UW 16, Cal 3

Chad Boudon smacked three home runs and drove in eight runs to power the Huskies to a 16-3 shellacking of the California Bears in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday evening.

Leading the Huskies with 13 home runs entering Friday's contest, Boudon upped his total to 16 and set a new single game Husky record with a pair of solo shots, in the second and fourth, and a grand slam in the fifth.

He also raised his team leading RBI total to 37 and with a 4 for 5 performance at the plate, raised his average to .323.

California actually took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning against Husky starting pitcher Sean White. After White got the first two outs of the game on a groundout and a strikeout, he issued back to back walks to Conor Jackson and Chris Grossman and Brian Horwitz lined a single off the mound and into center field to score Jackson.

The Huskies answered with all the offense they would need in the bottom of the first, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs to chase Cal starter Jesse Ingram before he could even complete one inning.

Brent Lillibridge, in the midst of an impressive freshman season and leading the Huskies with a .391 average, doubled down the right field line, Aaron Hathaway singled, and Kyle Larsen followed with another single to plate Lillibridge and tie the game at 1.

John Otness then walked to load the bases and Boudon lined a sacrifice fly to left field to score Hathaway and give Washington a 2-1 lead. Tila Reynolds then lined a two run double off the wall in left center field and came home on a two run homer over the 385 marker in center field by Mike Wagner, his ninth of the year.

After Taylor Johnson walked and Cal coach brought in Adam Gold to relieve Ingram, Lillibridge greeted Gold on his very first pitch with a line single to left and Isaacson walked to load the bases again. Johnson then scored when Gold uncorked a wild pitch to Hathaway.

The Huskies made it 8-1 in the second when Boudon hit a monstrous long ball over the scoreboard in left field. Then, after Horwitz hit his sixth home run of the season for Cal, a two run shot in the fourth to cut the Husky lead to 8-3, the Huskies got the two runs right back on a one out home run just inside the right field foul pole by Boudon, a single by Wagner and a run scoring double by Johnson.

In the fifth, the Huskies added five runs to pad their lead to 15-3.

Isaacson led off with a bunt single, advanced to second when third baseman Matt Einspahr threw wildly past first base, moved to third on a single by Hathaway, and scored on another base hit by Larsen.

Otness then walked to load the bases before Boudon cleared the bases with a grand slam over the wall in left center field.

Boudon completed the scoring for Washington with a single to score Hathaway in the sixth.

White benefited from the Husky onslaught to win his sixth consecutive decision on the mound and improve to 6-3.

He pitched seven innings, allowing all three Cal runs, while walking five and striking out six. Scott Robertson then pitched two perfect innings in mop up relief.

Ingram took the loss for the Bears to drop to 2-1, allowing seven runs in only two thirds of an inning on five hits and two walks.

With the victory Washington improved to 27-12 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-10, while California dropped to 24-20 and 8-8.

The Huskies (5-5), Bears (8-8) and USC Trojans (6-6) now share fourth place in the Pac-10.

The two teams will resume the series on Saturday afternoon with Jeff Peterson scheduled to deliver the first pitch for the Huskies at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.

NOTES:
California's Conor Jackson, a Baseball America preseason All-America candidate and reigning Pac-10 player of the week, finished 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

Admission to Saturday's game is free as part of the University of Washington's Annual Spring Fling.

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