Diamond Dawgs down Cougars

Greg Isaacson homered to highlight a four run third inning as the Huskies defeated the Cougars 7-3 in the second game of the Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark With the victory before a crowd of 1,406, their biggest of the season, the Huskies improved to 5-3 in the Pac-10 and 19-9-1 overall, while the Cougars dropped to 2-3 and 20-10.

The Huskies also knocked Cougar starting pitcher Bryce Chamberlin from the undefeated ranks with four runs in the third. Chamberlin, who entered the game with a perfect 6-0 record, dropped to 6-1 as he lasted only four and a third innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.

John Otness led off the four run third with a line single to left and moved to second on a passed ball by catcher Brandon Reddinger. After Ben Johnson and Taylor Johnson struck out against Chamberlin, leadoff batter Brent Lillibridge came to the plate and line a shot off the glove of first baseman Grant Richardson, and when the ball rolled into shallow right field, Otness scored and Lillibridge slid into second with a double. Then Isaacson deposited a 2-1 pitch into the screen in center field for his fourth home run of the season and a 3-0 Husky lead. After a walk to Zach Clem, Matt Lane lined a double off the wall in right center to score Clem.

Despite not allowing a hit, Husky starter Kyle Parker suffered from terrible control problems, walking seven batters while only striking out one in three and two thirds innings. In the second, he walked four and loaded the bases, but got out of trouble as Aaron Hathaway threw out one runner attempting to steal and he struck out J.J. Burress looking to end the threat. Parker walked the bases loaded again in the fourth, prompting coach Ken Knutson to relieve him in favor of left hander Trent Baysinger. Pinch hitter Zach Kosturos lined a 3-2 pitch from Baysinger down the left field line for a double to score Justin Hart and Reddinger, with both runs charged to Parker.

The Huskies scored once in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. They got runners at first and third when Isaacson singled and Clem got hit by a pitch. Clem moved to second on a wild pitch, and after third baseman Jeff Miller threw out Isaacson at home on a fielder's choice, Kyle Larsen blooped an opposite field single down the left field line to plate Clem.

Washington added one more run in the sixth as Ben Johnson got hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by Taylor Johnson, and scored on a line single into left by Lillibridge. The Huskies scored their final run in the eighth as Ben Johnson walked, raced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Brett Beetham, and scored on a passed ball by reserve catcher Zach Franklin.

After relieving Parker, Baysinger earned the victory to improve to 3-2, as he allowed only one run on five hits and four walks in five and a third innings, while striking out two.

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