Washington and BYU tie at 12

The Washington baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a pinch hit single by Steve Ramsey to tie BYU at 12, but the game was called prior to the ninth due to a time arrangement decided between the teams before the game. The Cougars scheduled a 6:30 p.m. flight out of Seattle, which was the reasoning for the time-limit, leading to the first tie for the Huskies since 1983.

Jay Garthwaite continued his torrid hitting at the plate, going 3-4 with five RBI to lead the Huskies. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave Washington its first lead of the game at 10-9.

The Huskies (9-8-1) tacked on another run in the seventh on a bunt single by Greg Isaacson that scored freshman Taylor Johnson from third base.

The two-run cushion wouldn't be enough, however, as BYU stormed back with three runs in the eighth inning off of UW reliever Tyler Shepple to take a 12-11 advantage.

In Washington's half of the inning it appeared that the Cougars were going to be able to close the door. But with two outs and runners on first and second, that's when Washington Head Coach Ken Knutson put Ramsey into the game to pinch hit for catcher Ben Johnson. Ramsey calmly stepped to the plate and delivered a line drive over second baseman Rob Itri's outstretched glove to bring Tyler Davidson home from second and even the score.

Following the last out of the inning on Taylor Johson's weakly-hit looper to shortstop Ranger Wiems, the game was called and the teams shook hands.

Early in the contest, the Huskies looked to be all but out of the game. BYU managed to push six runs across in the second inning off Husky starter Sean White, causing Knutson to go to his bullpen early. Sophomore Clay Johnson came on in long relief and got the final out of the inning.

The Huskies came back with six in their half of the second to knot the score. With the 12 runs scored in the second, an inning in which each team batted around, the game didn't enter the third inning until nearly an hour and forty minutes had elapsed.

Each team added a run in the fourth to make it 7-7. BYU's came on a solo homerun to the left field power alley by Matt Carson off of Johnson. Washington's came on a single by Garthwaite that scored freshman designated hitter Nick Batkowski.

BYU (9-12-1) added two more runs in the fifth , one of which came on a solo homerun down the right field line by tiny centerfielder Doug Jackson to again push the Cougars ahead at 9-7.

That's when Garthwaite lifted off for his fifth homer of the season, a no-doubt-about-it tee shot over the wall in left-center. When the ball left his bat, the junior knew he got all of it, and added a cocky hop-skip to his homerun trot that would have made the likes of Sammy Sosa and Ruben Sierra, two major leaguers known for being overly dramatic after hitting the long ball, happy.

Player of the Game: Who could it be other than Jay Garthwaite, who hit his fifth homer of the year as well as his third triple. Garthwaite's series versus BYU won't soon be forgotten.

Play of the Game: Garthwaite's three-run homer in the sixth gave the Huskies their first lead and was one of the most well-timed hits of the season for the struggling UW ballclub.

Game Notes:

Up Next: The Huskies take next week off to concentrate on their classes during finals week, and hit the road for series' at Washington State and Arizona State the week after. They don't return home until April 2nd, when a two-game series versus Gonzaga begins at 6:30 p.m.

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