Knutson Gets 400th Win, 20-8, At WSU

March 20, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington baseball team scored 14 runs in the first inning and rolledto a 20-8 win over Washington State Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field. The win was the 400thcareer victory for Ken Knutson, the Huskies' 12th-year head coach.

Knutson's career record improved to 400-258-2 while Washington is now 11-5-1 on the year. TheCougars dropped to 13-6. Knutson is now only 23 wins from becoming the winningest coach inUW baseball history. Former skipper Bob MacDonald won 422 from 1977 to 1992. The UWdropped the opening game of the three-game, non-conference series, 11-5, on Friday.

For the second time in the series and the fourth time this year, Husky shortstop Brent Lillibridgeled the game off with a home run. The UW would go on to send 20 players to the plate in the first,posting 14 runs on 10 hits.

Senior right fielder Ben Johnson notched two hits and three runs batted in the first inning. Hefinished the game 3-for-6 with two doubles and four runs batted in. Catcher Aaron Hathaway was3-for-4 and second baseman Greg Isaacson had a pair of hits and four runs driven in.

On the day, 11 different Huskies had a hit, 11 different Huskies scored a run and 11 differentHuskies had at least one RBI.

WSU scored its first runs in the third, sending three across the plate. Jason Freeman tripled andscored on a Justin McClure single. Later, Kaeo Rubin doubled to drive in two, cutting the UWlead to 14-3. Cougar third baseman Zach McAngus, who hit a solo home run and a grand slam inFriday's win, added a two-run homer in the fourth.

UW sophomore Keaton Everitt (3-1), staked to the 14-run lead before taking the mound, picked upthe win. He worked six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Everitt walked five and struck outthree. Freshman Jordan Ponzoha gave up two runs in two innings of relief and Jamie Hawkinsclosed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth.

WSU senior Aaron Trolia got only one out in the first and suffered the loss, allowing eight runs.His record fell to 3-2.

The Huskies and Cougars conclude the non-league series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 20, Washington State 8Washington     (14)00 110 202 -- 20 20 0Washington St.    030 210 020 --  8 11 2Keaton Everitt, Jordan Ponzoha (7), Jamie Hawkins (9) andAaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (7). Aaron Trolia, Brett Sommer (1),James Freeman (1), Bryan Stone (7), Brett Beetham (9) and BrandonReddinger. W - Everitt (3-1). L - Trolia (3-2). 2B - UW, Hathaway,Ben Johnson 2, Matt Lane; WSU, Kaeo Rubin 2. 3B - WSU, JasonFreeman. HR - UW, Brent Lillibridge (5); WSU, Zach McAngus (3). T- 3:23. A - 356. Records: UW 11-5-1, WSU 13-6.
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