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
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.
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
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.
No-hitter caps off stunning sweep
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