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Originally published Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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UW Baseball | Huskies fall 6-4 to Oregon State at Safeco

The Washington baseball team had its streak of six straight Pac-10 wins snapped Friday night in a 6-4 loss to 25th-ranked Oregon State in...

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The Washington baseball team had its streak of six straight Pac-10 wins snapped Friday night in a 6-4 loss to 25th-ranked Oregon State in front of 4,296 at Safeco Field.

On a cool, clear night in UW's second Safeco appearance in 2009, Oregon State starter Tanner Robles put Washington's bats on ice, yielding just two hits in 6-1/3 innings before the Huskies (21-24 overall, 10-9 Pac-10) touched up four OSU relievers for four runs (on just one hit) in the eighth.

Robles (1-1) retired 16 straight batters after surrendering a leadoff single to Jake Rife in the first inning. The Huskies trailed 6-0 before they recorded their second hit, a bunt single by David Bentrott in the sixth. UW finished with four hits.

"We weren't on time at the plate, and we chased a bit," said Washington coach Ken Knutson. "It's been going on all year. We were hitting .267 coming in [seventh in the Pac-10, and .233 in conference play].

"We've struggled. We've got guys who can hit, but they've had some rough seasons. Offensively, tonight was not a very good performance."

Washington scored four runs in the eighth on five walks, a hit batter and a two-run single by Interlake grad Aaron Russell. Pierce Rankin and Kyle Conley drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to bring home Washington's first runs. A pop-up by pinch hitter Doug Cherry ended the threat with runners at second and third.

Stefen Romero keyed a four-run sixth inning for Oregon State (29-12, 12-7) with a bases-loaded triple off reliever Tyler Cheney.

Romero later scored on a single by Jared Norris. OSU scored earlier with a bases-loaded walk in the second and a single in the fifth.

Caleb Brown led off the UW ninth with a single to right but was stranded after two strikeouts and a fly out.

Notes

• Knutson gave senior Jorden Merry his first start since April 5. Merry, an All-Pac-10 selection with an 8-2 record last season, has struggled with wildness this year. Merry walked six in three innings Friday, including three in the second. Merry has issued 34 walks in 37 innings this season.

• The two teams play again today at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at what has been known as Husky Ballpark since the facility opened in 1998. Today it will be renamed Chaffey Field in a ceremony to recognize UW baseball donor Herb Chaffey, a 1961 Washington grad and founder of Chaffey Homes.

• Longtime UW usher George Hickman, 84, a member of the famed 188-member Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, was honored with a team jersey during a pregame ceremony at home plate.

• UW football coach Steve Sarkisian threw out the first pitch.

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