Huskies Lose Opener at Santa Clara, 5-2

Feb. 20, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Kellan McConnell surrendered only one run whilestriking out 10 over seven and two-thirds innings, leading Santa Clara to a 5-2 win over12th-ranked Washington Sunday in the first game of a three-game series at Buck ShawStadium.

The loss dropped the UW to 0-4 on the season while Santa Clara improved to 7-3. Thetwo teams will play game two of the doubleheader Sunday afternoon before the seriesfinale Monday at 1:00 p.m.

UW ace Tim Lincecum (0-2) suffered his second loss in two starts this season. Thesophomore righty gave up five runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings ofwork, striking out four.

McConnell, a fifth-year senior, improved to 1-1 on the year, limiting the UW to the onerun on eight hits and no walks.

Santa Clara jumped out to a quick lead with a run in the first inning. Leadoff hitter RyanChiarelli reached on an infield single and moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt.With one down, center fielder Robert Perry lined a double to left field to drive inChiarelli, giving the Broncos the early 1-0 edge.

In the third, Chiarelli once again reached on an infield single. After a passed ball movedhim to second, he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Perry singled to drive homeChiarelli and after moving to third on a single, scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher KrisWatts to increase the Broncos lead to 3-0.

In the sixth, Santa Clara loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a hit by pitch. JasonMatteucci then drew a walk from Lincecum to force in a run and end Lincecum's day onthe mound. UW freshman reliever Matt Hague got a double play from the first batter hefaced, but a run scored on the play to increase the Santa Clara lead to 5-0.

Washington, in the meantime, was able to put runners aboard throughout much of thegame. However, no UW runners reached third until the eighth inning when the Huskiesfinally broke through with a run.

UW right fielder Taylor Johnson singled to lead off the eighth. After stealing second, hemoved to third on a flyout and scored on single from Nick Batkoski.

In the ninth, the Huskies scored their second on a two-out RBI from Johnson, his third hitof the game, but Andy Lentz, trying to advance from first, was thrown out at third basefor the final out of the game.

The Huskies and Broncos will close out their three-game series Monday with a 1:00 Live audio and stats are both available at

LINESCORENon-Conference Doubleheader - Game OneSanta Clara 5, #12 Washington 2Washington      000 000 011 -- 2 10 1Santa Clara     102 002 00x -- 5  9 2Tim Lincecum, Matt Hague (6), Brandon McKerney (9) andMatt Lane. Kellen McConnell, Donald Brandt (8), Thomas VanBuskirk (9), Anthony Rea (9) and Kris Watts. W - McConnell(1-1). L - Lincecum (0-2). Sv - Rea (1). 2B - SCU, RobertPerry. T - 2:57.
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