Lincecum allowed only two hits and one walk in his first complete game of the season and second career shutout to improve to 6-2. His first shutout came in a 1-0, two hitter in seven innings at Texas A&M on February 27, 2005, and his previous single game career high for strikeouts came on March 12, 2004 against Loyola Marymount at Husky Ballpark and was then equaled on February 17, 2006 at Cal-State Northridge. Lincecum also raised his season total to 95 and extended the Husky career strikeout record to 387.
665 fans turned out on an overcast evening to see Lincecum begin his record setting night by striking out the first seven batters, many with fastballs clocked at 97 or 98 miles per hour. He struck out the side in the first, second and seventh and one batter in every inning. He fanned 15 batters swinging and three looking and did not allow a ball out of the infield until Sean Smith sent left fielder Zach Clem to the wall to haul in his fly ball for the first out of the eighth inning.
Ryan Babineau accounted for both Bruin hits, the first on a bunt in the top of the sixth to break up what had been a no-hitter and the second on a clean line drive to right field in the eighth.
"Tim was awesome at Texas A&M and that was the best he's been but tonight he probably surpassed that," Husky head Coach Ken Knutson said after the game. "His stuff is just over the top. He ranks right up there with Mark Prior as the best I've seen in the Pac-10. Prior had a bit more control - he would walk 20 and strike out 200, but if Tim can cut down on his walks, look out. He's a super talent and will be a super pro."
The Huskies gave Lincecum the only offense he would need with a run in the second. Curt Rindal led off with a double down the left field line and
advanced to third on a wild pitch to Zach Clem, who eventually walked. Kyle Conley then singled to plate Rindal and put Washington on top 1-0.
They made it 4-0 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bradley Boyer doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Matt Lane. Rindal then drove a monstrous shot over the scoreboard in left field on the first pitch from Bruin starter Hector Ambriz for a two run homer, his fifth of the season.
Washington added an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth when third baseman Brett McMillan dropped Matt Lane's pop up for an error. Lane moved to second on a walk to Rindal, took third when Clem grounded into a double play and scored on a wild pitch, the Bruins' fourth of the game, by reliever Daniel Miltenberger.
Ambriz suffered the loss on the mound for the Bruins to even his record at 4-4. He went seven innings, allowing five runs, four earned on seven
hits and five walks. He struck out nine.
With the victory the Huskies evened their Pac-10 mark at 2-2 and improved to 19-10 overall. The Bruins, who came into the game with 10 wins in their previous 12 games, dropped their Pac-10 opener to fall to 0-1 and 15-12 overall.
The two teams continue the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m., with Tyler Cheney scheduled to take the mound for the Huskies and Dave Huff for UCLA. They will conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. with Tyson Brummett on the mound for UCLA against a Husky starter to be determined.
Lincecum breaks record
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