UW 6, Arizona State 4

Chad Boudon belted a pair of home runs to become the new all-time single season Husky home run king and help the Huskies move one step closer to securing at an-large berth in the upcoming NCAA tournament with a big 6-4 victory over the third-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in the finale of a three game series at Husky Ballpark.

Arizona State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on Andre Ethier's leadoff home run, his sixth of the season deep beyond the right field wall, and a run-scoring double by Travis Buck.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies scored four runs, all with two outs, to take the lead. With Mike Wagner aboard, Boudon launched a 1-2 pitch from Sun Devil starter Beau Vaughan deep over the Husky Baseball scoreboard in left field and into Lake Washington for his 20th home run of the season, tying the game and breaking the former mark of 19 home runs in a season, which he shared with Dominic Woody (1997-1999).

The home run seemed to ignite the Huskies, as Tila Reynolds came up next and lined a solid single to center and John Otness smacked a double off the 365 marker in left field.

Then Nick Batkoski lined a single into left to plate both runners and give the Huskies the lead.

The Huskies made it 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff home run by Brent Lillibridge, his 11th of the season, into the screen in center field.

Boudon then seemed to put the icing on his historic night and gave the Huskies a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth when he drove another monstrous shot over the left field scoreboard for his 21st home run of the season.

However, Arizona State battled back with two runs in the seventh to make it 6-4 Huskies. Buck led off with a line single to left and scored on a line double into right center field by Tuffy Gosewisch.

Dustin Pedroia then singled off the end of his bat and Husky coach Ken Knutson brought in Brian Carter to relieve starter Clay Johnson.

Carter got Jeff Larish to foul out to third baseman John Otness, but then Jeremy West stroked a single into center to score Gosewisch. After Andre Ethier flied out to left for the second out of the inning, the Sun Devils still had Pedroia and West aboard when Knutson decided to put the game in the hands of Husky closer Will Fenton.

After a first pitch ball to Mike Guerrero, Fenton threw three successive strikes to get Guerrero looking and end the inning without any more damage.

The Sun Devils threatened one last time in the top of the ninth as Pedroia led off with an infield single. After Fenton struck out Jeff Larish on a foul tip, West drove a ball deep to right field and it looked as if Fenton would give up his first run of the season, but Wagner leaped to make the catch against the wall and take an exra base hit away.

Fenton then got two strikes on Ethier, but after fouling two pitches away, Ethier doubled down the right field line to give the Sun Devils runners at second and third and bring Guerrero to the plate.

Fenton struck him out on three pitches, the final one swinging, to nail down his eighth save of the season and make a winner of Clay Johnson, who improved to 6-3 despite allowing four runs on 12 hits and one walk in six innings.

Vaughan suffered the loss for the Sun Devils to drop to 8-5, as he allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four plus innings, while striking out two.

With the victory the Huskies took two of three games from Arizona State and improved to 12-9 in the Pac-10 and 37-16 overall, while the Sun Devils dropped to 13-8 and 47-12.

The Huskies also moved to within a game of Arizona State and Arizona for second place in the conference, with three league games remaining at Husky Ballpark against the USC Trojans from Friday, May 23 to Sunday, May 25.

With Arizona State and Arizona set to square off in a three game series in Tempe, the Huskies can finish in a second place tie in the Pac-10 with a 15-9 mark if they sweep USC, and the winner of the Sun Devil -Wildcat series takes two of three.

Should the Huskies win two of three from USC they will finish in a tie for third place with whichever team loses two of the three games in the ASU-Arizona series.

Should one of the Arizona schools sweep the other, to finish 16-8, and the Huskies sweep or win two of three from USC, then the Huskies will finish in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 with either a 15-9 or 14-10 record.

Sean White will deliver the opening pitch of the three game set with USC at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

With a leadoff double in the top of the third, Dustin Pedroia set the new all-time Pac-10 single season record for doubles with 32, breaking the mark of 31 formerly set by Mike Kinkade of Washington State in 1994.

According to reports from the press box at Husky Ballpark, when the Husky administrative staff retrieved Boudon's record breaking home run, they got the ball from the father and uncle of Bookie Gates, former all Pac-10 second baseman for Washington State. They just happened to be fishing from a boat when Boudon's long ball landed in the lake.

With Boudon's multi-home run game, the Huskies got a multi-homer game from just one player for the fourth time in five games. Lillibridge hit two at UCLA on Saturday, May 10, Otness hit two against the Bruins on May 11, and Wagner hit a pair against the Sun Devils in Saturday's series opener.

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