Washington defeats Arizona 7-5

Tim Lincecum set a new all time career Washington record for wins with his 28th as the Huskies beat Arizona 7-5 in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.

1,646 fans gave the Huskies one of their biggest home crowds in the last few seasons and saw the Husky ace break the win record of 27 he previously shared with Mike Smith (1978-1980)and improve his 2006 mark to 10-2. As he continues to rewrite the Husky pitching records, Lincecum needs only one more win to tie Shawn Kohn (2002) and Jake Kringen (1997) for the single season mark of 11. Against the Wildcats he pitched eight innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out 11. He recorded his eighth double digit strikeout performance of the season and raised his season total to 151, only 10 short of matching his own Husky season record set in 2004. He also has 443 career strikeouts, just six short of Rik Currier's Pac-10 record of 449.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second on a leadoff home run by Bill Rhinehart, his third, a line shot over the wall in right center field.

The Huskies answered the Arizona tally with two runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs Ryan Anderson doubled inside the third base line and scored on a single to left by Matt Stevens. Danny Cox reached on catcher's interference against Konrad Schmidt, one of three errors committed by the Arizona catcher in the game, to put runners at first and second. Brett Kaluza then lined a single to left to put the Huskies up 2-1.

Arizona came back to tie the game at 2 immediately in the top of the third. Brad Boyer walked, advanced to third on a single to center by Colt Sedbrook and scored on an infield single to short by Jason Donald.

As they did in the second the Huskies answered the Wildcats' run with one of their own, capitalizing on some sloppy Arizona defense to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Hague reached on an infield single, and moved all the way to third on two errors by the Wildcats on the same play. He took second when Donald, who had no chance to throw him out, threw the ball past first. Then when Schmidt, backing up the play, threw the ball into the outfield, Hague took third. He then scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Curt Rindal.

After a scoreless fourth, the two teams traded runs again in the fifth, with Washington holding a run advantage at 4-3. In the Arizona half, Brad Boyer stole home on the front end of a double steal to tie the game but the Huskies regained the lead in their half of the inning on a triple by Kaluza and a sacrifice fly to center by Hague.

The Huskies scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-3 lead. Stevens led off with a towering solo homer well over the wall in left, his 13th. Then Danny Cox doubled down the right field line and Kaluza laid down a perfect bunt for a hit. After Jake Rife grounded out and Hague struck out, Zach Clem grounded a double down the left field line to score Cox and Kaluza.

Arizona got a run back in the eighth when Donald took second on a two base throwing error by Lincecum, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Glenn. The Wildcats then scored a run in the top of the ninth against Richie Lentz, who regained his closer role with Elliott Cribby's move into the Husky rotation. Brad Boyer doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Sedbrook. Despite giving up the run and two hits Lentz got his first save.

Preston Guilmet started on the mound for Arizona and suffered the loss to drop to 2-6. He gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight.

With the win the Huskies moved over the .500 mark in Pac-10 play for the first time this season at 7-6, and upped their overall record to 29-15. The Wildcats dropped to 5-8 and 19-21.

The two teams resume the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and play the finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Husky Ballpark.

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