Huskies Slug Their Way To 14-5 Win at Kansas State

April 15, 2003

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Washington baseball team hit four home runs -- two pairs ofback-to-back shots -- in a six-run fourth inning as the Huskies added to Kansas State'smisery with a 14-5 win Tuesday night at wet and windy Tointon Family Stadium. The losswas K-State's 16th in a row, a school record.

In the fourth, freshman Brent Lillibridge, who homered twice in a 3-for-4 effort, and juniorGreg Isaacson went back-to-back, and after a walk, Chad Boudon and John Otness pulledoff the same trick. Washington improved to 23-12 with the win while K-State fell to 10-24.

Sophomore Josh Conover (2-0) got the win in his second career start. He worked seveninnings, allowing four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six.

Lillibridge, in his second game as the Huskies' new leadoff hitter, got the game started bysingling through the left side. Lillibridge stole second and moved to third on a wild pitchbefore Isaacson's groundout sent him home.

In the second, shortstop Tila Reynolds belted a two-out double down the left-field line,driving in Kyle Larsen, who had walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Reynoldsscored when Taylor Johnson reached on a error by K-State first baseman Tim Doty.

The Huskies kept it going in the third. With two down, Larsen and Nick Batkoski walked.Reynolds laid down a bunt and beat it out for a hit, but third baseman Andrew Dunsmore'sthrow to first went wild, allowing Larsen to score to make it 4-0.

In the fourth, KSU starter Jared Brite walked Johnson to start the inning. Brite wasrelieved by lefty Brett Bagley, who surrendered back-to-back homers to the first twobatters he faced. Lillibridge hit his fifth of the year to center before the left-handed hittingIsaacson went the opposite way with his fourth. After Bagley walked Aaron Hathaway,Boudon hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season and Otness followed with histhird, increasing the UW lead to 10-0.

Kansas State, held to two infield singles through the first four innings, got on the board inthe fifth inning. Brett Williams led off with a double and then backup third baseman ZackSaunders belted a homer to cut the Husky lead to 10-2.

With another K-State reliever, Andrew Ehling, on to start the seventh inning, Lillibridge,the Huskies' freshman center fielder, belted his second home run of the game. Isaacsonfollowed with a single and scored on a Hathaway double. K-State added two more runs inthe bottom of the inning on a two-run homer from Williams.

In the eighth, after an RBI single from pinch hitter Mike Wagner posted the UW's 13thrun, Isaacson capped a 4-for-5 game with his third run batted in, singling home Johnson.Otness also finished the game with three hits.

Brite (0-3), the K-State football team's punter and kicker, suffered the loss. Thesophomore right-hander allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks overthree-plus innings of work.

The Huskies and K-State play the second of their two games Wednesday at noon CDT (10a.m. PDT). After returning home, the Huskies have the weekend off before playing host toHawaii-Hilo next Monday and Tuesday.

LINESCOREWashington 14, Kansas State 5Washington     121 600 220 -- 14 17 0Kansas St.     000 020 201 --  5  6 3Josh Conover, Jamie Hawkins (8) and Aaron Hathaway,Ben Johnson (8). Jared Brite, Brett Bagley (4), Andrew Ehling(7) and Josh Heinrich. W - Conover (2-0). L - Brite (0-3). 2B- UW, Tila Reynolds, Hathaway; KSU, Brett Williams. HR - UW,Brent Lillibridge 2 (6), Greg Isaacson (4), Chad Boudon (12),John Otness (3); KSU, Zack Saunders (2), Williams (2). T -2:56. A - 202. Records: UW 23-12; KSU 10-25.
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