After the Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a fielder's choice groundout by Kyle Larsen, they took a 4-0 lead with three runs in the second.
However, they never should have had the chance to
score, but the Beavers opened the door for the Huskies by giving them an
After Taylor Johnson grounded out to third and John Otness
grounded out to short, Lillibridge struck out swinging for the apparent
third out of the inning, but Beaver catcher Paul Richie let the pitch get
away from him for a passed ball.
Tila Reynolds then singled on the first
pitch from starting pitcher Ben Rowe, and Isaacson stroked the first pitch
he saw from Rowe over the fence by the light post in right center field for
his third home run of the season.
The Beavers battled back and cut the Husky lead to 4-3 with
three runs in the top of the third. With one out Jacoby Ellsbury singled to
right center and Andy Jarvis blooped a single to shallow left, out of the
reach of a diving Reynolds. Seth Pietsch doubled to plate Ellsbury and
Chris Biles followed with a bloop single down the left field line to score
Jarvis and Pietsch.
Washington restored the lead to four runs with three in the
bottom of the fourth. Otness led off with a solo homer to straightaway left
field to make it 5-3. Then Lillibridge singled, swiped second and scored on
a base hit by Isaacson. Isaacson advanced to second on Richie's second
passed ball of the game and scored on a single by Aaron Hathaway, making it
7-3 in favor of the Huskies.
The Huskies put the game away with three runs in the bottom of
the fifth. With one out Johnson walked and scored on a double by Otness.
Then Lillibridge followed with his third home run of the season, a two run
shot just barely over the fence in center field, to make it 10-3.
Beavers scored what eventually turned out to be a meaningless run in the top
of the sixth on a bases loaded single by Andy Jarvis.
Sean White started on the mound, and despite struggling through
five plus innings, earned his fifth consecutive win in as many starts, to
improve to 5-3, after beginning the season 0-3. He allowed four runs on
five hits and four walks.
Trent Baysinger, despite allowing one of the
runners he inherited from White to score, pitched four strong innings of
relief, slamming the door on the Beavers on two hits and one walk to earn
his second save of the season.
Rowe dropped to 3-2 for the Beavers,
allowing all 10 Husky runs, seven of them earned, on 12 hits and two walks,
in seven innings. He struck out four.
With the victory the Huskies evened their Pac-10 record at 2-2
and improved to 20-9 overall, while the Beavers dropped to 1-3 in conference
and 13-14 overall.
Game 2 of the series will take place on Saturday
afternoon at 1 p.m., with Jeff Petersen getting the start on the mound for
Washington, and Oregon State's starter to be determined.
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