April 10, 2007
PROVO, Utah - Brigham Young broke a 3-3 tie with a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Kasey Ko, en route to an 8-3 win over the Washington baseball team Tuesday in the first game of a two-game series at Miller Field.
The Huskies (16-14) had just come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth before the BYU rally. The Cougars improved to 20-13 with the win.
BYU grabbed an early lead, scoring a run in the first without benefit of a hit. Right fielder Collin Fanning drew a one-out walk, stole second and third and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Kent Walton, giving the Cougars a 1-0 advantage.
In the second inning, BYU added two more. With the bases loaded on two singles and a walk, shortstop Austin Hall doubled to left field, driving in a pair to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, UW senior Curt Rindal hit a one-out solo home run, his seventh of the year, to straightaway center to get the Huskies on the board. After the home run, the Huskies loaded the bases and a walk to Husky right fielder Brett Kaluza forced in a run to cut the BYU lead to 3-2.
However, BYU answered in the bottom of the inning. With one run already in and the bases loaded with no outs, first baseman Ko doubled down the left-field line, clearing the bases and moving the Cougars in front, 7-3.
BYU reliever Michael Ward (2-1), who came on in the fifth, picked up the victory. Husky starter Nick Haughian suffered the loss to drop to 3-4 on the season. He gave up seven runs on eight hits over four-plus innings.
The Huskies and Cougars close out the two-game series Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. MDT (1:00 p.m. PDT). A live audio broadcast of the game can be heard live at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Brigham Young 8, Washington 3 Washington 000 210 000 -- 3 8 0 Brigham Young 120 041 00x -- 8 11 1 Nick Haughian, Jason Erickson (5), Elliott Cribby (8) and Max Kwan. Blaine Howell, Michael Ward (5) and J.T. Musso. W - Ward (2-1). L - Haughian (3-4). 2B - UW, Matt Hague, Trevor Petersen; BYU, Austin Hall, Kasey Ko. HR - UW, Curt Rindal (7). T - 2:51. A - 525. Records: UW 16-14; BYU 20-13.