No-hitter caps off stunning sweep

Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadone combined to pitch the first no hitter in the history of Husky Ballpark as the host Huskies completed a sweep of the Santa Clara Broncos with a 9-0 whitewash Sunday afternoon.

Only 541 fans turned out on a magnificent day to see the first Husky no hitter since 1958 and only the fourth in the recorded annals.

Lincecum rebounded from his first loss of the season against San Diego on Tuesday, March 7 to pitch six innings and improve to 4-1. He recorded five of the first six outs by strikeout and fanned 11 overall. He walked seven. After throwing 119 pitches head coach Ken Knutson brought in left hander Nick Hagadone for relief and he responded with three perfect innings to earn his third save of the season. Hagadone struck out four, including the last two batters in the ninth looking.

Lincecum's lack of control gave the Broncos a couple opportunities to score, as he walked two in the second and walked the bases loaded in the third. However, he pitched himself out of trouble both times, striking out the side in the second and getting a strikeout and fly out to end the third. For the Broncos, ace Matt Wickswat (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out three.

Matt Stevens homered twice for the second straight game to lead the offense as the Huskies concluded a three game pounding of Santa Clara pitching with three more home runs and 11 hits. For the series Washington scored 38 runs on 41 hits and hit seven homers.

The Huskies got all the offense they would need against Wickswat in the second when they scored five runs. Curt Rindal led off with a double and Zach Clem singled just over the glove of second baseman Eric Newton to put runners on at first and third. Kyle Conley plated Rindal with the first run when he doubled into the left field corner. Stevens then gave the Huskies a 4-0 lead when he drilled a 2-2 Wickswat pitch over the wall in right center for his seventh homer of the season. Danny Cox scored the final run of the inning when he walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout by Nick Burnham and came home on a groundout by Ryan Anderson.

Rindal made it 6-0 Huskies in the fifth with a solo homer, his fourth, over the 365 marker in right field.

Washington added a run in the sixth to make it 7-0 when Conley walked, moved to second on a base hit by Stevens, took third on a sacrifice by Cox and scored on a groundout by Burnham.

In the eighth, after Cory Rickard legged out a double into the right field corner, Stevens capped the scoring with his second homer of the game and eighth of the season when he hit a monstrous blast on the first pitch from reliever Jeff Lombard well over the wall in left center.
Washington 15, Santa Clara 13

Curt Rindal hit a tiebreaking two run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap a four run rally as the Huskies came back from a six run deficit to stun Santa Clara 15-13 in a wild non conference affair at Husky Ballpark Saturday.

With the win the Huskies improved to 14-5 while Santa Clara dropped to 10-9. The Huskies also won their second consecutive slugfest over the Broncos following a 14-10 win on Friday. Thus far in the series the teams have combined for 52 runs on 55 hits, including ten home runs. After hitting four long balls on Friday, the Broncos added a pair on Saturday afternoon, while the Huskies got four, a pair from Matt Stevens and one each from Rindal and Matt Hague.

"Our guys are really starting to hit and the wind was blowing out," UW Head Coach Ken Knutson said of the offensive outburst espite the chilly elements.

Trailing 13-11 going into the bottom of the eighth, Jake Rife began the Huskies' rally with a leadoff single against third Bronco pitcher Mark Willinsky (1-1). Andy Lentz and Hague walked to load the bases. After Matt Lane fouled out to third baseman Ryan Conan for the first out, Zach Clem blooped a single to shallow left to plate Rife and Lentz with the tying runs. Rindal then stepped up to bat and drove an 0-1 pitch from Willinsky into the center field screen for his third home run of the season and a 15-13 lead.

Santa Clara got two runners on base in the ninth but Husky closer Elliott Cribby got Gabe Alcantar to fly out to right to end the game and record his seventh save of the season. Nick Hagadone (1-0), who faced two batters in the eighth, won his first decision of the season.

Washington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Hague reached on a fielder's choice, took second on a wild pitch by Bronco starter Justin Kuehn, moved to third on a single by Lane, and scored on Kuehn's second wild pitch of the inning.

Stevens made it 2-0 Huskies with a two out solo homer, his fifth of the season, over the 385 marker in center. Washington went up 3-0 in the bottom of the third as Rife took second on an error by Alcantar, moved to third on a groundout by Lentz, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hague.

The Broncos got their first run of the game in the top of the fourth when Brady Fuerst drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single by Matt Long, and scored when Alcantar grounded into a double play.

The Broncos then got four runs on two home runs against Husky starter Tyler Cheney in the top of the fifth to go up 5-3. With one out Kris Watts hit his first homer of the season into the center field screen. Back to back singles by Daniel Nava and Conan brought Michael Lange up to the plate, and he hit what looked like a routine fly ball to right, but the wind pushed the ball just over the wall for Lange's first home run of the season.

The Huskies immediately regained the lead at 7-5 with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. They loaded the bases on an infield single by Stevens and walks to Danny Cox and Lentz. Hague singled to plate Stevens and then Lane lined an opposite field three run double to left center.

The Broncos erupted for eight runs in the top of the sixth against relievers Brandon McKerney and Geoff Nichols to take a 13-7 lead. A bases loaded walk and a hit batter forced in two runs and tied the game. A sacrifice fly by Lange gave the Broncos an 8-7 lead. Back to back doubles by Fuerst and Long plated three more runs, and the final two runs came home on a double by Eric Newton.

From that point the Huskies used the long ball to get back into the game. Three runs scored on Hague's first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth. Cox doubled off the first base bag and Rife got hit by a pitch. Then with one out Hague smacked a 2-0 pitch from Daniel DeMarco over the 365 marker in right center. Stevens made it 13-11 Broncos with his second long ball of the game and sixth of the season, a solo shot into the screen in center.

For the game, Hague went 2 for 3 with a home run, four runs scored and five runs batted in. Stevens went 3 for 5 with two homers, three runs scored and three RBI.
With the Sunday no-no, the Huskies recorded their second home sweep of the season and improved their home record to 6-1. They also upped their season mark to 15-5. After taking final exams for a week, they return to action when Cal Poly comes to Husky Ballpark for a three game series from March 18-20.

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