Huskies Hammer GT, 16-2

ATLANTA - The Washington baseball team posted eight runs in the second inning, belting two homers and a three-run double in that inning alone, and Tim Lincecum allowed no runs on one hit while striking out nine over six innings as the Huskies coasted to a 16-2 win over Georgia Tech Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The victory gave the Huskies (21-13-1) a 2-1 win in the series after losing Friday night and winning Saturday. Georgia Tech dropped to 21-17 on the season.

Lincecum (4-1) didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, when leadoff man Eric Patterson began the inning with a clean single to right field. He also moved into third place on the UW single-season strikeouts list, with 96 on the year. The freshman from Liberty High walked three in his six-inning outing.

Freshman designated hitter Matt Lane got the second inning off to a good start, blasting a long home run to right field, his third. After an out, the Huskies loaded the bases for junior shortstop Nick Batkoski, who cleared them with a double down the right field line.

After a Zach Clem single drove home Batkoski, a single and a walk put two more Huskies aboard for senior catcher Ben Johnson, whose fifth home run of the season gave Washington an early 8-0 lead and chased senior starter Brian Burks from the game.

In the third, the Huskies continued the onslaught. John Otness led off with a double to right- center. After an out, Brent Lillibridge walked to put two runners on base for Batkoski, who drove a John Goodman pitch over the fence in left, his first home run of the season. Batkoski finished up 2-for-5 with a homer, a double and six runs batted in.

In the eighth, Washington added five runs when Tech reliever Jason Neighborgall, touted as one of the nation's hardest throwers, walked the first seven batters he faced and then hit Brian Bauer with a pitch. After Neighborgall was pulled after the hit batter, Taylor Johnson drove in a run with a single before a double play ended the inning. If not for a Husky being thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch, the Huskies would have plated a sixth run in the frame.

Yellowjackets starter Brian Burks (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits over one and one-third innings. Tech used eight pitchers in the game.

Tech scored its first run in the eighth when Tyler Greene reached on a bunt single and scored on a two-out double from Brandon Boggs. Mike Nickeas led off the ninth with a home run to account for the Jackets' other tally.

Lane finished with three hits and two RBIs in five at bats.

The Huskies return to Pac-10 play next Friday through Sunday when Arizona visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. Friday night's game (6:30 p.m.) featured one-dollar hot dogs. Admission is free to Saturday's 1:00 p.m. game, a part of the annual Spring Fling. Finally, Sunday, also a 1:00 p.m. start, is autograph day.

Washington 16, Georgia Tech 2
Washington      083 000 050 -- 16 13 0
Georgia Tech    000 000 011 --  2  5 2
Tim Lincecum, Trent Baysinger (7), Richie Lentz (9) and
Ben Johnson. Brian Burks, John Goodman (2), Nick Wagner (3), Jared
Hyatt (5), Philip Perry (7), Jason Neighborgall (8), Ryan Turner
(8), Jordan Crews (9) and Mike Nickeas. W - Lincecum (4-1). L -
Burks (2-5). 2B - UW, Zach Clem, Nick Batkoski, John Otness,
Greg Isaacson; GT, Brandon Boggs. HR - UW, Matt Lane (3), B. Johnson (5), Batkoski (1); GT - . T - 3:00. A - 1,928. Records: UW
21-13-1; GT 21-17. Top Stories