May 2, 2010
SEATTLE - Pinch runner Sean Meehan scored on a wild pitch in the 15th inning to lead the Washington baseball team to a 4-3 win and its first-ever three-game sweep of Stanford in a marathon Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
It was the longest game in the 13-year history of Husky Ballpark. With the sweep, the Huskies improved to 24-19 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-10 while the 21st-ranked Cardinal fell to 21-17 and 10-8. Washington had swept the Cardinal before in a two-game series, but had never taken every game of a three-game set.
In the 15th, freshman Jacob Lamb led off with a single, his fifth hit of the day. After he moved up on a bunt from Miles Kizer, Meehan came on as a pinch runner. A groundout moved Meehan to third and as Stanford reliever Alex Pracher's 3-0 delivery to Caleb Brown bounced to the backstop to allow Meehan to score.
Both bullpens were spectacular as neither team scored from the fifth inning up until the 15th. UW reliever Adam Cimber (5-2) pitched five scoreless innings for the victory. Jacob Clem went five and two-thirds scoreless before Cimber came on to begin the 11th.
Pracher, the Stanford closer, limited Washington to just the one run on only three hits over seven and two-thirds, but took the loss to drop to 6-3.
Stanford took advantage of a pair of two-out miscues from the UW to open the scoring in the first. After two quick outs, Stephen Piscotty reached on an error by Husky shortstop David Bentrott. Jonathan Kaskow followed with a pop to shallow right, but second baseman Doug Cherry and right fielder Bradley Boyer collided while attempting to make the catch and the ball dropped, allowing Piscotty to score and Kaskow to get all the way to third. A single from Kenny Diekroeger plated Kaskow to score, giving the Cardinal a 2-0 edge.
Washington broke through to tie the score with two in the third. With runners at first and second with two down, freshman DH Chase Anselment laced a single up the middle to score Julien Pollard. Brown followed with a double to right to score one, but Anselment was thrown out at the plate for the third out with the score knotted 2-2.
Stanford went back in front in the fifth. After one out, the Cardinal loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter. Clem came on in relief of starter Forrest Snow and walked Kaskow to force in a run, but then got a double play to end the inning with Stanford on top, 3-2.
However, the UW had a quick reply in the bottom of the fifth. After one out, Cherry sneaked a double just inside the third-base bag and Lamb followed with a run-scoring double into the left-field corner to tie it back up at 3-3.
Both teams were held scoreless for a long stretch after the fifth. Neither team even got that close to scoring until the 12th, when Stanford's Colin Walsh led off with a double. After a bunt moved him to third and an intentional walk put runners at the corners with one out, Walsh was cut down at the plate trying to score on a grounder to first.
In the 13th, Washington had its chance as Lamb opened the inning with a double when his windswept fly to right dropped in front of Tyler Gaffney. Kizer followed with a single to center, but center fielder Jake Stewart threw out Lamb at the plate. Two walks loaded the bases with two outs, but Bradley Boyer flied to center to send the game into the 14th.
This week, the Huskies continue their current nine-game homestand with games vs. Seattle University and UCLA. The Redhawks visit Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. and the Dawgs entertain the Bruins Friday through Sunday.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 4, #21 Stanford 3, 15 Innings Stanford 200 010 000 000 000 -- 3 10 0 Washington 002 010 000 000 001 -- 4 12 2 Brian Busick, Scott Snodgress (5), Alex Pracher (8) and Zach Jones. Forrest Snow, Jacob Clem (5), Adam Cimber (11) and Pierce Rankin, Miles Kizer (9). W - Cimber (5-2). L - Pracher (6-3). 2B - SU, Colin Walsh; UW, Caleb Brown, Doug Cherry, Jacob Lamb 2, Rankin. T - 3:59. A - 533. Records: STAN 21-17, 10-8 Pac-10; UW 24-19, 8-7 Pac-10.