Gibson Stymies Cougar Offense In 8-1 Husky Win

March 9, 2003

SEATTLE - In his first career start, junior Trevor Gibson pitched the Washington baseball team to an 8-1 win over Washington State Sunday at Husky Ballpark as the UW (9-6) swept a three-game, non-conference series from WSU (3-13) and extended its winning streak to fivegames.

Washington got homers from a pair of sophomores from Vancouver, Wash., as rightfielder Taylor Johnson (Skyview High) hit two and had three RBI while catcherAaron Hathaway (Columbia River High) went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.

Gibson (1-0), expected to serve as one of the Huskies' top starters this year, suffered aminor injury in the preseason and had only worked in two brief relief appearances thisseason. Prior to 2003, he'd thrown in relief in 26 games, but had never started. He alloweda run on only two hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

After walking the first two Cougar batters in the first, Gibson, a righty from Enumclaw,had retired 12 in a row until WSU second baseman Jeff LaRue notched his team's first hitof the day in the fifth inning with a one-out double to right field. After a popout and a walk,Jon Baeder singled to left to drive in the Cougs' lone run.

Both pitchers struggled with control in the first. Gibson walked the first two Cougars, butwas helped along by a double play as he struck out Derek Bruce and leadoff man JustinHart was thrown out trying to steal third. A foul popout ended the WSU threat.

In the bottom of the first, WSU starter Karl Mejlholm (1-2) loaded the bases on a walk andtwo hit batters. With two outs, he walked Husky DH Chad Boudon to force in a run, butthen got a groundout to hold the Huskies to the one run.

However, Hathaway led off the bottom of the second with a solo homer to left field, hisfirst of the season. After Brent Lillibridge drew a walk, Greg Isaacson tripled down theright-field line. Justin Drake followed with an RBI double and the Huskies led, 4-0, aftertwo innings.

The Huskies got a fifth run in the fourth when Mejlholm balked with a runner on third. Inthe fifth, Johnson hit his second homer of the year with no one on base to increase the UWlead to 6-1.

Johnson's second homer of the game and third of the season, which came withJohn Otness on second base in the seventh, made it 8-1.

Junior lefty Brian Carter threw three no-hit innings of relief for the Huskies to record thesave and combine with Gibson on a two-hitter.

The Huskies continue their stretch of non-conference games against their northwest Pac-10rivals this week when they travel to face Oregon State Tuesday (3 p.m.) and Wednesday (1p.m.) in Corvallis. The OSU radio broadcast games can be heard on osubeavers.com orgohuskies.com.

LINESCOREWashington 8, Washington State 1Wash. St.      000 010 000 -- 1  2 0Washington     130 110 20x -- 8 11 0Karl Mejlholm, Nick Kenyon (4), Brian Esparza (5), Billy Gorrell (7) and Jon Baeder.Trevor Gibson, Brian Carter (7) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Gibson (1-0). L - Mejlholm (1-2). Sv - Carter (2). 2B - WSU, Jeff LaRue; UW, Justin Drake, Hathaway, John Otness.3B - UW, Greg Isaacson. HR - UW, Hathaway (1), Taylor Johnson 2 (3). T - 2:43. A -411. Records: WSU 3-13, UW 9-6.
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