Conover Gets Win As No. 24 Huskies Beat Portland, 13-1

March 25, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Josh Conover earned a win in his first career start as the24th-ranked Washington baseball team beat Portland, 13-1, Tuesday in the first of a two-game, non-conference series at Pilot Stadium.

The Huskies' win was their 13th in their last 14 games and improved their record to 17-7on the season. Portland fell to 4-19 with the loss.

Conover (1-0), a right-hander from Kirkland's Lake Washington High, had made 13 careerrelief appearances before getting the start vs. the Pilots. He worked five innings, allowingsix hits and one run while striking out five.

After posting a run in the first inning on second baseman Greg Isaacson's solo homer, theHuskies broke the game open with four runs in the third. Catcher Aaron Hathaway'sbases-loaded double cleared the bases before John Otness followed with a double down theleft-field line to plate Hathaway, giving the UW a 5-0 lead.

After the Huskies added a run in the fourth, Portland broke through in the fifth whencatcher Joe Watson hit a solo homer.

Washington posted three more in the sixth on an RBI double from Isaacson, a sacrifice flyfrom Kyle Larsen and an RBI single from Chad Boudon.

UP starter Trent Kristjanson (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hitsover five and two-thirds innings.

Husky sophomore reliever Jamie Hawkins, making his first appearance after missing thefirst part of the season due to illness, retired six of the seven batters he faced, allowing asingle while striking out two in two innings. Freshmen Matt Kasser and Keaton Everitteach pitched a perfect inning to close out the game.

Cory Kasto finished with two hits and a walk to lead the Pilots. Washington got hits fromeight of nine starters, led by two doubles and a homer from Isaacson, and two hits eachfrom Boudon, Brent Lillibridge, Tila Reynolds and Taylor Johnson.

The Huskies take on the Pilots again Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. before opening theconference season at Stanford this weekend.

LINESCORE#24 Washington 13, Portland 1Washington     104 103 031 -- 13 15  0Portland       000 010 000 --  1  7  2Josh Conover, Jamie Hawkins (6), Matt Kasser (8),Keaton Everitt (9) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (6). TrentKristjanson, Joe Jones (6), Jared Adams (9) and Joe Watson. W- Conover (1-0). L - Kristjanson (1-3). 2B - UW, Hathaway,John Otness, Greg Isaacson 2. UP, Travis Vetters, Kory Casto.HR - UW, Isaacson (2); UP, Watson (2). T - 2:50. A - 104.Records: UW 17-7; UP 4-19.
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