Garthwaite, UW too much for BYU

Junior Jay Garthwaite connected for two triples and a homerun Thursday afternoon to lead a 13-hit Husky attack as Washington ended a two-game skid with a 15-8 thrashing of the BYU Cougars at a rain-drenched Husky Ballpark.

Garthwaite came to the plate in the eighth inning only a double shy of the cycle as Washington held a four-run lead, and belted a towering fly ball to center field.

Cougar centerfielder Doug Jackson raced backwards and looked up as he watched the ball hit high off the wall. Garthwaite flew around the bases, passing his chance at the cycle, and ended up at third base with a stand-up triple.

Washington (9-7) took an early 4-0 lead with two runs in both the second and third innings, spotting their ace of the staff, Shawn Kohn, with a lead that seemed all but unsurmountable.

Coming into the game, Kohn had allowed only three earned runs in 30 innings of work this season. But true to the unique nature of baseball, that didn't matter today as the Cougars stormed back with a scoring barrage in the fourth inning.

BYU's first five batters in the inning scored, leaving the Huskies behind 5-4 after a two-run homerun by Dave Jensen capped the scoring. The Cougar lead was short-lived, however.

Washington batted around in the bottom half of the inning, scoring seven runs on five hits to retake command of the game. The inning included a sight extremely rare in baseball, three consecutive triples.

Freshman Kyle Larsen legged out the first one on a ball ripped into the gap in right-center. Then Bryan Johnson came to the plate and belted another ball in the power alley for the second three-bagger. That brought up Garthwaite, who delivered his first of his two triples on the night on a deep fly ball to right-center.

With the Huskies back on top 11-5, Kohn regained his composure and pitched four more innings. Each team scored a run in the seventh, making it 12-6, before another two-run bomb by Jensen in the eighth made it a 12-8 ballgame.

Kohn's pitching line was by far his worst of the season. He gave up seven earned runs in eight innings of work, but the righty-hander moved to a flawless 5-0 on the year regardless.

The Huskies tacked on three in the eighth to cap their scoring, and freshman reliever Josh Conover came on in the ninth to close the door, recording two strikeouts in the process.

BYU starter Jeff Stone lasted only three innings and gave up seven runs, dropping to 0-3 for the season.

Every Husky starter scored a run in the game.

Game Notes:

Up Next: The Huskies face BYU again Friday for a 3 p.m. start time. The third and final game in the BYU series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Mixing it Up: After losing its last two games in the UC Riverside series, Husky Head Coach Ken Knutson radically altered his lineup today. Michael Done returned to his third base spot that the manned all of last season, moving over to the hot-corner from second.

Seldom used Greg Isaacson started at second and recorded his first hit of his college career, a two-out, two-run double in the second inning. Jay Garthwaite moved over to centerfield from his normal spot in left, while Mike Wagner took over in the vacated spot. Garthwaite responded with four hits and Wagner added two more. Top Stories