Garthwaite came to the plate in the eighth inning only a double shy of the cycle as Washington held a four-run lead, and belted a towering fly ball to center field.
Cougar centerfielder Doug Jackson raced backwards and looked
up as he watched the ball hit high off the wall. Garthwaite flew around the
bases, passing his chance at the cycle, and ended up at third base with a
Washington (9-7) took an early 4-0 lead with two runs in both the second and
third innings, spotting their ace of the staff, Shawn Kohn, with a lead that
seemed all but unsurmountable.
Coming into the game, Kohn had allowed only
three earned runs in 30 innings of work this season. But true to the unique
nature of baseball, that didn't matter today as the Cougars stormed back
with a scoring barrage in the fourth inning.
BYU's first five batters in the inning scored, leaving the Huskies behind
5-4 after a two-run homerun by Dave Jensen capped the scoring. The Cougar
lead was short-lived, however.
Washington batted around in the bottom half of the inning, scoring seven
runs on five hits to retake command of the game. The inning included a
sight extremely rare in baseball, three consecutive triples.
Larsen legged out the first one on a ball ripped into the gap in
right-center. Then Bryan Johnson came to the plate and belted another ball
in the power alley for the second three-bagger. That brought up Garthwaite,
who delivered his first of his two triples on the night on a deep fly ball
With the Huskies back on top 11-5, Kohn regained his composure and pitched
four more innings. Each team scored a run in the seventh, making it 12-6,
before another two-run bomb by Jensen in the eighth made it a 12-8 ballgame.
Kohn's pitching line was by far his worst of the season. He gave up seven
earned runs in eight innings of work, but the righty-hander moved to a
flawless 5-0 on the year regardless.
The Huskies tacked on three in the eighth to cap their scoring, and freshman
reliever Josh Conover came on in the ninth to close the door, recording two
strikeouts in the process.
BYU starter Jeff Stone lasted only three innings and gave up seven runs,
dropping to 0-3 for the season.
Every Husky starter scored a run in the game.
Up Next: The Huskies face BYU again Friday for a 3 p.m. start time. The
third and final game in the BYU series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Mixing it Up: After losing its last two games in the UC Riverside series,
Husky Head Coach Ken Knutson radically altered his lineup today. Michael
Done returned to his third base spot that the manned all of last season,
moving over to the hot-corner from second.
Seldom used Greg Isaacson
started at second and recorded his first hit of his college career, a
two-out, two-run double in the second inning. Jay Garthwaite moved over to
centerfield from his normal spot in left, while Mike Wagner took over in the
vacated spot. Garthwaite responded with four hits and Wagner added two
Garthwaite, UW too much for BYU
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