Diamond Dawgs take Beavers down

Greg Isaacson and Brent Lillibridge homered to lead the offensive attack as the Huskies rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Oregon State Beavers in their first Pac-10 home game on a chilly and rainy Friday night at Husky Ballpark.

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 extra out.

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.

The 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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