Feb. 17, 2007
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Despite a solid first college outing from sophomore starter Jorden Merry, the Washington baseball team couldn't come up with enough offense to overcome Cal Poly Saturday, as the Mustangs won the second game of a three-game series, 4-2, at Baggett Stadium.
Cal Poly (7-6) won its seventh game in its last eight as freshman starter Matt Leonard (1-1) picked up his first win. Leonard allowed only one run on five hits over six innings, fanning eight and walking two. Evan Reed earned his third save, working the final one and one-third innings.
Merry, a sophomore transfer from Lower Columbia College, suffered the loss, giving up two runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts over five and one-third innings. Center fielder Andy Lentz had three hits for the Huskies while Matt Hague added two.
The Huskies (0-2), who didn't manage a hit until the fifth inning of Friday's 2-0 loss in their season opener, got started early Saturday. Shortstop Danny Cox led off the game with a bloop single to center and Matt Stevens followed with a single through the left side.
After a fielder's choice groundout put runners at first and third with one out, Cox scored on a balk from Leonard, giving the UW an early 1-0 lead.
Cal Poly finally broke through for its first run in the sixth inning. After a leadoff single from Kyle Smith, the Huskies had a shot at a double play on a grounder to third from Grant Desme. However, the throw from second to first base was just late. Left fielder Bryan Kepner then followed with a double down the left field line, scoring Desme from first base to tie the score at 1-1.
Sophomore Bryce Mooney came on in relief of Merry and, after walking Brent Morel and balking to move runners to second and third, intentionally walked Wes Dorrell. Mooney then hit first baseman Adam Buschini to force in a run before Tyler Cheney took over on the mound. Luke Yoder delivered a sacrifice fly to give Poly a 3-1 lead before the inning ended.
Washington rallied in the eighth, scoring one run to cut the Mustangs lead to 3-2. After Matt Hague and Curt Rindal opened the inning with back-to-back singles, the next two Huskies struck out. Catcher Joey Dunn followed with a chopper to short that looked to end the inning. However, shortstop Kyle Smith couldn't handle it and the ball went off his glove and into shallow center, allowing Hague to score.
In the bottom of the eighth, Cal Poly stretched the lead back to two runs. Luke Yoder singled and moved to second on a balk before scoring on a single from Ryan Lee.
The series concludes Sunday, with first pitch slated for 11:00 a.m. Live stats and live audio will both be available on gohuskies.com
LINESCORE Non-Conference Game Cal Poly 4, Washington 2 Washington 100 000 010 -- 2 9 1 Cal Poly 000 003 01x -- 4 8 2 Jorden Merry, Bryce Mooney (6), Tyler Cheney (6), Elliott Cribby (8) and Joey Dunn. Matt Leonard, Derrick Saito (7), Evan Reed (8) and Wes Dorrell. W - Leonard (1- 1). L - Merry (0-1). Sv - Reed (3). 2B - UW, Matt Hague, Andy Lentz; CP, Bryan Kepner. T - 3:03. A - 1,168. Records - UW 0-2; Cal Poly 7-6.