SDSU Fends Off UW Rally For 10-9 Win
Feb. 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO - For the third straight day, the Washington baseball team rallied late in a game vs. San Diego State, but after winning the first two at SDSU, the Huskies couldn't hold off the Aztecs on Sunday in a 10-9 loss at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Huskies (2-1) trailed 6-2 before a six-run outburst in the seventh. After SDSU tied the game at 8-8, Washington scored one in the ninth for a 9-8 lead.
But in the bottom of the ninth, the Aztecs (1-2) loaded the bases on three singles before Cody Smith belted a double to the gap in left-center, driving in a pair of runs to win the game.
The Huskies had trailed since the first inning before taking the lead with six runs in the seventh. That rally was fueled by three singles, three walks, a hit batter and an error.
After SDSU scored two in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 8-8, Washington went back in front in the ninth. True freshman and San Diego-area native Branden Berry belted a one-out triple in the ninth and freshman Matt Rogers, running for Berry, scored on a sacrifice fly from JC-transfer right fielder Michael Camporeale to give Washington a lead.
However, the Aztecs opened the ninth with consecutive singles from Greg Allen, Steven Pallares and Matt Muñoz before Smith's game-winning double.
UW sophomore reliever Nick Palewicz (0-1) entered the game to begin the ninth and was charged with the loss. SDSU freshman Michael Cederoth (1-0) pitched the final two innings for the win.
Husky freshman Tyler Davis turned in a terrific debut pitching performance in relief. Davis, a righty from Mountain View, Calif., entered the game in the third and worked four and one-third innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking two and striking out six.
The Aztecs took their first lead in the first inning. After back-to-back walks to open the inning, a single from Ryan Muno drove in one. A groundout from Brad Haynal drove in another to give SDSU a 2-0 lead.
In the second, San Diego State added to its lead when John Spirk led off with a single, moved up to third on a bunt and a groundout and scored on a two-out single from Spencer Thornton, making it 3-0.
Washington broke through for its first run in the third. With one out, freshman shortstop Erik Forgione was hit by a pitch. After taking third on a single from Jayce Ray, he scored on a sacrifice fly from Joe Meggs, cutting the lead to 3-1.
However, the Aztecs were back at it in the third, adding two more runs on RBI singles from Spirk and Josh Romanski, increasing their advantage to 5-1.
The Huskies got one run back in the top of the fourth. Berry led off with a single and, after advancing to third on a Robert Pehl single and an error, he scored on a wild pitch.
But in the bottom of the fifth, SDSU picked up a sixth run as Spirk grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play. However, the throw to first base was errant, allowing Tim Zier to score, making it a 6-2 game.
Washington mounted a six-run rally in the seventh to move on top. Camporeale led off with a single, ending Kendzora's day. With reliever Ethan Miller on in his place, the UW loaded the bases on with a hit batter and a walk. With one out, Ray singled to drive in one and it looked like the Aztecs had caught a break when Meggs tapped pitch back to the mound. However, on the throw to the plate for a forceout, Haynal, the SDSU catcher, failed to put his foot on the plate, allowing the run to score without an out being recorded.
Bryan Crabb replaced Miller on the mound, but walked Berry to force in the tying run. Pehl followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Huskies on top before Camporeale's second single of the inning pushed the Husky lead to 8-6.
San Diego State answered in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 8-8 with a pair of runs. A two-out single from Spirk drove in Jomel Torres, who had reached on a walk before a two-out, pinch-hit single from Muñoz drove in Greg Allen to tie it.
Ray led the Washington offense with three hits while Berry and Camporeale added two apiece.
Washington opens its home schedule this Tuesday in a 5:00 p.m. game vs. SeattleU at Husky Ballpark before returning to the road next weekend to face UC Irvine in a three-game series.