April 3, 2001
SEATTLE - Shortstop Tila Reynolds' infield single in the bottom of the ninth drove in the winning run as the Washington baseball team narrowly escaped Pacific Lutheran, 4-3, in a non- conference game Wednesday evening at Husky Ballpark.
In the ninth, Washington had runners at first and second when Andre Marshall sliced a single to left field, but pinch runner Justin Drake was thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning. After the Lutes intentionally walked Ben Miller to load the bases, Reynolds hit a smash that handcuffed PLU second baseman Chris Ullom, allowing the winning run to score.
Trailing 3-2, PLU had runners aboard at first and second with two outs in the top of the ninth when Lew England hit a hard grounder towards left. UW third baseman Michael Done made a diving stop and seemingly had the game in hand, but his throw to second for the force sailed wide, allowing Mark Lydell, who had singled to lead off the ninth, to score from second base and tie the game at 3-3.
With the win, the Huskies broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 15-10 overall. The Lutes, a member of the Division III Northwest Conference, fell to 9-12 on the season.
The Lutes took a 1-0 lead in the first when Nolan Soete walked and eventually scored on a single from Micheal Colon. The Huskies went in front 2-1 with two runs in the second. Bryan Johnson doubled to lead off and was followed by a Michael Done walk. Both moved up a base on a passed ball and both scored on a double from freshman John Otness.
In the third, Reynolds led off with a double and scored on a Jay Garthwaite single. PLU closed the gap to 3-2, thanks to three Husky errors in the inning.
Lutes starter Brian Farman (2-5) was the tough-luck loser, working eight-plus innings and surrendering four runs (three earned) on 10 hits. The senior walked two and struck out two.
UW starter Jeff Carlsen, a 6-foot-7 senior from Poulsbo, allowed only two hits -- both singles in the first inning -- and one run while fanning six in five innings of work, but didn't figure in the decision.
The Huskies travel to Hawaii this weekend for four games at Hawaii-Hilo before playing St. Martin's next Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Game Washington 4, Pacific Lutheran 3 Pac. Lutheran 100 000 001 -- 3 5 1 Washington 021 000 001 -- 4 12 3 Brian Farman, Luke Faxon (9) and Adam Epperson. Jeff Carlsen, Greg Colburn (6), Trevor Gibson (8), Matt Gardner (8), Scott Robertson (8) and Ben Johnson. W - Robertson (2-0). L - Farman (2-5). 2B - UW, Bryan Johnson, John Otness, Tila Reynolds. T - 2:43. A - 264.