BYU downs Washington

Unable to continue its hot-hitting from Thursday, the Washington baseball team fell to BYU 7-5 Friday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

BYU (9-12) broke the game open with five runs in the third inning off of Husky starter Jeff Petersen. The six-foot, four-inch sophomore pitcher nearly had to leave the game in the second when a hard come-backer to the mound off the bat of first baseman Dave Jensen knicked his throwing hand, but after leaving the mound momentarily he returned to continue.

Petersen got out of a jam in the second, and returned in the third hopeful that his control would as well.

That's when things got ugly for the Purple and Gold, as the Cougars took advantage of the injury to Peterson by reaching base via the base on balls. Three batters reached in that fashion, and back-to-back hits by Jensen and shortstop Ranger Wiens plated four of the five runs that came across to give BYU a 5-1 lead.

Husky Head Coach Ken Knutson removed Petersen after two outs in the third, seeing the right-hander's inability to consistency throw the ball over the plate. Freshman lefty David Dowling came in to take over.

Washington (9-8) scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by designated hitter Bryan Johnson before the big inning from the Cougars.

Dowling held the visitors from Salt Lake City, Utah scoreless for two innings, giving the Huskies a chance to crawl back in the game. A solo homerun by third baseman Michael Done to lead off the third made it a 5-2 game. An inning later second baseman Greg Isaacson, who had never even recorded a collegiate hit before yesterday, smacked a single to score catcher Aaron Hathaway to make it a two-run game.

Isaacson finished the day 3-4 from the plate.

The Cougars would finally get to Dowling in the sixth, getting two unearned runs to make it a 7-3 game. Freshman Will Fenton replaced Dowling and got out of the inning unscathed.

Washington answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning on a double by shortstop Tila Reynolds that scored Hathaway and a sacrifice fly from Done that brought Isaacson home from third base.

But despite the stellar work of the its relief combination of Fenton and Tyler Shepple, who combined to shut BYU down for four innings, the Husky bats never got any more runs across.

BYU starter Paul Jacinto went six innings and got the win to move to 2-0 on the year. James Ray went the final three innings and didn't allow a hit, picking up his first save of 2002.

Peterson got the losing decision in his two and two-thirds innings of work, and dropped to 1-1.

Wiens and third baseman Han Yi each had three hits to lead the Cougars.

Player of the Game: BYU shortstop Ranger Wiens went 3-5 with two RBI and prevented the Huskies from making a comeback in the ninth inning with a diving stop on a hard grounder hit by Michael Done. He deserves the game ball.

Play of the Game: Wiens' two-out, two-run double in the second changed the outlook of the game, making it a 4-1 game. The Huskies could never recover.

Game Notes:

Up Next: The Huskies play BYU to decide the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. Unfortunately cold weather is in the forecast over the weekend, so dress warmly if you plan on attending the game.

Unlikely Hero: No one would have expected it heading into the game, but BYU third baseman Han Yi had three hits in the contest dispite entering the game only 4 for 37 on the season, which translates into a cool .108 batting average. He reached base four of the five times he came to bat, which will also work wonders for his on-base percentage of .195, which he had prior to the game. Top Stories