Washington 6, #17 Arizona State 4

Tim Lincecum pitched a seven hitter for his fourth complete game of the season as the Huskies took their first step toward a possible postseason berth with a 6-4 win over #17 Arizona State in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

With the win, the Huskies improved to 8-11 in conference and 29-21 overall, while the Sun Devils dropped to 11-8 and 30-21.

619 fans showed up on a mostly cloudy and breezy evening to watch Lincecum come through with a terrific 166 pitch effort in perhaps his final home start as a Husky since he is eligible for the major league draft in June. In going the distance, he improved to 7-6, allowing four runs on seven hits with seven walks. He struck out 13.

He struck out the side in the first, getting Colin Curtis, Travis Buck and Tuffy Gosewisch looking. Arizona State got to Lincecum in the second as Jeff Larish singled and Zechry Zinicola drove a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall by the flagpole to give the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead. Then in the fifth, Curtis walked,moved to second on a sacrifice by Buck, and scored on a ground single to right by Larish. On the play Curtis just beat the tag of catcher Joey Dunn on a great throw by Matt Hague to the plate. The Sun Devils got their final run against Lincecum in the top of the seventh as Buck scored on a bases loaded walk to pinch hitter Rocky Laguna.

By the time the Sun Devils scored in the fifth and the seventh, Lincecum's teammates already gave him all six runs, scoring four in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fourth. In the third, Mike Rundle led off with a walk, Taylor Johnson singled, and Brent Lillibridge lined a double into a left center field to score Rundle and make it 2-1 in favor of the Sun Devils. Zach Clem singled to left center field on a 3-2 pitch from Erik Averill,scoring Johnson and Lillibridge and giving the Huskies a 3-2 lead. Nick Batkoski gave the Huskies their fourth run with a single to right, scoring Clem.

The Huskies got their final two runs, and what proved to be the difference, in the fourth as Clem singled with two outs, stole second and scored on double down the right field line by Hague. Batkoski then singled to score Hague to make it 6-2.

The 3-4-5 batters in the lineup accounted for nine of Washington's 13 hits. Clem had three hits in four at bats with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Hague went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Batkoski finished 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Averill suffered the loss on the mound for Arizona State to drop to 8-4. He gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in two plus innings. He struck out 2. After allowing the first four batters in the third to reach base, head coach Pat Murphy yanked him in favor of Pat Bresnehan. The Huskies roughed him up as well, getting to him for two runs on six hits in two innings.

The two teams return to Husky Ballpark for the middle game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Senior left hander David Dowling will start for the Huskies, with junior right hander Tony Barnette taking the mound for the Sun Devils.

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