Washington 9, Cal-State Northridge 2

Senior right hander Sean White pitched seven strong innings as the Huskies won their eighth consecutive game with a 9-2 victory over the Cal-State Northridge Matadors. The Friday night game was the opener of a three game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark this weekend.

White pitched a perfect game through the first six innings, facing 18 Matador batters and not allowing any to reach base. He only went to a three ball count on one batter, the Matadors' John Voita, in the first inning before getting him to ground out to Tila Reynolds at shortstop, and also did not allow the Matadors to hit a single ball in play out of the infield.

After going to a 2-1 count on leadoff batter Keith Bowman, it looked as if White would retire Bowman on a routine ground ball to first baseman Kyle Larsen, but the ball struck first base and bounced over Larsen's head. Second baseman Greg Isaacson fielded the ball, but by the time Isaacson threw to White, Bowman had already reached first safely.

White then seemed to lose his concentration, as the next batter, Mark McCauley singled to center and then White hit Voita with a pitch to load the bases. Cleanup batter Michael Paulk then singled to left to score Bowman and McCauley with the Matadors' only runs of the game.

White earned the victory to improve his record to 2-3, throwing exactly 100 pitches in seven innings and allowing two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Husky coach Ken Knutson brought in right hander Josh Conover to mop up in relief for White, and after allowing the first two batters he faced to reach safely, Conover retired the Matadors in order.

Left-hander Eddy Camacho made his first career start for Cal-State Northridge and suffered the loss to drop to 1-5 as he bore the brunt of a balanced Husky offensive attack, allowing 12 hits and five runs in only five innings of work, while walking four and striking out seven.

After defeating Cal-State Northridge in a 21-10 slugfest on March 1 at the Clash of Conferences tournament in Lancaster, California, the Huskies wasted no time resuming where they left off in that contest, scoring in the first four innings on Friday.

They took a 1-0 lead in the first as Justin Drake chopped a single high off the Astroturf around home plate, Larsen singled, and after a walk to Chad Boudon loaded the bases, Taylor Johnson singled to score Drake.

Washington made it 2-0 in the second as Drake lined a triple under the glove of a diving Voita in right field to score Reynolds, and then 4-0 in the third with a pair of runs as Boudon led off with his fourth home run of the season and Johnson scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian Lake.

The Huskies continued the barrage with a run in the fourth as Mike Wagner led off with his sixth home run, a shot into the screen in center field.

They broke the game open in the sixth with four runs against freshman reliever Justin Zarley. Boudon led off with his second homer of the game and fifth overall, and then the Huskies loaded the bases on a double by Johnson, a walk to Hathaway and an Otness single.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first and third innings, the Huskies converted their scoring opportunities in the sixth, as Isaacson got hit by a pitch to force home Johnson, Hathaway scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Reynolds, and Otness scored on Lake's second passed ball of the game.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 12-6 overall, while Cal-State Northridge, after winning the Big West Conference title and finishing the season ranked #15 in 2002, dropped to 5-19 in 2003.

The Huskies look to win their ninth straight when they host the Matadors in Game 2 of the series on Saturday. Jeff Petersen will start for Washington, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can also listen to Saturday's game on the radio, on 1150 AM KKNW.

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