In the process, the Bruins roughed up Husky ace Shawn Kohn, getting 13 hits and all of their offensive output in seven and two thirds innings against the Husky right-hander.
UCLA put a run on the board in the first inning as Rashad Parker
singled with one out, advanced to third on a double by Wes Whisler, and
scored on a groundout by Josh Arhart. The Bruins added another run in the
second when Nick Lyon belted his second home run of the season over the left
field wall. Lyon accounted for the Bruins' third run in the fourth, as he
doubled, moved to third on a base hit by Ryan McCarthy, and scored on a
ground out to second by Matt Thayer. Wes Whisler gave the Bruins a 4-0
lead in the fifth when he smacked the first pitch he saw from Kohn over the
left field fence for his ninth home run of the season.
UCLA then put the game away with four runs in the eighth
inning. Arhart and Brandon Averill singled with one out and Adam Berry
doubled down the right field line to score Arhart. After Kohn intentionally
walked Lyon to load the bases and set up a force at any base, McCarthy
plated Averill with a sacrifice fly to center. Thayer then put the game
away for the Bruins with a single over the glove of third baseman Michael
Done to score Berry and Lyon and make it 8-0.
Junior right fielder Tyler Davidson accounted for the Huskies'
only offense in the game. In the fourth, he singled to left for Washington's
first hit of the contest, a line drive that Thayer could not see as the sun
blinded him in left field. Davidson then led off the seventh inning with a
double off the stripe on the left field fence. Despite no outs and Davidson
at second, the Huskies could not bring him home. Jay Garthwaite and Bryan
Johnson lined out to center field and Mike Wagner struck out.
After retiring the Huskies in order in the eighth and Tila Reynolds and Done
for the first two outs in the ninth, only Davidson stood in the way of
Kunes' first shutout of the season. After looking at three balls and a
strike and fouling off three more pitches, Davidson connected on the next
pitch and drove it over the fence in left center field for his seventh home
run and the Huskies' only run of the game.
With his complete game effort Kunes improved his record to 7-3,
allowing only one walk in addition to Davidson's three hits while striking
out seven. Kohn dropped to 9-3 with the loss.
For the season, the Huskies dropped to 8-5 in the Pac-10 and 20-20-1
overall, while UCLA improved to 6-7 in conference play and 21-26 overall.
The two teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon
at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark, with Sean White (3-2, 5.47 ERA) scheduled to
take the mound for the Huskies and Wes Whisler (4-2, 3.82) for the Bruins.
Fans can either watch the game on television courtesy of Fox Sports Net, or
listen to the game on 1150 AM KKNW.
BASEBALL: UW 1, UCLA 8
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