May 9, 2007
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth and coasted to a 14-5 win over Portland Wednesday at Husky Ballpark, completing a sweep of a two--game, non-conference series.
Sophomore lefty Tyler Cheney (2-3), who also made his first career start as a hitter, came on in relief in the fifth to pick up the win. He threw one and two-thirds innings of no-hit relief. At the plate, Cheney went 0-for-2 with a run scored as the starting designated hitter.
After being held off the scoreboard in the first two innings, the Huskies (25-21) exploded for seven runs in the third. Danny Cox doubled and scored on a Matt Hague single. After Curt Rindal singled to put two on, Ty Rasmussen drove in another run with a base hit. A hit batter loaded the bases and a third run scored when Bradley Boyer walked.
Matt Stevens followed with an RBI single to left and two errors on the play led to a total of three runs coming around. After a walk and a second out, Cox singled to drive in Stevens, staking the Huskies to a seven-run lead.
A Boyer sacrifice fly added another in the fourth, but the Pilots (19-25) fought back in the fifth. UW starter Bryce Mooney loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks before center fielder Cory Wiltshire belted a grand slam to right-center, only the second hit of the game for Portland, to cut the lead to 8-4.
Washington scored a ninth run in the sixth when Rasmussen scored from third on a passed ball. Portland answered in the seventh when Chase Powell homered to center, making it 9-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, Boyer's two-run double and a two-run homer from Matt Stevens highlighted a five-run inning for the Huskies.
Boyer finished the day 1-for-1 with four runs and four RBI. Cox went 3-for-5 while Stevens was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
Portland's Sean Sargent (1-6), the second of eight Pilots pitchers to work in the game, suffered the loss.
Next up for Washington is a three-game series at Stanford Friday through Sunday. While Saturday and Sunday's games will both air live on KKNW AM-1150, Friday's game will be available only over the internet at gohuskies.com. Sunday's game will air live on television on CSTV.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Washington 14, Portland 5 Portland 000 040 100 -- 5 4 4 Washington 007 101 50x -- 14 14 0 Tommy Renda, Sean Sargent (3), Justin Ehlers (3), Brian Cox (4), Ed Wakefield (6), Brian Yoakum (6), Ben Panther (7), Josh Roberts (7) and Rocky Gale. Bryce Mooney, Tyler Cheney (5), Geoff Nichols (7), Johnny DuRocher (9) and Brett Wilcox, Bryce Anderson (8). W - Cheney (2-3). L - Sargent (1-6). 2B - UW, Danny Cox, Bradley Boyer. HR - UP, Cory Wiltshire (3), Chase Powell (2); UW, Matt Stevens (1). T - 2:56. A - 261. Records: UP 19-25; UW 25-21.