Lincecum lights up L-M

Tim Lincecum allowed only one hit in six innings to earn his second consecutive win as the Huskies opened a three game series at Husky Ballpark against Loyola Marymount with a 10-1 rout of the Lions on Friday night.

After establishing a career high with 11 strikeouts in his first victory over Missouri on March 6, he surpassed it with 15 strikeouts in his very next start against the Lions. He also began the game the same way he did against Missouri, by striking out the side in the first inning. Lincecum struck out at least two batters in every inning, including the side in both the fourth and sixth.

At one point, Lincecum retired 13 batters in a row, but then pitched himself into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with no one out by hitting Anthony Soto with a pitch to lead off, and then walking Billy Lockin and giving up a single to Joe Frazee.

After coach Ken Knutson went to visit Lincecum on the mound, he walked Jonathan Higashi to force home Soto, but Knutson left him in to pitch, and he proceeded to strike out Kyle Mura, Joe Cooper, and Clint McGill to finish the inning with only the one run.

In improving his record to 2-0, Lincecum also increased his strikeout total to 45 in only 28 innings, or 14.46 strikeouts per 9 innings. Matt Kasser then relieved Lincecum in mop up duty and worked three one-hit innings to record his first save of the season.

Offensively the Huskies gave Lincecum all the support he would need in the bottom of the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.

Brent Lillibridge and Greg Isaacson began the inning with consecutive singles and Aaron Hathaway drew a walk against Lion starter Will Quaglieri to load the bases. Lilibridge scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Matt Lane to put the Huskies on the board, but Quaglieri walked Zach Clem to re-load the bases and bring Kyle Larsen to the plate.

Larsen made him pay, taking him deep on a 1-1 count with a towering fly ball well over the wall in right field for his first home run of the season and a 5-0 lead. Then John Otness, the very next batter, drilled the first delivery from Quaglieri just over the wall in left field for a solo shot, his fourth of the season.

The Huskies then pounded Quaglieri for four more runs and a 10-0 lead in the fourth. Lillibridge led off with a walk and Isaacson followed with what looked like a lazy fly ball but it carried well over the right field wall for his second homer of the season. Then Matt Lane blooped a double down the left field line and Clem stroked a line drive into the screen in center field for his second homer of the season.

When the punishment from the Husky lumber ended, Quaglieri dropped to 2-2 and his earned run average ballooned from 1.04 to 3.90, as he gave up 10 runs, all earned, on 10 hits and three walks in only four innings.

With the win,Washington improved to 8-4-1, while Loyola Marymount fell to 11-5. The two teams play the middle game of the series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Right hander Keaton Everitt (2-1, 4.26) will start for the Huskies, while Jeff Stevens (1-0, 2.57) will take the mound for the Lions.

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