Ouch! Diamond Dawgs hammered

Ryan Rallo homered and drove in five runs to highlight a 17 hit attack as the Missouri Tigers rolled to a 16-2 win over the Huskies in the opener of a three game series at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

Before only 324 fans who braved the chilly elements, Missouri wasted no time warming up the scoreboard, capitalizing on the wildness of Husky starter Richie Lentz to score two runs in the top of the first inning.

Leadoff batter Tyler Williams walked on five pitches, and after Lentz struck out Zane Taylor on three pitches, moved to third on two wild pitches, with the second coming on ball four of another walk to Ryan Rallo. With Cody Ehler at the plate, Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway let a pitch from Lentz get away from him for a passed ball, allowing Williams to score and Rallo to advance to second. Then Lee Lasikowski singled to right to plate Rallo.

The Huskies got a run back in the first as Greg Isaacson led off with a single, advanced to third on a pair of groundouts, and scored on a single to center by Matt Lane. However, Missouri came right back in the top of the second, hitting Lentz hard to score three runs and make it 5-1. With one out, Jeremy Hernandez lined a solid single to right center, and with two outs, Taylor lined a sharp single to center. Then Rallo came up to the plate and smacked a three run homer, his third of the season, deep over the scoreboard beyond the left field wall.

The Huskies looked like they would answer Missouri again in the bottom of the second and turn the game into a seesaw affair, as they had two runners aboard on a single by John Otness and a walk to Taylor Johnson, but Tiger starter Danny Hill retired Isaacson on a pop fly to left to end the inning and from that point shut the Huskies down, retiring 12 more Huskies in order from innings three through six.

Meanwhile, the Tigers continued their offensive onslaught, scoring three more runs in the fourth. Cosme Caballero doubled to lead off, and at that point Husky coach Ken Knutson brought in Jamie Hawkins to relieve Lentz.

After Hernandez sacrificed Caballero to third, Williams walked for the second time, and then stole second. After Taylor struck out, Rallo lined a single to center to score both Caballero and Williams. Hawkins then picked Rallo off first, but his throw to first baseman Kyle Larsen sailed into right field, allowing Rallo to score all the way from first.

In the seventh, Missouri sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to make it 15-1. All the runs came against third Husky pitcher Matt Kasser, with the big blow a two run homer by Lasikowski, his third of the season, a shot over the wall in left center field.

On the mound, Hill picked up the victory for the Tigers to improve to 1-1, as he allowed only one run on seven hits and one walk in seven and a thirds innings, while striking out six. Lentz suffered the loss for Washington to drop to 1-2, allowing six runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks in three innings, with three strikeouts.

Two Husky freshmen made their college debuts after Missouri put the game out of reach. Jordan Ponzoha, from Tumwater High School, entered the game as the fourth Husky pitcher in the eighth and pitched two innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out four. James Allan, from Sam Barlow High School in Greshman, Oregon, finished 2 for 2 with hits in both at-bats. In the seventh, pinch hitting for Larsen, he blooped a single to shallow center field, and then in the ninth, he led off with his first career home run, a line drive over the left field wall against Missouri reliever Michael Cole.

With their fifth straight win, the Tigers improved to 11-2 while the Huskies lost their third straight and dropped to 6-4. The two teams play the middle game of the series at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled at 1 p.m. Freshman right hander Tim Lincecum will start for Washington and junior right hander Erik Dessau for Missouri.

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