With the win the Beavers won their eighth straight game and improved their Pac-10 leading mark to 17-4 and overall record to 39-8, while the Huskies dropped their fourth straight and fell to 7-11 and 27-21.
620 fans in attendance saw a terrific
pitching duel between the Beavers' Jonah Nickerson,
who entered the game 8-0 with a 1.43 earned run
average, and the Huskies' David Dowling, who normally
pitches in long relief but got the starting call from
head coach Ken Knutson.
At game's end both pitchers received a no
decision. Nickerson shut out the Huskies through seven
innings, allowing only a one out single to Joey Dunn
in the bottom of the fifth. He walked six and struck
out 10. Dowling went nine innings, holding the
Beavers to just one run on four hits. He walked five
and struck out six. The only run Dowling allowed came
in the top of the first.
Leadoff batter Jacoby
Ellsbury hit a soft ground ball to second baseman Andy
Lentz and beat the throw to first, and when the ball
went into the Husky dugout he took second. Ellsbury
then advanced to third on a sacrifice by Graham and
scored on a line single to left by Andy Jenkins. That
run stood up on the scoreboard until the bottom of the
ninth. Beaver head coach Pat Casey brought in Kevin
Gunderson, his left handed closer to save teh game for
Nickerson and it looked like he would do so when he
got the first two outs, retiring Matt Hague on a
groundout to second and Matt Lane on a flyout to left.
Nick Batkoski then stepped up to the plate
representing the Huskies' last hope and drove a 3-1
pitch over the wall just to the left of the center
field screen to give the Huskies a 1-1 tie and send
the game into extra frames.
The Beavers came right back in the top of the
10th against reliever Josh Conover. Lissman and Casey
Priseman walked and moved to third and second,
respectively, on a sacrifice by Chris Kunda. Conover
then walked Ellsbury intentionally to load the bases
and set up a force at any base. Ater taking a strike
from Conover, Graham hit a soft liner into center
field that dropped in front of charging Taylro Johnson
to score Lissman. Priseman then scored to make it
3-1 on a sacrifice fly to center by Darwin Barney.
In the bottom of the 10th, Gunderson struck out
Mike Rundle and Brent Lillibridge swinging before
Johnson grounded a single to right to bring Zach Clem
to the plate representing the tying run. After looking
at a ball and a strike Clem flied out to right fielder
Cole Gillespie to end the game.
Despite blowing the save, Gunderson got the win
to improve to 5-2. Conover took the loss to drop to
The Huskies look to snap their losing streak when
they face the perennial NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark
State Warriors at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday, May 17 at
6:30 p.m. They then play their final Pac-10 home
series of the season from Friday, May 20 to Sunday,
May 22 when Arizona State visits.
UW 1, #3 Oregon State 3 (10)
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