first lead. Duggan Moran's double plated one run, and catcher Tim Rice laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score Done with the go-ahead run. The Vulcans, however, came back to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Ryan Petersen's sacrifice fly scored Mike Hobbs from third. The Huskies prevented the go-ahead run from scoring when Rice tagged out Kaliko Oligo trying to score from third on a double steal attempt.
After Shaun Suzuki (1-0) held the Huskies scoreless in the top of the ninth, Sooto led off the bottom of the inning with a homer to left on a 3-2 pitch from freshman Trevor Gibson (0-2), who suffered the loss for the Huskies. Done picked up five hits in the doubleheader to lead the Washington offense while Hilo's Petersen had five RBI on the day.
The Huskies and Vulcans close out the four-game series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (4 p.m. Pacific).
LINESCORES Non-Conference Doubleheader Game One -- Washington 10, Hawaii-Hilo 7 Washington 405 001 0 -- 10 10 1 Hawaii-Hilo 002 041 0 -- 7 10 4 Randy Vanderplow, Matt Gardner (5), Scott Robertson (6) and Ben Johnson. Ben Siff, Sergio Reyes (4) and Todd Jinbo. W - Gardner (1-0). L - Siff (1-4). Sv - Robertson (5). 2B - UW, John Otness, UHH, Keola Park 2, Ryan Petersen. 3B - UW, Tila Reynolds. T - 2:17.
Game Two -- Hawaii-Hilo 6, Washington 5 Washington 002 010 020 -- 5 13 1 Hawaii-Hilo 020 200 011 -- 6 12 3 Taylor Grant, Tyler Shepple (4), Matt Gardner (8), Trevor Gibson (8) and Tim Rice, Ben Johnson (9). Zeb Watts, Sergio Reyes (5), Shaun Suzuki (8) and Todd Jinbo. W - Suzuki (1-0). L - Gibson . 2B - UW, Duggan Moran, UHH, Justin Kaneshiro, Ryan Petersen, Keola Park. HR - UHH, Talei Sooto (1). T - 3:24. A - 175.
NOTE: For game one box score, click on "box score" at the top of this story. For game two's box, go to the schedule/results page (link at top of page).