UCLA 3, #13 UW 1

Casey Janssen pitched a six hitter for his first complete game of the season as UCLA defeated the #13 Huskies 3-1 in the opener of a crucial Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

The Huskies dropped to 33-17-1 and 14-8 in the Pac-10 but still hold first place by a half game over #1 Stanford, which dropped to 12-7 with a 9-3 loss at Sunken Diamond to USC. The Bruins improved to 30-25 overall and 11-8 in the conference, good for third place in the Pac-10, and now trail the Huskies by only a game and a half and the Cardinal by one game.

With the win the Bruins also prevented Husky head coach Ken Knutson from becoming the all-time winningest coach in Husky history. Knutson remains tied with mentor Bob MacDonald for the all-time record of 422 wins.

The Huskies got to Janssen for a run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead, as leadoff batter Brent Lillibridge blooped a double down the right field line on the very first pitch by Janssen, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout to second by Greg Isaacson.

After the first Janssen allowed only five singles, two each to Matt Lane and Aaron Hathaway and one to Isaacson. The Huskies got a runner as far as third in the sixth as, with one out, Isaacson walked, stole second, and moved to third when catcher Chris Denove's attempt to catch Isaacson stealing hit the runner in the back and bounced into shallow left center field. Janssen kept Isaacson at third as he struck out Zach Clem and got Larsen to ground out.

Janssen threw 130 pitches in his complete game effort, walking only one and striking out eight.

The Bruins got to Husky starter Kyle Parker for two runs in the top of the third. Jarrad Page walked and Preston Griffin moved him to third with a hit and run single to right field. After Brett McMillan fouled out to third baseman John Otness. Parker then attempted to pick Griffin off first, but his throw went into the dirt and got past Larsen at first base, allowing Page to score the tying run and Griffin to take second. Ryan McCarthy then walked and Wes Whisler reached on an infield single to load the bases. Matt Thayer followed with another walk to force home Griffin and put the Bruins on top 2-1.

Denove made it 3-1 Bruins in the top of the sixth when he led off with a home run, his seventh of the season, into the visitors' bullpen in left field.

Parker gave up all three Bruin runs to suffer the loss and drop to 2-3, yielding five hits and six walks while striking out five. Trent Baysinger pitched three and one third innings of scoreless relief to keep the Huskies in the game but Janssen shut them down.

The two teams return to Husky Ballpark for the middle game of the series at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Matt Kasser (3-0, 6.65) will start for the Huskies and David Johnson (2-2, 4.29) for the Bruins.

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