After the Warriors, who have outscored their opponents 70-11 in the first inning for the season, once again jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on a wild pitch by Husky starter Josh Conover and a groundout, the Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the first.
Isaacson lined a single to
center, stole second, and scored on a single by Kyle Larsen, who scored all
the way from first base on a double to right center by John Otness.
Warriors regained the lead at 3-2 in the top of the third on a triple by
Micah Furtado and an RBI groundout by Paul Gallegos, but Isaacson answered
in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run, his sixth of the season, to
tie the game again. From that point it was all Washington.
Isaacson's long ball, the Huskies loaded the bases on walks to Aaron
Hathaway and Larsen and a single by Otness. After Chad Boudon, the Huskies'
leading home run hitter with 17, struck out, Tila Reynolds gave the Huskies
a 5-3 lead with a two run single to plate Hathaway and Larsen.
The Huskies then scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh
and broke the game open with seven in the bottom of the eighth, with some
timely hitting but mostly very poor pitching by the Warriors.
They also had
a chance to do some damage in the sixth as reliever Scott Fairbanks loaded
the bases by hitting Taylor Johnson, Hathaway and Larsen with pitches, but
Otness flied out to center to let Fairbanks off the hook.
Reynolds doubled, Mike Wagner walked, and Taylor Johnson singled to load the
bases in the seventh, the Huskies would not squander this opportunity.
Brent Lillibridge blooped a single to left to score Reynolds, Isaacson
brought home Wagner with another single, and Hathaway drove home Johnson
with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 8-3 Huskies.
Third Warrior pitcher Nick Seely basically self-destructed in the
eighth, walking Boudon, Reynolds and Johnson to load the bases yet again,
and the Huskies proceeded to rough him up.
Lillibridge blooped a single to
right to score Boudon and Reynolds and Isaacson lined a double off the 365
marker in right center field to tally Johnson and Lillibridge and make it
Then Grant Gerrard, pinch hitting for Hathaway, recorded
both his first hit and first RBI as a Husky, singling to center to plate
Isaacson. The next batter, Steve Ramsey, stepped up to the plate to pinch hit
for Larsen and completed the Husky barrage, lining the first pitch he saw
from Seely inside the foul pole in right field for his first home run of the
On the mound, after allowing the three Warrior runs on six hits in
the first three innings, the Huskies shut out Lewis-Clark State the rest of
Conover proceeded to pitch six innings, yielding only two walks in
the fourth, with seven strikeouts, to earn the win and improve his record to
4-0. Trent Baysinger, Brian Carter and Will Fenton followed Conover to the
mound, with Fenton emphatically finishing off the Warriors by striking out
the side in the ninth.
Tim Petke, a senior from USC, suffered the loss to
drop to 5-2, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks in five
innings. He struck out six.
With the win, the Huskies completed a very successful homestand with
a 6-1 record and improved to 29-13 overall, while the Warriors dropped to
33-12. They also evened their all-time series with L-C State at 15 wins
apiece, and own an 11-6 record against L-C State under coach Ken Knutson.
The Huskies return to Pac-10 play from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4 when
they visit arch-rival Washington State for a three game series at Bailey
-Brayton Field in Pullman. Sean White will start Friday's opener, Jeff
Petersen the middle game and either Clay Johnson or Trevor Gibson the
NOTES: Lillibridge continued his terrific freshman season with the Huskies,
finishing 3 for 5 to raise his team-leading average to .413. He also scored
a run and drove in three.
Both LC-State and Washington right fielders flashed some leather in
Tuesday's game. Nick Browne made two terrific diving catches for the
Warriors on sinking liners, the first by Hathaway in the fourth and the
other by Isaacson in the sixth.
Taylor Johnson made his own great play in
the seventh, diving to snare a foul ball by Gavin Concepcion in foul
territory against the right field screen fence.
UW 15, Lewis-Clark State 3
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