UW Diamond Dawgs take the series

Greg Isaacson and Jay Garthwaite hit three run home runs to highlight a seven run fifth inning and power the Huskies to a 9-5 victory over UCLA on a sunny but blustery Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

With the victory in the finale of the three game set with the Bruins, the Huskies improved to 22-20-1 overall and took the series two games to one. They also won their fourth consecutive Pac-10 series, previously taking two of three from Washington State and Stanford at home and sweeping California on the road. More importantly, the Huskies improved to 10-5 in the conference and moved to within one game of first place USC with a big three game showdown against the Trojans in Los Angeles on May 10, 11 and 12.

Leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, Taylor Johnson led off with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball by Bruin catcher Josh Arhart. Tila Reynolds then walked to force UCLA starting pitcher Doug Silva out of the game. Bruin coach Gary Adams brought in left handed reliever Dan Reid to face Isaacson. On a 2-2 delivery from Reid, Isaacson hit a monstrous shot over the right field wall for his first career home run and a 5-1 Husky lead. After the long ball by Isaacson, Adams removed Reid in favor of right hander Wade Clark, who faced three Husky batters and did not retire any of them. He walked Aaron Hathaway and Kyle Larsen and gave up a run scoring double to Tyler Davidson. After Kyle Wilson, the fourth Bruin pitcher, got John Otness to ground out to third baseman Brandon Averill, Garthwaite capped the inning with his 11th home run of the season, a wind aided fly ball that just did clear the wall in right field. Isaacson, batting leadoff for the second consecutive game, gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when he singled to center to score Michael Done. Arhart tied the game for the Bruins in the top of the fourth with his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field. Garthwaite put the Huskies back on top in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly to left to score Larsen. UCLA scored the final four runs of the game to make the score more respectable. Arhart made it 9-3 Huskies with his second home run of the game and seventh of the season, a two run shot to left center field. The Bruins made it 9-4 in the seventh on a fielder's choice and scored their final run in the ninth on a solo home run into the screen by Averill, his fifth of the season.

On the mound, Clay Johnson started for the Huskies and improved to 2-1, going the distance for his second complete game of the season, allowing the five Bruin runs on 11 hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. He also held UCLA freshman All-America candidate Wes Whisler to only a harmless single in the eighth, after the Bruins' two way player lit up the Huskies in the first two games, going 6 for 9 with three home runs, three doubles, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Silva, making only his second start of the season for UCLA dropped to 0-3, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two.

Prior to their visit to USC, the Huskies play a two game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark against the Portland Pilots on Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, with game 1 scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and game 2 scheduled for 4 p.m. The Huskies shut out the Pilots 10-0 in Portland in their only game earlier this season, on March 5.

NOTES: The Huskies aim to improve their all-time record against the Trojans when they travel to Dedeauix Field. They have won only four of 26 meetings with the Trojans, but two of those wins came in a three game series at Husky Ballpark in 2001. After losing the opener 5-1, the Huskies won the next two games 7-6 and 7-3.

Ace Shawn Kohn will start the opener of the series on Friday, with Sean White and Clay Johnson to follow in Games 2 and 3.

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