Gonzaga 16, Washington 1

David Johnson and Gordon Corder each had three hits and a home run to power the Gonzaga Bulldogs to a 16-1 rout over Washington before 493 fans on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

One day after getting 17 hits in a 13-2 victory over the Huskies, Gonzaga wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Husky starting pitcher Clay Johnson.

Leadoff batter Eric Rodland got hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a two out double to right center by Corder, with Corder scoring on a single by David Johnson. The Bulldogs added two runs in the third as David Johnson followed a leadoff single by Nick Froman with a two run homer, his second of the season and second in as many days.

The Bulldogs then broke the game open in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs against Husky reliever David Dowling, on a bases loaded two run single by Jeff Culpepper, an RBI ground rule double by Corder, and a two run double by Johnson.

Gonzaga then took a 15-0 lead with five runs in the sixth against third Husky pitcher Brian Carter. Corder followed Culpepper's leadoff single with a two run homer to left, his first of the season. Carter forced home another run when he hit Rodland with the bases loaded, and the final two runs scored when shortstop Tila Reynolds committed the first error by a Husky infielder this season, allowing an apparent, routine inning ending ground ball by Froman to get through his legs.

The Huskies finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Reynolds led off with a infield single and scored two outs later on a single by Mike Wagner.

Their best chance to get to Gonzaga starter Eric Dworkis came in the first inning as they put two runners aboard, on singles by Greg Isaacson and Wagner. However, Dworkis struck out Jefferson Thiel swinging on three pitches to end the threat. Then, after allowing a single by designated hitter Nick Batkoski in the second, Dworkis retired 11 consecutive batters before Reynolds reached safely in the sixth.

Dworkis pitched seven innings of one run ball, allowing only five hits, to earn his first victory of the season. Clay Johnson suffered the loss for the Huskies to drop to 1-2, lasting only three innings and allowing four runs on six hits.

For the season, the Bulldogs improved to 2-4 and won their second consecutive game after losing four straight to begin the 2003 campaign, while the Huskies lost their fourth straight game to drop to 3-5. The Huskies look to salvage the finale of the three game series when they host Gonzaga at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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