Huskies Shock Stanford

The unranked Washington Huskies surprised the Stanford Cardinal this weekend as they took the three-game series after winning the rubber game this afternoon, 4-3 in ten innings. The Cardinal were unable to hold a 3-1, eighth inning lead as the Huskies battled back to score two in the eighth and then the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. Read on for a recap of today's game.

The Washington Huskies took the rubber game of the three-game series this afternoon with a 4-3, ten inning victory over the 2nd Stanford Cardinal at Husky Ballpark in Seattle.  The Cardinal (27-10, 5-4) took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Huskies (17-19-1, 5-4) scored two in the eighth off starting pitcher John Hudgins, then won the game with a run in the bottom of the tenth inning.  Washington brought back Friday night starting pitcher Shawn Kohn and Kohn pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth innings to claim the victory.  It was also relief pitcher Ryan McCally's second loss of the weekend and it was Stanford's first series loss of the season snapping a 13-series winning streak dating back to last season.

This game was a pitcher's duel from the start between Hudgins and UW starting pitcher Clay Johnson.  Johnson entered the game with an ERA above eight, but you wouldn't have guessed it with the performance he put on today.  The first run of the game came across on a solo home run off the bat of Kyle Larsen with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.  Before that home run, Hudgins had retired the first 11 Washington hitters to come to the plate while throwing just 27 pitches in the process.  The Stanford hitters were having an equally difficult time with Johnson.  Through six innings, Stanford managed just two hits and three base runners.  Their best chance to score in those first six frames, came in the top of the fourth when Danny Putnam led off with a double, but the middle of the order was unable to bring him home.

Finally in the top of the seventh inning, the Cardinal tied the game.  With two outs, catcher Ryan Garko homered to left field, his first bomb since March 24th, and the game was all tied up at 1-1.  After Hudgins worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, the Stanford offense went back to work in the top of the eighth.  With one out, Arik VanZandt walked and then advanced to third a perfectly executed hit-and-run single off the bat of Sam Fuld.  Putnam was the next hitter and the freshman left fielder came through with a deep fly ball to center field that easily scored VanZandt from third and the Card had a 2-1 lead.  They weren't done there though as Fuld stole second base and Chris O'Riordan delivered with a single into left field scoring Fuld and increasing the lead to 3-1.

At this point in the game things looked good for the Cardinal as they finally had the lead and Hudgins was nearly untouchable on the mound giving up only one run and two hits through seven innings while throwing only 80 pitches.  But it was not to be for Stanford this afternoon, as Aaron Hathway led off with a deep home run to left field cutting the Stanford lead to 3-2 and then Greg Isaacson singled putting the tying run on base.  After a failed bunt attempt resulted in the first out of the inning, Tila Reynolds singled to center field and the runner at first, now Taylor Johnson, advanced to third while Reynolds took second on the throw.  #3 hitter Kyle Larsen was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Tyler Davidson.  Ryan McCally was summoned from the bullpen and he got Davidson to hit a slow-rolling ground ball to O'Riordan at second.  O'Riordan flipped to Andy Topham at second base for the second out of the inning, but the rely throw to first was not in time and the run scored tying the game at 3-3.  McCally then got Bryan Johnson to ground out to end the inning, but the damage had already been done.

Then in the top of the ninth, Washington brought in Friday night starting pitcher Shawn Kohn into pitch.  Kohn had throw a complete-game, six-hitter while allowing only one run in the Huskies 3-1 win on Friday.  He was coming into the game on one day's rest after throwing 103 pitches, but the quick turn-around did not seem to affect him.  Kohn gave up a lead off single to Carlos Quentin in the ninth, but quickly got out of the minor jam.  After McCally worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, the Cardinal went to work in the tenth.  With two outs, Sam Fuld singled to center field off Kohn.  He then stole second base putting himself in scoring position for Danny Putnam.  But on a 3-1 count, Putnam popped out to third base and  Kohn had worked himself out of the inning.

In the bottom of the tenth, Issacson led off with a single and then was bunted over to second base.  Tila Reynolds was the next hitter and Reynolds singled to right field advancing Issacson to third.  That brought Kyle Larsen to the plate and Larsen came through with the game-winning hit as he singled up the middle scoring Issacson from third and the Huskies had shocked the Cardinal.

Game Notes :
* The Cardinal finished the afternoon with only seven hits as Sam Fuld (2-for-5) was the only player in the lineup with a multiple-hit game.  Chris O'Riordan did extend his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the eighth inning.

* Washington starting pitcher Clay Johnson was outstanding on the mound tossing eight full innings while giving up only three runs on five hits.

* Stanford starter John Hudgins matched Johnson pitch-for-pitch as the sophomore righthander went 7 1/3 innings also giving up three runs on five hits.  Hudgins walked two and struck out three.

* Washington pitchers walked only two Stanford hitters the entire series.

* This was the first time ever that the Huskies had taken a regular-season series from the Cardinal.

Stanford        0 0 0  0 0 0  1 2 0  0   -   3   7   0
Washington      0 0 0  1 0 0  0 2 0  1   -   4   8   1

The Cardinal are back in action this Wednesday evening when they host the Sacramento State Hornets in a single non-conference game.  First pitch is scheduled for 6pm.  This game had originally been scheduled for May 21st, but was changed to this Wednesday.

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