GAME 7: Gold 3, Purple 1

Cory Rickard doubled home Matt Hague to score the first run of the game and made a tremendous sliding catch in foul territory in the right field corner on a fly ball by Kyle Conley for the final out as the Gold defeated the Purple 3-1 in Game 7 and won the annual UW Fall World Series 4 games to 3. A crowd comparable to a non-conference game turned out on a Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark to see Fall Ball go the full seven games for the secondconsecutive year.

In 2004, Taylor Johnson hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to break a scoreless tie and give the Purple a dramatic 2-0 win in Game 7 and the series 4-3. This year the seventh game did not have as much drama but, with the Huskies' two best pitchers, Tim Lincecum for the Gold and Kyle Parker for the Purple, on the mound, it still had the promise of an outstanding pitching duel.

The Gold got to Parker for a run in the top of the second as Hague lined a single to left and scored on a double into right center field by Rickard.

In the sixth, the Gold made it 3-0 against Parker as Ryan Anderson drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a groundout to first by Brett Kaluza, and scored on a double into left center field by Brad Boyer. Boyer took third when Parker fired a wild pitch on a 1-0 count to Zach Clem, and after Clem walked, scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Hague.

Meanwhile Lincecum shut out his Purple teammates for five innings, enough to get the victory. He threw 83 pitches, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out seven. The best threat the Purple had against him came in the bottom of the fifth when Nick Burnham reached on a hit by pitch with one out and Jesse Ferguson lined a single to right. However, Lincecum got exactly what he needed when Kiel Lillibridge grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Left hander Tyler Cheney relieved Lincecum and went the final four innings to earn the save. He allowed a run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The Purple got to Cheney in the bottom of the eighth for its only run as Brian Bauer singled with one out, advanced to second on a groundout to first by Jake Rife, took third on a passed ball by DJ Neyens, and scored on an infield single into the hole between second and third by Michael Burgher. Parker took the loss for the Purple, going five and two thirds innings, allowing three runs on only three hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Offensively for either team, Burgher had the best day, reaching base in all four plate appearances for the Purple. He walked twice and singled twice.

With the fall practice season now complete, the Huskies now look forward to 2006. They will begin practice on Tuesday, January 17 and then open the regular season on Friday, February 10 at New Mexico State. They host Gonzaga in their home opener on Friday, February 24.

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