March 11, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Greg Isaacson's grand slam broke a 5-5 tie and capped a six-run eighth inning as Washington rallied to beat Oregon State, 9-5, in a non-conference game Tuesday at Goss Stadium.
Isaacson, a left-handed hitting junior from Aberdeen, belted the grand slam high over the left-field fence, going the opposite way, after the Huskies (10-6) had already scored two runs in the inning to tie the game. It was his first homer of the season for the second baseman and only the second of his career.
Husky first baseman Kyle Larsen, robbed of a home run earlier in the game on a leaping catch by Jacoby Ellsbury in center, led off the eighth with his seventh home run of the season to slice the Beaver lead to 5-4. OSU reliever Kenny Anderson surrendered a walk to Mike Wagner and a single to Taylor Johnson before Kurt Steele came on to face Aaron Hathaway.
Steele unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Wagner to score from third to tie the game and then walked Hathaway. Steele then hit Chad Boudon with a pitch to load the bases and was replaced by Jared Sanders, who surrendered the grand slam to Isaacson.
Washington took a 2-0 lead in the second as Johnson and Boudon each connected for solo homers. Johnson, who homered in his final two at bats of Sunday's win over Washington State, stretched his string to three consecutive at bats with a homer before grounding out in the fourth.
The Beavers (8-8), however, tied the game in the bottom of the same inning. Andy Jarvis walked and eventually came around on a Paul Richie sacrifice fly. Levi Webber singled and came around with two outs when UW shortstop Tila Reynolds' throw to first on a Tyler Graham grounder went awry.
OSU took a lead in the fourth. Jarvis reached on an infield single and, after moving to second on a groundout, scored when Chris Kunda dropped a two-out, bloop single to center that fell in and out of the glove of diving center fielder Justin Drake.
The Beavers added a fourth run in the fifth, taking advantage of another Husky throwing error. Ellsbury tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a throwing error by freshman third baseman Brent Lillibridge. After UW starter Trent Baysinger was lifted in favor of reliever David Dowling, Tony Calderon laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on an errant throw to first from Dowling.
Dowling, however, struck out the next two Beavers and then got Richie to ground out to end the threat. In the sixth, Oregon State increased the lead to 5-2. Tyler Graham reached on an infield single and scored when junior Kerisi Reynolds, younger brother of the Husky shortstop, doubled to left.
OSU starter Jon Koller, a transfer from UC Irvine making his first Beaver start after eight relief outings, allowed only four hits before being relieved with two aboard and no outs in the seventh.
Anderson loaded the bases with no outs, but got a double play, stabbing a line drive off the bat of Isaacson and doubling off the runner at second. However, Anderson loaded the bases by hitting Nick Batkoski with a pitch and then forced in a runner by hitting Tila Reynolds.
Anderson ran the count to 3-0 on the next batter, Drake, and home plate umpire Mik Hendrickson called the next two pitches strikes, both disputed by the Husky coaches. After Drake popped out to end the inning, Husky head coach Ken Knutson and third base coach Travis Jewett were both ejected arguing the call.
After seeing the Huskies hit the grand slam to take the lead in the top of the eighth, the Beavers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning with their three and four hitters due up. Josh Conover, who came on for Dowling with the sacks full, fanned Seth Pietsch and got Tony Calderon to fly out to preserve the lead.
OSU also loaded the bases with none out in the ninth, but UW lefty Brian Carter, responsible for the third of those three runners, struck out Chris Kunda and Scott Nelson and got Kerisi Reynolds to ground out to end the game and earn his third save.
Dowling, who worked three and one-third innings and struck out six, picked up his fifth relief win of the season, improving to 5-0. Johnson finished the game with four hits and three runs scored to lead the Husky offense. Anderson (1-1) suffered the loss.
The Huskies and Beavers close out the two-game series Wednesday with a 1:00 p.m. game. The OSU radio broadcast of the game can be heard via gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Washington 9, Oregon State 5 Washington 020 000 160 -- 9 8 4 Oregon St. 020 111 000 -- 5 9 2 Trent Baysinger, David Dowling (5), Josh Conover (8), Brian Carter (9) and Aaron Hathaway. Jon Koller, Kenny Anderson (7), Kurt Steele (8), Jared Sanders (8) and Paul Richie. W - Dowling (5-0). L - Anderson (1-1). Sv - Carter (3). 2B - OSU, Kerisi Reynolds. 3B - OSU, Jacoby Ellsbury. HR - UW, Taylor Johnson (4), Chad Boudon (3), Kyle Larsen (7), Greg Isaacson (1). T - 3:39. A - 581. Records: OSU 8-8, UW 10-6.