May 16, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. - Daniel Johnston's two-run single in the top of the ninth tied the game 3-3, but the Washington Huskies topped Pacific 4-3 on a walk-off hit in the ninth Monday afternoon at Husky Park.
With two outs and the bases loaded, down 3-1, Johnston, a junior from Portola Valley, Calif., stroked a single up the middle to plate sophomore 3B Dustin Torchio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and senior LF Matt Carvutto (Poway, Calif.), who posted back-to-back singles.
But in the bottom of the ninth, LF Joe Meggs singled to center with one out for Washington, and 3B Jacob Lamb followed with a gapper to the wall in right center to plate the winning run.
Junior RHP Chris Larsen (Moline, Ill.) took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year. He allowed four hits in three innings of work after relieving starter Marcus Pointer (Pacifica, Calif.) in the sixth. Pointer, the senior righty, lasted 5.1 innings with seven hits allowed and two earned runs.
Pacific tallied the first run of the game in the fourth off Washington starter LHP Geoff Brown as sophomore 2B Tyger Pederson (Palo Alto, Calif.) singled to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice from Torchio. Carvutto followed with a single to left to set up first and third for senior 1B Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.). Martin lifted a fly ball to left on the first pitch he saw, deep enough to plate Pederson.
In the sixth, Washington picked up two runs on back-to-back singles from DH Eric Peterson and C Ryan Wiggins, followed by a double by RF Chase Anselment to tie the game. SS Ty Afenir added an RBI single before Larsen replaced Pointer and coaxed a double-play to avoid further damage.
In the seventh, Meggs doubled and after a ground out advanced him to third, he came in to score on an infield single from Peterson.
RHP Tyler Kane came out to start the ninth for UW, but after the singles by Torchio and Carvutto and a walk by Martin loaded the bases, RHP Adam Cimber was summed, only to give up the single by Johnston. DH Brett Christopher hammered a 0-1 pitch to deep right, but with the wind blowing from right to left, the ball hung up and was caught at the wall for the third out.
Cimber (4-4) picked up the win as Washington improved to 15-32 on the season. Pacific falls to 15-31 overall, and will head back to Bellevue to complete it's suspended game with Seattle University at 6:30 p.m.