Woods Breaks From Slump to Beat Creighton
February 25, 1999
LAS VEGAS - Junior center fielder Kyle Woods collected four hits, including a home run and a double, to break out of his early season slump and lead Washington to a 16-12 win over Creighton in the first of two games Thursday at the UNLV/Coors Desert Classic.
Woods, who entered the game batting .091 (2-for-22) with one RBI, finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs batted in as the Huskies (5-2) scored runs in their first six innings. All-America pitcher Jeff Heaverlo improved to 2-0 with the victory. Heaverlo held the Blue Jays (6-2) scoreless through the first five innings and left the game ahead, 16-3, having worked seven innings, fanning seven and allowing three runs.
After a Dominic Woody sacrifice fly scored the Huskies first run in the first inning, third baseman Kevin Ticen and Woods led off the second inning with back-to-back homers over the left field fence. The home runs were the fourth of the season for Ticen and first for Woods.
The Huskies broke the game open with six runs in the third inning. Two-run doubles by Woods and freshman catcher Jake Gann highlighted the inning. Gann, making his first start, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Ed Erickson also his a home run for Washington, his third of the year.
Right fielder Bryan Williamson, who was also slumping with a .200 average entering the game, went 3- for-5 with three runs, three RBI and a homer for Washington.
Creightons Ovid Valentin tallied four hits -- a single, two doubles and a triple -- to lead his team. Blue Jays starter Dan Gooris (1-1) allowed nine runs in two and one-third innings for the loss.
The Huskies play Clemson Thursday afternoon before playing three more games over the next three days at the Classic.
LINESCORE UNLV/Coors Desert Classic, Las Vegas Washington 16, Creighton 12 Creighton 000 003 026 -- 12 17 7 Washington 126 133 00x -- 16 19 3Dan Gooris, Steve Eck (3), Aaron Eisenring (5), Chris Ringleb (6), Prentice Lofstedt (8) and Brian Smith. Jeff Heaverlo, Zack Daniels (8) and Jake Gann, Jason Koehler (8).
W - Heaverlo (2-0). L - Gooris (1-1).