March 7, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team got three hits each from Tila Reynolds, Kyle Larsen and John Otness to hand Washington State a 11-8 loss Friday night in the first game of a three- game, non-conference series at a cold and wet Husky Ballpark.
Husky senior starter Sean White (1-3), who had struggled in three starts since falling by a 1-0 score on opening day, got his first win of the year, allowing two earned runs over five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Will Fenton got the final out in the ninth to record his third save of the season.
Cougar starter Bryce Chamberlin (2-1) suffered his first loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits over five innings of work.
The Cougars (3-11) took advantage of a pair of Husky miscues to get on the board in the first inning. White had already fanned the first two batters of the inning and got Derek Bruce to swing at strike three, but the ball got past catcher Aaron Hathaway and Bruce reached first.
Grant Richardson followed with a single up the middle and the ball got by UW center fielder Simi Reynolds, allowing Bruce to score. White finished the inning by striking out Bruce Jacobson for the fourth K of the inning.
Washington (7-6) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Greg Isaacson walked, Larsen singled and the two moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Right fielder Taylor Johnson grounded a ball down the first base line that was knocked down by Grant Richardson, but not in time to keep both runners from scoring to give UW a 2-1 lead.
Another error -- a dropped fly ball by Reynolds in center -- led to the Cougars tying the game in the second. In the third, the Cougars got four straight, two-out hits -- the last two RBI singles from Jacobsen and Jeff LaRue -- to take a 4-2 lead.
The Huskies scored a run in the fourth to cut the lead. With Hathway at second, Tila Reynolds popped a ball to right field that fell between four Cougar fielders, allowing Hathaway, running all the way with two outs, to score.
Washington went back in front in the fifth when Larsen and Mike Wagner belted long back-to-back home runs. Larsen's sixth of the season came with a man on. Wagner's solo shot was his fifth of the season. Later in the inning, Otness tripled and Chad Boudon doubled and the Huskies led, 7-4.
After the Huskies scored three in the sixth, WSU responded with three in the top of the seventh. The Cougars had two on, none out and the tying run at the plate with three runs already across in the seventh, but reliever Scott Robertson got a double play and a groundout to end the rally.
Richardson had four hits and two RBI to lead the Cougars offense while Bruce had three hits.
The Huskies and Cougars continue the three-game, non-conference series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORE Washington 11, Washington State 8 Wash. St. 111 000 301 -- 8 11 1 Washington 200 143 01x -- 11 13 2 Bryce Chamberlin, Greg Goetz (6), Nick Kenyon (6) and Jon Baeder, Brandon Reddinger (6). Sean White, Scott Robertson (7), Trent Baysinger (8), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - White (1-3). L - Chamberlin (2-1). Sv - Fenton (3). 2B - WSU, Grant Richardson; UW, John Otness, Chad Boudon. 3B - WSU, Justin Hart; UW, Otness. HR - UW, Kyle Larsen (6), Mike Wagner (5). T - 3:21. A - 328. Records: UW 7- 6, WSU 3-11. Note: Game started 51 minutes late due to rain.