Every Husky starter scored or drove in a run as the Huskies recorded their second consecutive 10-0 victory over the Pilots, after winning by the identical score in Portland on March 5. The Huskies also improved their overall record to 23-20-1, while the Pilots dropped to 21-24.
Washington wasted no time staking freshman starting pitcher David
Dowling to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Greg Isaacson doubled down
the right field line and Aaron Hathaway singled, putting runners at first and third,
before Larsen drove in Isaacson with a sacrifice fly to right. Hathaway then stole
second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Portland starter Brule Speck, and scored
when John Otness lined a two out double over the head of left fielder Matt Allen.
The Huskies continued to rough Speck up in the second inning, taking a
5-0 lead with three runs. Michael Done walked, moved to second on a grounder by
Taylor Johnson and scored on a single to center by Tila Reynolds. Reynolds stole
second and made it 4-0 when shortstop Travis Hanson threw Hathaway's routine ground
ball past first baseman and former Husky Matt Hollod into the Husky dugout. After
advancing to second on the error, Larsen grounded a single into right field to plate
Washington added a run in the fourth against the third Portland pitcher
Matt Coleman on back to back doubles by Larsen and Tyler Davidson. The Huskies
then used the long ball to plate two more runs in the bottom of the fifth against
Trevor Hahn. With one out, Jay Garthwaite made it 7-0 with a solo home run over the
365 marker in left field, his 12th of the season, and with two outs, Taylor Johnson
stroked his second homer of the season, an opposite field shot to left center, to
give the Huskies an 8-0 cushion.
Washington then added another run in the sixth on a double by Larsen and
a single by Tyle Davidson, and reached double digits in the bottom of the eighth
when Brandon Jacobson drew a bases loaded walk from Brad Stewart, the sixth Portland
pitcher, forcing in Ben Johnson.
Dowling earned the victory on the mound for Washington to improve to 2-3,
allowing only three hits in his four innings of work with no walks and four
strikeouts. The Huskies then gave three other freshmen some time on the mound. Will
Fenton followed Dowling in the fifth and sixth innings, allowing one hit and one
walk with one strikeout. Jamie Hawkins pitched the seventh, fanning two batters and
Josh Conover pitched a scoreless eighth. Junior closer Tyler Shepple finished the
whitewashing in the ninth, striking out two.
Speck suffered the loss for Portland to drop to 1-2, allowing five runs,
although only three were earned, on five hits and one walk with no strikeouts.
The Huskies and Portland conclude their brief two game series on
Wednesday afternoon at Husky Ballpark, with the first pitch from senior left hander
Zack Daniels scheduled for 4 p.m. After a day off on Thursday, the Huskies resume
their Pac-10 conference schedule with a three game series and a showdown for first
place in the Pac-10 against USC at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. Currently the
Huskies stand in second place with a 10-5 conference record, while the Trojans lead
with an 11-4 record. All three games will air on 1150 AM KKNW, with game 1 scheduled
for 6 p.m. on Friday, game 2 for 3 p.m. on Saturday, and the finale for 1 p.m. on
Sunday. Shawn Kohn will start the opener, with Sean White and Clay Johnson to
BASEBALL: UW 10, PORTLAND 0
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