Washington 8, L-C State 4

Keaton Everitt pitched five hit ball for six innings as the 13th ranked Huskies beat defending NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State 8-4 in non-conference action at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday night and gave Head Coach Ken Knutson his 422nd career win, tying him with Bob MacDonald for the all-time Husky coaching record.

With the win the Huskies also improved to 33-16-1 while the Warriors dropped to 50-8 and saw their 22 game winning streak come to an end.

The Huskies helped give Everitt an early cushion with four runs in the bottom of the first. Brent Lillibridge led off with a chop single to center field and Greg Isaacson struck out, but when the throw from catcher Tyler Best to first base pulled Josh Celigoy off the bag, Isaacson reached safely.

Zach Clem singled to score Lillibridge and put the Huskies on the board. After a ground out by Kyle Larsen advanced Isaacson and Clem 90 feet. Isaacson then scored on a wild pitch by Warrior starter Kyle Allen, and Nick Batkoski walked. John Otness lined a single to center to plate Clem. After Batkoski moved to third on a fly out by Aaron Hathaway, he scored when Tyler Mach grounded a single to left.

Washington made it 6-0 in the second. They loaded the bases on a bunt base hit by Isaacson, Clem got hit by a pitch for a new Husky record 20th time, and Larsen walked. With the hit by pitch, Clem broke the record set by Christian Shewey in 1994 and equaled by Kevin Ticen in 1999.

After Allen struck out Batkoski swinging, Otness singled to left to score Isaacson and Clem. The Huskies may have had a chance to do even more damage, but Warrior left fielder Anthony Slagle made a fantastic play, diving over the fence in foul territory to make the catch on a foul fly by Hathaway.

Meanwhile, Everitt tossed five shutout innings at the Warriors, allowing only three hits, before they finally got to him for two runs in the sixth. Justin Fuller, who earlier doubled to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, walked and Jose Rodriguez singled. After both runners advanced on a ground out to second by Allen Balmer, Fuller scored on a wild pitch by Everitt, with Rodriguez advancing to third. Celigoy then singled to center to score Rodriguez and make it 6-2.

The Huskies made it 7-2 in the seventh, Larsen lined a double to right center and Otness reached safely when Rodriguez bobbled his grounder to third. Hathaway then hit a liner to right. Balmer made a diving attempt to catch the ball, but could not, trapping it for a single and allowing Larsen to score from second.

In the eighth the Huskies took advantage of an error to manufacture their final run. Taylor Johnson singled, moved to second on a ground out by Lillibridge, and moved to third on a grounder by Isaacson. However, Isaacson reached safely when Justin Fuller made a bad throw to first, giving the Huskies an extra out and they took advantage as Johnson scored on what would have been the third out, a ground ball to short by Clem.

Richie Lentz relieved Everitt to begin the seventh and pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save despite allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out the side in the eighth, getting Best looking and Celigoy and Brandon Morris swinging.

Allen suffered the loss for the Warriors to drop to 7-2. He gave up six runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks in only one and two thirds innings. He struck out three.

The Huskies return to action when they host UCLA in their final Pac-10 series of the season beginning on Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Games 2 and 3 will take place on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, with first pitch both days scheduled at 1 p.m. With one win they will give Knutson his 423rd career victory and the all-time coaching record. More importantly, however, they seek to move closer to the Pac-10 championship, their first since the Pac-10 scrapped division play and unified into one conference in 1999.

The Huskies currently lead the Pac-10 with a 14-7 record, a half game over Stanford (12-6), although both teams have identical winning percentages.

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