Friday the 13th Tripleheader

Dallas Buck pitched a three hit shutout to lead the third ranked Oregon State Beavers to a 7-0 win over Washington at Husky Ballpark in the opener of an important three game series on Friday night. This was one of three events going on at Montlake.

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 the bottom of the sixth on a soft single to left by Taylor Johnson.

The Beavers broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the seventh. Mike Lissman grounded a single to 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 first to third. The Beavers then put the game away with four runs against Brandon McKerney in the top of the ninth.

The Huskies had a chance to get on the board against Buck in the bottom of the ninth as Matt Hague and Larsen singled and pinch hitter Cory Rickard walked to load the bases. Matt Lane came up to pinch hit against Buck but struck out on three pitches to end the game.

With the win the Beavers improved to 15-4 in the 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 scoreless 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 six innings, allowing only one baserunner when she hit Beth Boskovich with a pitch in the first inning. However, after striking out Kristi Leiter to begin the seventh, she pitched herself into trouble by walking Boskovich and Ashley Richards. Sabol then lined the first pitch from Noble off the foul pole in left field to give Duck starter Amy Harris all the offense she needed. Harris 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 eight.

Noble threw her 12th complete game of the season but suffered the tough luck loss to drop to 14-8. She allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out eight.

The Huskies had a couple opportunities to get to 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 Hyatt 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 groundout to first. Lauren Greer then walked to give the Huskies runners at first and third but got thrown out 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 to 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 64 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 the NCAA men's tennis tournament with a 4-0 shutout of the 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 board 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 and 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 and 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 three 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 to 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 at Kemp's feet.

With the victory the Huskies improved to 19-4 and advanced to face USC (12-12) in a second round match at 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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