#13 Washington 5, UC-Irvine 4

Greg Isaacson singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the 13th ranked Huskies defeated UC-Irvine 5-4 at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon. Isaacson finished 2 for 2 with a pair of runs scored and the game winning run batted in. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances, as he also got hit by a pitch and walked.

After the two teams scored eight runs in the first three innings with four runs each, the teams traded zeros on the board until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Brent Lillibridge walked, stole second, and scored when Isaacson drilled a line single into right center field.

UC Irvine opened the scoring and took a 2-0 lead against Husky ace Tim Lincecum with two outs in the top of the first inning. Jordan Szabo walked and Cody Cipriano grounded a single to center. Then Mark Wagner lined a double into the gap in left center field to plate Szabo and Cipriano.

Washington came right back in the bottom of the first and took the lead with three runs against starter Glenn Swanson. Lillibridge and Isaacson reached on back to back singles, but it looked like Swanson might get out of the inning when he struck out Aaron Hathaway swinging and Kyle Larsen looking, but Zach Clem singled to center to score Lillibridge.

Szabo overran Clem's hit for an error, allowing Isaacson, who went from first to third on the play, to race home with the tying run, Clem taking second. Zach advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by John Otness.

The Anteaters regained the lead at 4-3 with two runs in the third. Matt Fisher walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, and scored on Cipriano’s second hit of the game, a single to center. Wagner and David Kennedy walked to load the bases, but it looked like Lincecum would get out of the inning when he struck out Tim Stewart swinging.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, strike three bounced away from Hathaway, allowing Cipriano to score the go ahead run and the Anteaters to keep the bases loaded. Lincecum managed to avoid any more damage when he got Andy Amara to fly out to right field.

The Huskies tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the third with two outs. Isaacson got hit by a pitch with one out, and after Swanson struck out Hathaway for the second time in the game, Larsen doubled into right center field to score Isaacson.

On the mound, Lincecum got the victory to improve to 10-2. He allowed four runs on four hits and six walks in seven innings, while striking out 10. David Dowling pitched a scoreless eighth for the Huskies and closer Will Fenton pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save. For the Anteaters, Swanson got a no-decision, as he allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four. Chris Nicoll took the loss to drop to 7-5, as he got only one out and gave up the go-ahead run.

With the win, the Huskies have now taken the first two games of the non-conference series and improved to 36-18-1, while the Anteaters dropped to 34-20-1.

The Huskies go for the series sweep when they host the Anteaters at 1 p.m on Sunday afternoon in their regular season finale. Sunday’s game will mark the final appearance at Husky Ballpark for seniors Trent Baysinger, Josh Conover, Trevor Gibson, Jamie Hawkins, Isaacson, Ben Johnson and Otness.

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