Diamond Dawgs Cruise in Home Opener

Senior right-hander Shawn Kohn tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and allowed only one run in seven innings of work as the Washington Husky baseball team won easily ,11-2 ,over the Utah Utes Friday night in their home opener at Husky Ballpark.

Kohn (3-0) struck out at least two batters in four different innings, even striking out the side in the third as all three Utes batters left the bat on their shoulder while the third strike sailed by. Only six Utah batters reached base while Kohn was on the mound.

Utah's lone run off the Woodinville High School product came on a solo homerun in the seventh inning by Matt Ciaramella.

After scoring in the first inning in each of its last five contests, the Huskies didn't score until the second tonight. Center fielder Brandon Jacobsen started the Washington (6-3) scoring with a single that scored freshman Kyle Larsen and sophomore John Otness.

That was just the beginning of the Washington scoring.

The Diamond Dawgs added two more an inning later off the bat of designated hitter Bryan Johnson, who turned around a fastball at eye-level and sent it over the right field wall that plated right fielder Tyler Davidson.

Johnson, a junior who struggled to find consistency at the plate in 2001, is off to a hot start in 2002. He came into the game batting .387 before his 1-3 performance at the plate tonight.

Two more runs in the fourth off of Utes starter Jason Wylie (3-2) forced Utah Head Coach Tim Esmay to get some action going in the bullpen, and Wylie could only last through the inning before giving away to relief.

Sean Overholt came in for a scoreless fifth before Clay Westmoreland entered the game in the sixth and was rudely welcomed by the Husky batsmen. The right-handed freshman was tagged with four earned runs to make it a 10-0 game after giving up four hits and two walks in his lone inning of work.

Utah (8-8) releivers Dan Owen and Dan Simonsen teamed to give up only one run in the final two innings against a Husky lineup consisting of mostly reserves.

Jacobsen and shortstop Tila Reynolds led the Huskies with two hits apiece.

Player of the Game: Shawn Kohn, who came into the game on fire, continued to stymie batters. His nasty slider gave the Utes batters fits all game, and in seven innings of work Kohn tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

Play of the Game: Johnson's majestic two-run homer to right field in the third inning made it a 4-0 game, giving Kohn and company all the support they needed.

Up Next: Washington and Utah continue the three-game series this weekend with 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and Sunday.

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