UW 11, Missouri 6

Freshman Tim Lincecum pitched six strong innings to earn his first career win as the Washington Huskies snapped a three game losing streak with an 11-6 victory over the Missouri Tigers in the middle game of a three game series at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.

With no decisions and a 4.50 ERA in his first three starts, Lincecum easily made his start on Saturday the most memorable of his brief career, allowing Missouri one unearned run on nine hits and one walk while striking out 11.

He came out throwing strikes right from the outset as he fanned Tyler Williams, Zach Taylor and Ryan Rallo looking in the first inning. Then in the second, despite allowing the Tigers two runners on a double by Cody Ehler and a single by James Boone, he struck out the side again, getting Lee Laskowski swinging and Brad Flanders and Cosme Caballero looking.

In the third Lincecum struck out Jeremy Hernandez and Taylor for the second time to boost his total to eight in three innings. Fortunately for the Huskies, he had his strikeout pitch working, because despite his gaudy numbers, Missouri hit him hard and, after the first, had runners aboard in every inning.

In the third Williams singled but got caught stealing. In the fourth, Rallo led off with a walk and Ehler smacked a line drive for an apparent base hit, but second baseman Greg Isaacson made the play of the game, diving to his left to spear the ball and start a double play, forcing Rallo at second with Brent Lillibridge's relay to first arriving in time to retire Ehler.

Missouri then loaded the bases in both the fifth and sixth but only scored one run. In the fifth, Boone reached on an error by Isaacson, moved to second on a wild pitch by Lincecum, and after Caballero struck out, scored on a line single to left center by Hernandez. Then Williams and Taylor lined consecutive singles to load the bases, but Lincecum got Rallo to pop out and Ehler to ground out to Isaacson to end the inning.

In the sixth, the Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs but Williams grounded out to Isaacson to end the inning.

While Lincecum kept Missouri scoreless for four and a third innings, the Huskies had no such difficulty getting on the board against Missouri starter Erik Dessau, who entered the contest 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in 20 innings.

In the second, the Huskies took a 1-0 lead when Zach Clem lined the first pitch he saw over the bullpen wall in left for his first career home run.

In the fourth the Huskies added three to take a 4-0 lead. Larsen led off with a walk, prompting Missouri coach Tim Jamieson to pull Dessau in favor of left hander Nathan Culp. After Aaron Hathaway flied out to right, Larsen stole second, advanced to third on a single by Taylor Johnson, and scored on a single by Matt Tucker. Then Lillibridge lined a double to right center to score Johnson and Tucker.

In the fifth the Huskies roughed up Culp for three more runs and a 7-1 lead. Tucker followed singles by Larsen and Johnson with his first career homer, a three run shot into the Missouri bullpen in left field.

Washington made it 8-1 in the sixth when Matt Lane reached safely on an error by third baseman Caballero and scored on a double to left center by Clem.

Missouri got a run back in the top of the eighth on two walks and an RBI single by Hernandez, before the Huskies scored what turned out to be three important insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases on consecutive singles by Isaacson, Tyler Mach, and Lane.

Dustin Wernecke, making his first appearance of the season on the mound for the Tigers, looked like he would escape unscathed when he got Nick Burnham to foul out and Larsen to pop up, but pinch hitter Nick Batkoski drove in all three runners with a double to left center, giving the Huskies an 11-2 lead.

Missouri rallied for four runs in the ninth against Husky reliever Trent Baysinger. Rallo hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot which just cleared the wall in left field, and the Tigers added three more on three doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly.

With the victory the Huskies improved to 7-4 and dropped Missouri to 11-3. The two teams will meet in the finale of the series with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. Keaton Everitt (2-1) will take the mound for the Huskies and Garrett Broshuis (3-0) for the Tigers. The Huskies will then host Loyola Marymount in a three game set from Friday, March 12 to Sunday, March 14.

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