UW 6, USC 0

Jason Erickson and Nick Hagadone combined on a three hitter as the Huskies shut out the USC Trojans 6-0 in the finale of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon. With the win the Huskies improved to 20-18 and evened their Pac-10 record at 6-6 while the Trojans dropped to 21-20 and 4-8.

Erickson started on the mound for the Huskies and allowed only two harmless singles through the first four innings, but got into trouble in the fifth. With two outs, Hector Estrella doubled into the right field corner and Mike O'Neill walked. Coach Ken Knutson went to his bullpen and brought in Hagadone his closer.

Hagdone got Nick Buss to hit a grounder to third baseman Aaron Russell, who stepped on the bag to force Estrella for the final out of the inning.

Hagadone retired the Trojans in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Then in the ninth he walked leadoff batter Grant Green, but came back to strike out Matt Cusick and get J.J. Owen to pop out to second baseman Doug Cherry in foul territory. Lucas Duda then hit a line drive that shortstop Brian Pearl should have caught for the final out of the game, but he dropped it for an error, giving USC runners at second and first.

Hagadone however seemed unfazed, getting Robert Stock to ground out to second for the last out. Hagadone got the win to improve to 5-1. He allowed only the one walk and struck out two. In his four and two thirds innings Erickson allowed only three hits with one walk, just his second of the season, and struck out one.

Michael Burgher led the Husky offense, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. He scored the first run of the game after leading off the bottom of the fourth win a single, advancing to third on a double by Matt Hague, and coming home when Ty Rasmussen grounded into a fielder's choice.

Then Burgher highlighted a four run fifth inning with a two out, two run double to left field to score Pearl and Cherry after battling Trojan starter Anthony Vasquez through a nine pitch at-bat. Following Burgher's clutch hit, Hague walked and Rasmussen lined a single to left to plate Burgher and make it 4-0. Curt Rindal then drove in Hague with a double over the head of Buss in right center field.

In the sixth Burgher scored the Huskies' final run when he grounded a single into center and scored on a bases loaded fielder's choice by Joey Lind.

In addition to his stellar day at the plate Burgher also displayed some fine glovework in center field. He made a fine over the shoulder catch on a line drive by Duda into left center for the last out in the top of the fourth, and then in the sixth, raced in from deep center to make a fine running catch on a flare to shallow center by Stock.

For the Trojans Vasquez suffered the loss to drop to 2-6. He gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits and a walk in four and two thirds innings. He struck out three.

After a day off on Monday the Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for an exhibition game against British Columbia on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. and then hit the road for a three game non conference series at Utah Valley State Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28.

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