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Matt Lane doubled with the bases loaded to highlight a six run first inning as the Huskies defeated the Arizona Wildcats 6-1 in the opener of a Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

With the win the Huskies improved to 22-13-1 and 6-4 in the Pac-10 and took sole possession of second place in the conference pending the outcome of a game between USC and Oregon State in Los Angeles, while Arizona dropped to 21-16-1 and 5-5.

In the bottom of the first, after leadoff batter Brent Lillibridge struck out, the Huskies got to Arizona starter Koley Kolberg for all six runs. They loaded the bases on a walk to Ben Johnson and singles by Zach Clem and Kyle Larsen. Nick Batkoski walked on four pitches from Kolberg to force home the first run of the game, and then Lane lined a 2-2 pitch from Kolberg to the 395 marker in center field to plate Clem, Larsen and Batkoski and give the Huskies a 4-0 lead. John Otness then followed with a double to left center to score Lane, and took third when second baseman John Hardy and shortstop Jason Donald seemed in no hurry to take the ball from the outfield. Greg Isaacson then lined a single to right to score Otness and make it 6-0.

Arizona had plenty of opportunities to put some runs on the board against the Huskies, especially in the first and sixth, as they left the bases loaded twice. In the first, Jeff Van Houten singled and Richard Mercado and Bill Rhinehart walked, but Parker got out of the inning when Nick Hundley flied out to right. Then in the sixth, against reliever David Dowling, Hundley led off with a single, and after a fielder's choice, Jason Donald got a gift double when Lillibridge stumbled attempting to catch what looked like a routine fly ball to center field. Then John Hardy walked, but Dowling struck out Brad Boyer for the second out and Van Houten flied out to left fielder Clem to end the inning.

The only run scored by the Wildcats came in the top of the fourth against Parker, as Hundley walked, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Parker, and scored on another wild pitch by Parker.

Parker pitched the minimum five innings to receive credit for the victory and improve to 2-1, allowing one run on only one hit, while walking eight and striking out three.

"Kyle struggled with his command tonight but competed hard and made the pitches to get out of trouble," said Husky coach Ken Knutson.

Dowling pitched the final four innings to earn his first save of the season, allowing four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Kolberg suffered the loss to drop to 6-3 for Arizona. After giving up the six runs in the first, he settled down and went the distance to notch his third complete game of the season. He gave up six hits and walked seven, with seven strikeouts.

The two teams return to Husky Ballpark for the second game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m, with sophomore right hander Matt Kasser (2-0,6.91) starting for the Huskies and sophomore right hander Kevin Guyette (5-4,5.35) for the Wildcats. Saturday's game will also take place as part of Washington's annual Spring Fling, with free admission to the game. Then, on Sunday, the series finale will begin at 1 p.m. with freshman phenom Tim Lincecum (4-1,2.95) taking the mound for Washington and sophomore right hander John Meloan (3-0, 6.23) opposing him.
SOFTBALL: #5 UW 1, #4 Cal 6

Kristina Thorson pitched a three itter for her 13th complete game of the season as the fourth ranked Bears defeated the fifth ranked Huskies 6-1 at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

With the win the Bears squared their Pac-10 record at 5-5 and improved to 38-8 overall, while teh Huskies dropped only their second conference game against six wins and fell to 32-9 overall.

The game began under cloudy skies, and with one out and Aimee Minor batting for the Huskies in the bottom of the first, a downpour came and halted play for 52 minutes, with a couple of the Huskies attempting to entertain the fans during the delay by sliding across the tarp covering the infield. When play resumed, Thorson, got Minor to hit a soft liner to shorstop Chelsea Spencer in left field, but then Sarah Hyatt took Thorson deep into the right field bleachers for her ninth home run of the season and a 1-0 Husky lead.

Kristen Rivera then lined a single off Spencer's glove, and Dena Tyson and Kathy Fiske followed with walks to load the bases, but Thorson got out of the jam by striking out Amanda Oleson looking on three pitches.

After the first Thorson shut down the Huskies, facing the minimum number of batters through the sixth inning. The only baserunner against Thorson came when Hyatt drew a one out walk in the bottom of the third, but Hyatt got erased when Kristen Rivera grounded into her first double play of the season.

The Huskies finally got another hit against Thorson in the last of the seventh when Dena Tyson singled to center, but then Fiske struck out, Oleson grounded into a fielder's choice and Courtney Jeffries grounded out to second to end the game.

With the victory Thorson, a sophomore from Lake Forest Park, Washington and Shorecrest High School, improved to 18-2. She struck out seven and walked three. Ashley Boek started in the circle for the Huskies, and despite her 22nd complete game of the season, dropped to 21-6.

She pitched well, but got victimized by balls that just seemed to fall into the right places for the Bears. In the fourth, with one out Kaleo Eldredge blooped a single into left center field, and Haley Woods followed with another bloop single to left center. After Jessica Pamanian grounded out to second, Spencer walked to load the bases, and Boek walked Roni Rodrigues to force home Eldredge with the tying run. Jessica Vernaglia, who entered the game with only a .154 batting average, then chopped a single to left field to score Woods and Spencer and give the Bears a 3-1 lead. The Bears added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to put the game away.

The Huskies next host 10th ranked Stanford for two games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game, which begins at 2 p.m., will take place as part of the Spring Fling, with free admission to the outfield bleacher seats. Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m.

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