UW 3, #8 ASU 0

SEATTLE - Jacob Clem fired a six-hit shutout in the final home start of his career as the Huskies downed eighth ranked Arizona State 3-0 in the finale of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a mostly sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win in their home finale, the Huskies salvaged one game in the series and improved to 6-18 in the Pac-10 and 16-34 overall while the Sun Devils dropped to 16-8 and 38-14.

Clem (4-5) made it a Senior Day to remember for the Huskies with his second shutout of the season, walking one and striking out two. He allowed only one baserunner through the first four and two thirds innings, on a ground single by Zach Wilson in the second. Then in the fifth, with two outs Deven Marrero walked and Austin Barnes got hit by a pitch, but Clem's teammates flashed some leather to help preserve the shutout. Right fielder Will Sparks made a diving catch on a sinking line drive by Matt Newman and Ty Afenir not only prevented a grounder by Andrew Aplin from getting into center field, but stepped on second base in time to force Barnes for the final out of the inning.

Clem faced his worst jam of the game in the seventh when the Sun Devils loaded the bases on three consecutive singles by Joey DeMichele, Wilson and Newman. However, Clem got one out when Marrero grounded into a fielder's choice putout at home and escaped unscathed when Barnes grounded into an inning ending double play.

The Sun Devils made one last bid to spoil the shutout in the ninth when Wilson drilled a one out double down the left field line, but Clem struck Newman out looking and got Marrero to ground out to second to end the game.

Offensively for the Huskies, it looked like their woes converting opportunities with runners in scoring position might cost them again. They had runners on at second and third with only one out and the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the third against Kyle Otteson but could not score. He struck out both Joe Meggs and Troy Scott looking. Then in the fourth the Huskies had runners on at first and second but Afenir grounded into a double play.

In the bottom of the fifth the Huskies finally broke through with three runs. Reggie Jones drew a leadoff walk and Meggs walked with one out. The Sun Devils brought Alex Blackford in to relieve Otteson and Jacob Lamb promptly drove the first pitch he saw over a diving Aplin by the 385 marker in center field to score Jones with the first run of the game. After Scott struck out swinging for the second out, Ryan Wiggins doubled off the NCAA regional plaque in left field to score Meggs and Lamb to make it 3-0.

Otteson (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Sun Devils. He went four and a thirds innings, allowing one run. He walked three and struck out two.

In addition to Clem, Husky seniors playing their final home game included center fielder Brendan Gardner-Young and first baseman Troy Scott. Prior to the game the Huskies also honored pitchers Geoff Brown and Ben Guidos.

After a day off the Huskies will play arch-rival Washington State in a nonconference game in Pasco. They then close the regular season with a three game Pac-10 series against Arizona in Tucson May 27-29.

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