Left-handed reliever Matt Thiessen took the win, working four and one-third innings of scoreless relief in place of starter AJ Shappi, to move to a perfect 4-0 on the season.
The Highlanders improved to 15-7 on the year.
The suspect defense caught up to the Huskies in the very first inning. With
two outs and runners on second and third base, Scott Powis came to the plate
and hit a hard grounder to shortstop Tila Reynolds that would have produced
the final out of the inning.
Reynolds' throw to first base bounced
short of the bag and first baseman Bryan Johnson couldn't come up with the
scoop, allowing the Highlanders to score a run and keep the inning alive.
Before the damage had ended, two more runs crossed the plate on consecutive
singles by Randy Blood and Rich Hofman. Down 3-0, the Huskies and starting
pitcher Sean White dug themselves an early hole that they could never
The Huskies did close the gap to 3-2 in the second inning when left fielder
Jay Garthwaite singled home Tyler Davidson, who had earlier been hit by a
pitch and advanced to second on a stolen base. Garthwaite then swiped
second with a steal of his own before third baseman John Otness knocked him
home with a single.
But Washington (8-7) would never get any closer.
In the fourth inning the Huskies appeared to be out of a jam when Highlander
designated hitter Adam Spiker reached on a fielder's choice for the second
out of the inning. But that wasn't the case as the Highlander outfield trio
combined to pummel pitches offered from White into gaps.
Right fielder Tim
Faulkner singled to put runners at first and second, then center fielder
Brian Wahlbrink doubled in both baserunners with a ball rocketed into the
gap in left-center. Wahlbrink came across on left fielder Adam Seuss'
single, making it 6-2 before the Huskies could get out of the inning.
Washington added two runs in the fifth off of Shappi on a double by Jay
Garthwaite, scoring Reynolds and Bryan Johnson. But at 4-6, the Huskies
couldn't manage to push any more runs across on Thiessen the final four
White took the loss for the UW, dropping to 1-2 on the season.
Player of the Game:
Husky left fielder Jay Garthwaite. The junior from Kent went 2-4 at the
plate with two RBI, and turned in the defensive play of the game when he
threw out Tim Faulkner trying to score from third base on a fly ball in the
Play of the Game:
With two outs and runner on second and third in the first inning, UW
shortstop Tila Reynolds fielded a grounder and threw low to first baseman
Bryan Johnson. That allowed a run to score, and gave the next two batters,
Randy Blood and Rich Hofman, the opportunity to knock in two more runs with
back-to-back singles before inning ended. The Huskies would never recover
from the early three-run deficit.
Up Next: Washington begins a three-game homestand Thursday, March, 14
against Brigham Young University. Games will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday
and Friday, and Saturday's contest is set to start at 1 p.m.
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