Washington 16, Portland 4

Chad Boudon homered to highlight a six run seventh inning as the Huskies broke open a close game and defeated the Portland Pilots 16-4 in non-conference action at Husky Ballpark on a perfect Tuesday night for baseball.

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.

Batkoski 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 innings.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 32-14 and drop the Pilots to 9-36-1.

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.

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