BASEBALL: UW 10, PORTLAND 0

Kyle Larsen went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI to lead a balanced attack as the Huskies shut out Portland 10-0 in non-conference baseball action at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday evening.

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 Hathaway.

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 follow.

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