Diamond Dawgs break out the brooms

Zach Clem homered for the third straight game to lead a 12 hit attack as the Huskies completed a sweep of Loyola Marymount with an 11-5 victory over the Lions in the finale of the three game series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

After Aaron Hathaway put the Huskies up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning with a double down the left field line to score Brent Lillibridge and Greg Isaacson, Clem drilled a 2-0 pitch from Erik Reyes over the 385 mark in center field for his fourth home run of the season and a 4-0 lead.

He also added a single in the third to finish the game 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in, and had an outstanding series overall, going 7 for 12 with seven runs scored, three home runs and six RBI. He also improved his team leading batting average to .422 and, with his four home runs, tied John Otness for the team lead.

Despite falling behind the Huskies 4-0 after only one inning, the Lions scored twice in the top of the third, as Husky starter Richie Lentz walked himself into trouble after retiring the first six Lion batters. He issued free passes to Jonathan Oller, Brady Koch and Billy Lockin. Oller scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Joe Frazee and Jonathan Higashi plated Koch with a line single to left.

The Huskies immediately got the two runs back in the bottom of the third for a 6-2 lead, as Hathaway walked and advanced to third on a groundout and single by Clem, and scored on a balk by Reyes. Matt Tucker then chopped a single into center to score Clem.

In the fourth, the Huskies added another tally to make it 7-2, as they got runners at first and third on back to back singles by Lillibridge and Isaacson, with Lillibridge scoring on a sacrifice fly to center. Lion coach Frank Cruz mildly protested to home plate umpire Tim Stevens that Lillibridge tagged up from third too soon, but to no avail.

Washington then scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 11-2 and put the game out of reach, taking advantage of the wildness of third Loyola pitcher Kevin Jenson. Taylor Johnson and Lillibridge walked and Isaacson singled to load the bases. Johnson scored on a wild pitch, with the other runners moving up 90 feet.

After Hathaway struck out, Lillibridge scored on a grounder to short by Kyle Larsen. Clem then walked and Otness lined a single into right center field to score Isaacson and Clem all the way from first, as third base coach Travis Jewett waived Clem in to score when the Lions seemed to take their time getting the ball back to the infield.

Loyola added a run in the seventh on a pair of doubles by James Cooper and Oller, and made the score more respectable with two runs in the top of the ninth, as Oller lined his first home run of the season, a two run shot, over the wall in right field.

After making his four previous starts of the season on Fridays, Lentz made his first Sunday start of the season and earned the win to even his record at 2-2, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks, with six strikeouts, in seven innings. Reyes took the loss for Loyola to even his record at 1-1, allowing six runs, all earned, on six hits and four walks, with only two strikeouts, in three innings.

With the victory the Huskies swept their second home series of the season, with the first coming against Gonzaga, and upped their home record to 7-1-1 and overall mark to 10-4-1, while the Lions dropped to 11-7 and lost their third in a row following a six game winning streak.

The Huskies will begin a 12 game road trip in Pullman with three non-conference games against arch-rival Washington State Friday March 19 - 21 and when they finally return home will host the Cougars for three Pac-10 games April 8-10.

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