#23 Huskies 3, Gonzaga Bulldogs 0

Keaton Everitt allowed only one hit in seven innings as the 23rd ranked Huskies shut out Gonzaga 3-0 and opened the 2004 home season in splendid fashion with a sweep of the three game non-conference series at a sunny Husky Ballpark.

In improving his record to 2-0 and winning for the second time in as many career starts, Everitt, a sophomore right hander from Juanita High School in Kirkland, out-dueled Gonzaga left hander Patrick Donovan.

After retiring the Bulldogs in order in the first inning, Everitt began the second with a walk to Jeff Culpepper and allowed his only hit, a single to left field by Marshall Bratton that just zipped by the glove of third baseman John Otness. Everitt quickly threw two strikes to the next batter, Aaron Mc Guinness, and then got exactly what he needed when McGuinness grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Everitt hit leadoff batter Bobby Carlson to open the third but then methodically shut down the next 15 Gonzaga batters in order before yielding to reliever Kyle Parker to open the eighth. After Parker walked the first batter he faced, Bratton, he got McGuinness to ground into a double play for the second time in the game and retired Carlson on a line drive to center fielder Taylor Johnson.

All American closer Will Fenton gave up a two out single to Brad Welker, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Donovan matched Everitt for two and two thirds innings, but after Brent Lillibridge grounded a two out single to left, Taylor Johnson followed with a two run home run, his first of the season, over the fence by the right field light standard to put the Huskies up 2-0.

Then in the seventh, the Huskies had a chance to break the game open against Donovan as they loaded the bases on singles by Aaron Hathaway and Tyler Mach and a walk to Nick Batkoski, but managed to tally only one run, on a sacrifice fly to center by Otness.

Despite allowing only the three runs in seven solid innings, Donovan suffered the loss to drop to 0-1 for the season.

With the win the Huskies improved to 5-1 and won their fifth straight following a season opening loss at San Diego, while the Bulldogs fell to 2-5.

The Huskies next return to action for three games at a tournament in UC-Riverside, beginning on Friday, February 27. They play Sacramento State on Friday, UC-Riverside on Saturday, and Pac-10 rival Oregon State on Sunday, before returning to the friendly confines of Husky Ballpark for a three game series against Missouri beginning on Friday, March 5.

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