UW 5, UPS 4

Matt Stevens singled home the tying run and scored the eventual game winner on an error by Shaun Kiriu in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Huskies rallied to beat the University of Puget Sound Loggers 5-4 in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark on a rainy Wednesday night.

With the win in their final game before beginning Pac-10 play, the Huskies improved to 17-7 while the Loggers dropped to 6-13.

The Huskies trailed 4-2 going into the last of the eighth and looked like they would suffer a stunning upset Matt Lane brought the Huskies to within one run with his sixth homer of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall on what looked like a routine fly ball upon contact. Curt Rindal grounded out, but Zach Clem lined a double to left center and scored to even the game at 4 on a ground single to center by Stevens. Joey Dunn hit a shallow fly ball to left that should have been the third out of the inning, but Kiriu dropped the ball, allowing Stevens, who ran on the pitch from Devon Zeller, to score all the way from first base. The Loggers still had a play on Stevens at the plate, but catcher AJ Jorg could not cleanly field the throw home and Stevens scored.

Puget Sound took a 4-0 lead against Husky starter Adrian Gomez in the top of the fifth on a grand slam by Chris Dunbar, a line shot over the right field wall on a 3-1 pitch. The Huskies immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Clem led off with a single, moved to third on a double by Stevens, and scored on a ground single to left by Dunn. Stevens then scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Brett Kaluza.

Right hander Bryce Mooney (2-0) relieved Gomez in the top of the sixth and kept the Huskies in the game with three brilliant innings. He did not allow a baserunner and struck out six. Closer Elliott Cribby got into some trouble in the ninth, allowing two singles, but struck out Sean Bayha swinging to end a 10 pitch battle and then retired Jorg on a fly ball to right fielder Matt Hague for his eighth save.

Zeller, the sixth Logger pitcher, suffered the loss to drop to 1-3.

Following the win, the Huskies have a travel day on Thursday and then open the Pac-10 season with a three game series at California. Tim Lincecum will take the mound for Washington on Friday, with the probable starters for Saturday and Sunday still to be determined.


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