UW Baseball Routs USC, 26-2
May 23, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team took a big step towards making the NCAA tournamentand simultaneously dealt a major blow to USC's chances, hammering the Trojans, 26-2, Fridaynight at Husky Ballpark in the first-game of a regular-season-ending three-game, Pac-10 series.
Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson hit two homers in the game, including a grand slam. TheHuskies have had a player hit two homers in a game five times in the last six games.
The Huskies improved to 38-16 overall and 13-9 in the Pac-10, moving into a tie for third placewith the loser of Friday night's Arizona-Arizona State game. With 13 league wins, the Huskies areassured of finishing over .500 in the conference, which is historically enough to make the 64-teamNCAA tournament. USC fell to 28-26 overall and 11-11 in Pac-10 play.
Husky senior Sean White (8-4) picked up the easy win, striking out nine in five innings of work.White gave up five hits and two runs, only one earned. Senior Scott Robertson threw the final fourinnings of the game to record a save. The two former Mercer Island High classmates combined torecord 11 strikeouts on the night.
Isaacson finished the game 2-for-6 with six RBIs and third baseman John Otness went 3-for-5with five runs batted in. Tila Reynolds, Mike Wagner, Nick Batkoski each added three hits as theHuskies pounded out 27 in the game, only two short of the most ever by a USC opponent.
The Huskies jumped on USC freshman starter Bobby Paschal in the first, sending 10 batters to theplate to post seven runs. With one out, senior shortstop Tila Reynolds drew a walk and catcherAaron Hathaway followed by belting a high breaking pitch over the fence in left for his fourthhomer of the year.
Wagner and Chad Boudon kept the rally going with base hits and a single up the middle fromBatkoski drove in Wagner to make it 3-0. Kyle Larsen followed with a single to center that senthome Boudon and, when the ball was misplayed by center fielder Travis McAndrews, Batkoskicame in to score. Isaacson wrapped up the outburst by driving his eighth homer of the season toright, chasing Paschal from the game.
In the second, the Huskies tacked on four more. Wagner had an RBI single, Larsen blooped anRBI double and Otness drove in two with a single to increase the UW lead to 11-0. In the third,when Brent Lillibridge led off with a single, every Husky starter had a hit only three innings intothe game.
By the end of the inning, every Husky in the lineup had scored a run as Otness, the final starter tocross the plate, belted a two-run homer for the UW's fifth and sixth runs of the third inning, givingthe Huskies a 17-0 lead.
USC broke through for single runs in the fourth and fifth. After the Huskies failed to score in thefifth, they got it going again in the sixth when Isaacson's grand slam highlighted a six-run frame.Reserve first baseman Steve Ramsey came off the bench to belt his second homer of the year tolead off the bottom of the eighth and cap the UW's scoring.
The Huskies and Trojans continue the series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game. The USC radiobroadcast of the game can be heard over the internet via a link from gohuskies.com.
LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 26, USC 2USC 000 110 000 -- 2 7 4Washington 746 206 01x -- 26 27 2Bobby Paschal, Clayton Wentworth (1), Michael Cooper (3), RudyQuinonez (6) and Jeff Clement, Matt Bonovich (4). Sean White,Scott Robertson (6) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (5). W - White(8-4). L - Paschal (3-7). 2B - USC, Spencer Gordon, Bonovich; UW,Kyle Larsen, Brent Lillibridge, Nick Batkoski. HR - UW, Hathaway(4), Greg Isaacson 2 (9), John Otness (6), Steve Ramsey (2). T -3:24. A - 674. Records: USC, 28-26, 11-11 Pac-10; UW 38-16, 13-9 Pac-10.