Leading 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Larsen and Brent Lillibridge walked and scored when Tila Reynolds lined his second double of the game down the left field line.
Aaron Hathaway then lofted what
looked like a routine inning ending fly ball to center fielder Tyler Perkins,
but he appeared to lose the ball in the lights and the ball fell for a double,
scoring Reynolds and giving Washington a 10-4 lead.
Pilot coach Chris Sperry
went to his bullpen, calling in Daniel Knox to relieve Joe Jones, but Knox
walked Mike Wagner on four pitches to bring up Boudon.
After taking a ball,
Boudon lined the next pitch deep to right center field that hit the yellow
stripe at the top of the wall and just did go over the wall, for his 19th home
run of the season.
With that shot Boudon tied the all-time single season Husky
record for home runs, originally set by Dominic Woody in 1999.
Overall the Huskies pounded Pilot pitching for five home runs, and
quickly took a 6-0 lead in the first two innings with two long balls against
Portland starter Andrew Renyer.
In the first, Lillibridge singled, advanced to
second when left fielder Justin Pierce bobbled the ball for an error, and came
home on a two run opposite field shot over the right field wall by Reynolds, his
second of the season.
Then, in the second, Larsen walked, Batkoski singled and
Greg Isaacson got hit by a pitch to load the bases before Lillibridge cleared
them with a grand slam, his seventh of the season, to right field.
Portland scored two runs in the third, also via the home run, to
make it 6-2, as Kory Casto took Husky starter Josh Conover deep to left center
for his ninth of the season following a walk to Ryan Heil.
The Huskies made it 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a walk to
Isaacson, a single by Lillibridge, and a hit and run RBI single by Hathaway.
Despite coming into the game with a 9-35-1 record, the Pilots
tightened the game, scoring twice in the fifth to cut teh Husky lead to 7-4.
Heil and Perkins singled, executed a double steal, and scored on a double just
inside the bag at third base by Rob Seffens.
After their six spot put the game out of reach, the Huskies added
three more runs in the bottom of the eighth with two more home runs.
hit a one out solo shot into the screen in center field for his second of the
season, and then, after Simi Reynolds walked, Brian Bauer hit his first career
home run as a Husky, driving a 3-2 pitch from Knox over the left field wall.
In addition to the five home runs, the Huskies got stellar performances
at the plate from their top two batters, Lillibridge and Tila Reynolds.
Lillibridge continued his impressive freshman season, finishing 3 for 4 to raise
his average to .411, while scoring three runs and driving in four, while
Reynolds finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and also four runs batted in.
On the mound, David Dowling got the win in relief of Conover to improve
to 6-2, allowing only one hit while striking out three in two and one thirds
innings. Matt Kasser relieved Dowling in the eighth and struck out the side,
with Brian Carter mopping up in the ninth.
For Portland, Renyer took the loss
to drop to 2-5, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks in three
With the win, the Huskies improve to 32-14 and drop the Pilots to
They look to complete a season sweep of the Pilots when they host
Portland at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and then return to conference action when they
travel to face UCLA from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11.
Following the set
against the Bruins, the Huskies return to the friendly confines of Husky
Ballpark to close out the season with six Pac-10 games, three against Arizona
State from May 17-19 and three against USC May 23-25.
Washington 16, Portland 4
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