1,135 fans packed the yard to give the Huskies their largest home crowd of the season but went home disappointed as Buck shut the Huskies down in his second complete game of the season, walking four and striking out eight. With the victory he improved to 10-1 and lowered his earned run average to a minuscule 1.83. Tim Lincecum started for the Huskies and suffered the loss to drop to 6-6. He pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with eight walks and nine strikeouts.
After Buck and Lincecum no-hit the opposing
lineups through the first five innings, the Beavers
got two hits against Lincecum in the sixth on an
infield single by Darwin Barney and a single by Andy
Jenkins. The Huskies broke up Buck's no-hitter in
bottom of the sixth on a soft single to left by
The Beavers broke a scoreless tie with three
runs in the seventh. Mike Lissman grounded a single
right and Lincecum walked Ryan Gipson and Jacoby
Ellsbury to load the bases with no one out. Tyler
Graham fouled out to first baseman Kyle Larsen but
Barney plated Lissman with a sacrifice fly to right.
Jenkins then lined a single into right center field,
to score Gipson and Ellsbury, who scored all the way
from first base, never stopping after going from
to third. The Beavers then put the game away with
runs against Brandon McKerney in the top of the
The Huskies had a chance to get on the board
Buck in the bottom of the ninth as Matt Hague and
Larsen singled and pinch hitter Cory Rickard walked
load the bases. Matt Lane came up to pinch hit
Buck but struck out on three pitches to end the
With the win the Beavers improved to 15-4 in
Pac-10, good for first place by a game over idle
Arizona, and 37-8 overall, while the Huskies dropped
to 7-9 in league play and 27-19 overall.
Earlier, on Friday afternoon at Husky
Softball Stadium, Breanne Sabol homered to break a
tie in the top of the seventh inning as the Oregon
Ducks beat the 21st ranked Huskies 3-0.
Caitlin Noble started in the circle for
Washington and no-hit the Ducks through the first
innings, allowing only one baserunner when she hit
Beth Boskovich with a pitch in the first inning.
striking out Kristi Leiter to begin the seventh, she
pitched herself into trouble by walking Boskovich
Ashley Richards. Sabol then lined the first pitch
Noble off the foul pole in left field to give Duck
starter Amy Harris all the offense she needed.
went the distance for the Ducks to record her eighth
shutout of the season and improve to 17-13. She
allowed five hits and five walks, while striking out
Noble threw her 12th complete game of the
but suffered the tough luck loss to drop to 14-8.
allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, while
striking out eight.
The Huskies had a couple opportunities to get
Harris. In the third they had runners at first and
second on an infield single by Ashley Charters and a
walk to Aimee Minor but Harris struck out Sarah
swinging to end the inning. Then in the sixth, Minor
led off with a ground single to center, advanced to
second on a sacrifice and went to third on a
to first. Lauren Greer then walked to give the
Huskies runners at first and third but got thrown
attempting to steal second.
With the win the Ducks improved to 7-13 in the
Pac-10 and 34-22 overall while the Huskies dropped
9-11 and 30-20. The two teams completed the regular
season on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Prior to the
game the Huskies honored six seniors making
their final home appearance: Callie Bergan, Ashley
Boek, Kathy Fiske, Kirsten L'Heureux, Kristen Rivera.
and Jessic Wilkinson.
Then on Sunday, May 15 the Huskies awaited
their destination as ESPNews announced the field of
teams for the upcoming NCAA tournament between 4:30
and 5 p.m.
Alex Vlaski defeated Wessel Kemp 6-3,6-2 to
clinch the match as the 12th ranked Huskies began
NCAA men's tennis tournament with a 4-0 shutout of
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in first round action at
Quillian Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Playing their first ever postseason match at
home, the Huskies wasted no time getting on the
against Oral Roberts as they took the doubles point.
At #2, the senior duo of Vlaski and Christoph
Palmanshofer easily dispatched Cuan Farquharson and
Tyronne Hill 8-2. At #3 Andy Kuharszky and Michael Ricks wrapped up doubles with an 8-3 win over Craig
Dunne and Clemons Geercken. The Huskies' top pair of
Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu led Kemp and Adam Ehrlich
6-4 in #1 doubles when their match got halted.
In singles, Slovic, playing at #3, routed
Farquharson 6-1,6-0 to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead
Ricks made it 3-0 with a 6-1,6-1 win over Ehrlich at
#6. That left the decisive point on court one in the
top singles match between Vlaski and Kemp. Vlaski
Kemp looked like they would have a competitive match
as in the opening game of the first set, the two
players battled for 12 points before Vlaski broke
Kemp's serve with a forehand return winner.
Unfortunately Vlaski could not take advantage of the
break as Kemp broke him right back for 1-1. Vlaski
then broke Kemp twice, at love in the third game and
again in the ninth game to take the set. He had
set points on Kemp's serve but a pair of unforced
errors and a service winner brought the game back to
deuce. After a double fault by Kemp gave Vlaski
another set point he cashed it in with a crosscourt
backhand passing shot winner. In the second set,
Vlaski held serve twice and broke Wessel for a 3-0
lead, and was never threatened. With Wessel serving
stay in the match at 2-5 in the set, Vlaski took a
0-40 lead on a trio of unforced errors by Kemp and
closed out the match with a backhand return winner
With the victory the Huskies improved to 19-4
and advanced to face USC (12-12) in a second round
Quillian Stadium on Saturday
afternoon. The 21st ranked Trojans reserved their
second round appointment with the Huskies with a 4-1
win over 44th ranked SMU in the opening match at
Quillian Stadium on Friday morning.
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