UW 15, Lewis-Clark State 3

Greg Isaacson went 4 for 6 with three runs scored and four runs batted in to lead the Huskies to a 15-3 rout over the defending and 12 time NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State Warriors in non-conference action at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday evening.

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.

The 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.

Following 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.

However, after 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 12-3 Washington.

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 season.

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 the game.

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 finale.

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.

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