Washington 12, Arizona 11 (10)

Greg Isaacson homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to cap a rally from an eight run deficit as the Huskies stunned the Arizona Wildcats with a dramatic 12-11 victory and swept the three game Pac-10 series on a magnificent Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

With the win, the Huskies impoved to 24-13-1, but more importantly solidified their hold on second place in the Pac-10 with an 8-4 record, while Arizona dropped to 21-18-1 and 5-7.

The Huskies hit six home runs total in the victory to boost their Pac-10 leading total to 61, with Kyle Larsen hitting three solo shots, John Otness a two run homer and Aaron Hathaway another solo shot in addition to the game winner by Isaacson. With his three long balls, Larsen also tied the single game record set by Tyler Davidson in 2002 and matched by Chad Boudon in 2003.

After Ben Johnson and Brent Lillibridge both popped out to second baseman John Hardy for two quick outs in the last of the 10th, Isaacson looked at a ball before delivering a fastball down and in from Wildcat closer Derek Rodriguez over the 365 marker in right field for his fifth home run of the season. When he reached home plate he got mobbed by his teammates.

"I figured the ball was out when I hit it given that the wind was blowing out", said Isaacson.

Arizona began the scoring in the game with three runs in the third off freshman Husky ace Tim Lincecum. Derek Decater, a sophomore from Sammamish, Washington and Skyline High School. led off with a single to center and advanced to third on a hit and run single by Hardy. Moises Duran chopped a single into the hole between second and third to score Decater. Jeff Van Houten then moved up the runners with a sacrifice, and Hardy scored on a passed ball by Hathaway.

Jordan Brown then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Duran.

The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Larsen got the Huskies on the board when he drilled a 2-0 pitch from John Meloan over the wall in right field for his first home run of the game and sixth of the season. Matt Lane then walked and stole second before Otness took a 1-0 pitch into the screen in dead center field for his seventh homer of the season.

Arizona then roughed up Lincecum in the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs to take an 11-3 lead. Van Houten and Brown doubled back to back to put the Wildcats ahead 4-3. Bill Rhinehart struck out but Richard Mercado walked and Nick Hundley and Jason Donald followed with run scoring singles to make it 6-3. Decater flied out to shallow center for the second out of the inning, and then Lincecum yielded his first home run of the season when Hardy took him deep over the 365 marker in left field for a three run shot, his third of the season, and a 9-3 Wildcat lead.

At that point, Husky head coach Ken Knutson brought in reliever Jordan Ponzoha, but Arizona got to him for two more runs. Duran blooped a singled to center and came home when Van Houten hit his first home run of the season into the center field screen.

After that, the Huskies chipped away at the deficit, answering the eight runs by Arizona in the top of the sixth with two in the bottom of the inning, another pair in the eighth and four runs against Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 11.

In the sixth, Larsen sent a fly ball over the wall in right for his second homer of the game and seventh of the season. Hathaway lined a single to left, and after Matt Lane struck out looking, Nick Batkoski gave the Huskies runners at second and third with a double down the right field line. Otness then lofted a fly ball to right to plate Hathaway and make it 11-5.

In the eighth the Huskies got to Meloan for two runs and finally chased him, on back to back home runs by Larsen, his third of the game and eighth of the season, and Hathaway, his sixth of the season.

Then in the ninth, after Lillibridge led off by flying out to right field, Isaacson walked, Zach Clem singled, and Larsen walked to load the bases. Hathaway then grounded into an apparent force at second but Hardy's throw to second pulled shortstop Donald off the base, allowing Larsen to reach second asfely and Isaacson to score to make it 11-8. Tyler Mach followed with a ground single into center to score Clem and Larsen and bring the Huskies to within one run.

Batkoski then singled into the hole between second and third to score Hathaway with the tying run. The Huskies had a chance to win it in regulation but left fielder Chris Frey snared a liner into the gap in left center field and threw to Hardy to double up pinch runner Nick Burnham.

With all the runs on the scoreboard, neither starter figured into the decision. For Arizona, Meloan went the first seven innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts. Lincecum had his worst start in his young Husky career, lasting only five and two thirds innings allowing nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

"Lincecum did not have his best stuff today but he's a competitor and will be fine next time. He's too good not to bounce back", said Isaacson.

All American closer Will Fenton got the win for the Huskies to improve to 5-3 with one and two thirds innings of scoreless ball. Rodriguez suffered the loss for Arizona to drop to 0-2, allowing five runs, four earned, in only one and two thirds innings with two walks and no strikeouts.

The Huskies host the University of British Columbia in an exhibition game on Wednesday, April 28 before resuming Pac-10 play with a three game series at Oregon State from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2. Then the Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for a big three game series against first place and second ranked Stanford from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9.

About the possibility of overlooking Oregon State with Stanford coming up, Isaacson said, "We wil not overlook the Beavers. Corvallis is a tough place to play and they have beaten us three times this year so they have opened our eyes as to how good they are."

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