Washington 1, #17 ASU 2

Seth Dhaenens singled to score two runs in the top of the fourth inning and the bullpen made them stand up as #17 Arizona State avoided a sweep and dealt perhaps a final blow to the Huskies' postseason hopes with a 2-1 win in the series and home finale at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

With the win Arizona State improved to 12-9 in the Pac-10 and 31-22 overall, while the Huskies dropped to 9-12 and 30-22.

In the top of the fourth Husky starter Kyle Parker looked like he would have an easy inning when he got Colin Curtis to ground out to first and Tuffy Gosewisch to line out to Mike Rundle at second for two quick outs. However, he then pitched himself into trouble and loaded the bases with walks to Willy Fox, J.J. Sferra and Andrew Romine. Dhaenens made him pay for his wildness and gave the Sun Devils the only runs they would need with a line single into left on a 2-2 pitch to plate Fox and Sferra.

On the mound, Brett Bordes and Pat Bresnehan combined to shut down the Huskies, allowing only two hits in seven innings. A day after giving up the monstrous game winning home run to Brent Lillibridge, Bordes returned to the mound on Sunday and held the Huskies hitless in two innings. He got the win to improve to 4-5. Bresnehan earned his first save of the season with five innings of two hit ball. He walked one and struck out three. After walking Zach Clem and giving up a single to Kyle Larsen in the fifth, Bresnehan retired 11 straight batters before Curt Rindal reached on an infield single with one out in the ninth. The hit by Rindal put the tying run on base and allowed the Huskies to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but Rundle struck out looking and Taylor Johnson flied out to left to end the game.

Both teams had their opportunities to score, as the Sun Devils left 11 runners on base and the Huskies 9. Washington's best non-scoring threat came in the bottom of the first against starter Seth Garrison on singles by Johnson and Matt Hague and a walk to Larsen, but Garrison got out of the inning when Nick Batkoski grounded out to first base.

The Huskies got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead against Garrison in the bottom of the third. Brent Lillibridge and Hague drew back to back walks. On an attempted double steal, Hague got thrown out at second by catcher Gosewisch, but Lillibridge advanced to third and scored on a ground out by Clem to short.

The Sun Devils had a chance to break the game open against reliever Brandon McKerney in the eighth, loading the bases on a walk to Colin Curtis, an error by McKerney on a sacrifice by Gosewisch, and a hit batter. Remarkably McKerney and the Huskies escaped unscathed as Sferra tapped back to McKerney, who threw home to force Curtis for the first out. Romine struck out and Dhaenens grounded into a force at second to end the inning.

Although his lack of control cost him in the fourth and he walked eight batters total, Parker kept the Huskies in the game, giving up only the only two runs on three hits, while striking out four, in seven innings. He took the loss to drop to 7-7.

Washington concludes the regular season with a three game series at UCLA from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29.


NOTE: Prior to the game the Huskies honored seven seniors making their final home appearance: Batkoski, Josh Conover, David Dowling, Keaton Everitt, Johnson, Larsen and Rundle. Arguably the best pair of corner infielders defensively, the Huskies have had, Batkoski at third and Larsen at first both flashed their leather in the game. In the first Batkoski took away a double from Curtis and saved perhaps two runs by backhanding a line drive headed down the left field line. In the fourth Larsen dove to his right to glove a ground ball by Curtis into the hole, and with his back to first base, flipped the ball to Parker for the out. Rundle also had a busy afternoon defensively, recording seven assists and five putouts.

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