Utah (9-7) peppered the field with 17 hits for the game, many coming as a result of weak groundballs finding the holes between the Husky infielders. Not to be overlooked, though, the Utes also managed five extra-base hits.
Washington starter Sean White went 6 2/3 innings, giving the Huskies some
much needed innings, but could only limit the Utes to eight runs in the
process. White dropped to 1-1 on the young season.
Mitch Maio, Utah's hottest pitcher, continued to blaze today by striking out
11 Huskies over innings of work. The senior right-hander mixed in offspeed
pitches well enough to keep the UW batters off-balance for the majority of
the game, and got more than enough run support from the Utah offense to
improve to 3-0 in 2002.
Washington (6-5) fell behind early as Utah picked up a run in the second
when shortstop Brett Baldwin knocked in designated hitter Jake Jordison with
a single. They tacked on another run an inning later when second baseman
Adam Castleton singled and advanced to second on an overthrow, then was
batted home two batters later on a single by Matt Ciaramella.
Already ahead 2-0, Utah made it a four-run game with two more runs in the
fourth inning. With two outs and a runner on first base, White had to face
the heart of the Ute order and he paid dearly. First baseman Nate Weese
continued his assault on Husky pitching with an RBI triple, and right
fielder Brit Pannier followed with a double to knock in Weese.
The Huskies finally got on the board in the bottom half of the inning.
Tyler Davidson singled with one out, and designated hitter Bryan Johnson
brought him home one batter later with a double. After Steve Ramsey
grounded out for the second out of the inning, freshman first baseman Kyle
Larsen clubbed his second homerun in as many games on a first-pitch fastball
to make it a 4-3 game.
As Larsen stepped up to the plate, a fan in the crowd yelled, "You've got
the wind!" referring to the wind blowing out toward the outfield. It didn't
take long for the Eastlake High product to listen to the advice, as it
was only seconds later that he crushed the ball over the 395 sign in
But before the Huskies could build any more momentum, Utah methodically
built on their one-run lead. With two outs in the sixth inning, they scored
a run when Donnie Saba scampered home from third base on a passed ball by
Aaron Hathaway to make it 5-3.
An inning later, Utah did all its damage with two outs and nobody on. Mike
Westfall singled. Donald Hawes walked. Then Baldwin, who came into the
game batting .154, hurt the Huskies with his second RBI single of the game,
this one knocking in Westfall. Now behind three runs, White and the Huskies
hoped to escape any further damage in the inning. But Castleton wouldn't
let that be the case, knocking in both Hawes and Baldwin with a single one
Up 8-3, Maio shut down the Husky bats for the final three innings to pick up
Husky releiver David Dowling pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Huskies
and spread out three hits to hold Utah without a run.
Tila Reynolds again led the Huskies with three hits, finishing the
three-game series 8-14.
Player of the Game:
Utah starter Mitch Maio came into the game with a 2.38 ERA, and it showed
why all afternoon. The righty was masterful, pitching his first complete
game of the season while fanning 11 Huskies.
Play of the Game:
Utah second baseman Adam Castleton's two-out, two RBI single in the seventh
upped the Utes' lead from 6-3 to 8-3, and seemingly took the air out of any
hopes of a Husky comeback.
Dressed to Impress: The Huskies looked sharp today in new-look uniforms that
featured gold jerseys with purple lettering. Complimented with white pants
and a purple cap, the Dawgs scored a 10 in the style department.
Up Next: The Huskies head south to face the Portland Pilots for a one-game
series on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Diamond Dawgs return home Friday, March 8th
for a six-game homestand that kicks off with a 6:30 start against
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