Dawgs continue winning ways

Senior third baseman John Otness went 4 for 6 with five runs batted in to lead a balanced attack as the #13th ranked Huskies took a respite from the rigors of Pac-10 conference play and rolled to a 20-4 win over Portland at Husky Ballpark on a clear Tuesday night.

The Huskies wasted no time getting on the board, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. They scored three runs in the third, broke the game open with six in the fifth, added four in the sixth, tallied a single run in the seventh, and closed the night with two more in the eighth. Greg Isaacson, Kyle Larsen, Aaron Hathaway and Taylor Johnson each had three hits as the Huskies collected 22 in the game and raised their team average for the season from .296 to .301.

They knocked Portland left hander Jared Adams out of the game after he recorded only one out in the first. Brent Lillibridge led off with a walk, Isaacson grounded a single to center, and Zach Clem got hit by a pitch for the team leading 19th time this season to load the bases. Larsen then stroked a liner to left field, but Jeffrey Crinklaw misjudged it, allowing the ball to sail over his head for a double, with Lillibridge and Isaacson scoring to make it 2-0. Nick Batkoski grounded to first to score Clem and Hathaway grounded a single to left to score Larsen and make it 4-0. In the bottom of the third, Isaacson and Larsen walked, with Isaacson scoring on a sharp hit and run single to right by Batkoski. Following a pop up to second by Hathaway, Otness lined a single into center to score Larsen and Batkoski and make it 7-0.

After Portland got on the board in the fifth with a run on a ground rule double to right center by Justin Pierce and a single by Billy Krause, the Huskies continued to pile the runs on Pilot pitching with six in the fifth. Otness drove in the first run with a single, Lillibridge and Isaacson added a pair of two run singles, and Larsen plated the final run with a chop single down the right field line.

Portland made it 13-3 Huskies with two runs in the sixth. Gustaf Little scored on a single by Crinklaw. Joe Watson then lined out to Lillibridge in center, but when he attempted to double up Crinklaw at first, Lillibridge's throw went nowhere near first baseman Larsen and instead went into the Husky dugout, allowing Nik Kosach to score and Crinklaw to advance to third.

Hathaway highlighted the Huskies' four run sixth with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, into the screen in center field. Another run came in on back to back doubles by Otness and Taylor Johnson, and Lillibridge and Isaacson scored when third baseman Travis Vetters allowed a ground ball by Nick Burnham to go under his glove into left field.

Ben Johnson made it 18-3 Huskies with a solo home run, his sixth, a shot well over the wall in left center field between the flag pole and light post, in the seventh. Then in the eighth, Otness plated the Huskies' final two runs with his fourth hit of the game, a line single to left center to score Larsen and Brian Bauer.

Portland scored a run in the top of the ninth as third Husky pitcher Richie Lentz walked two batters and Kosach blooped a double off the glove of a diving Otness in shallow left field.

Keaton Everitt started on the mound for the Huskies and pitched five and a third innings to earn the win and improve to 4-2. He gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Adams suffered the loss for Portland to drop to 1-6, lasting only one third of an inning and giving up four runs on three hits and a walk.

For the season, the Huskies improved to 29-15-1, while Portland dropped to an abysmal 10-37. The two teams return to Husky Ballpark at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Freshman right hander Jordan Ponzoha will start for Washington against a pitcher to be announced by Portland. The game will also air on KKNW 1150 AM radio.

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