UW Busts Out For First Win, 13-2

Feb. 20, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Kyle Parker threw six shutout innings and theHusky bats finally came to life as the 12th-ranked Washington baseball team broke itsfour-game, season-opening losing streak with a 13-2 win over Santa Clara Sunday in thesecond game of a doubleheader at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Parker (1-1), a righy from Yakima, gave up only two hits, both coming in the first inning,and retired the last 11 Broncos he faced in his six-inning outing. He walked three andstruck out three. SCU starter Patrick Overholt (0-1) suffered the loss despite allowingonly two runs.

Washington had scored only eight runs total in the four season-opening losses. They'dscratched for single tallies in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings before explodingfor three in the seventh and six in the eighth.

Senior third baseman Nick Batkoski went 4-for-6 in the game while junior shortstopBrent Lillibridge drove in five runs with two hits in five at bats.

The Huskies took advantage of a pair of Santa Clara errors to score the game's first run inthe second inning. After an error put a runner at first with two down, Mike Rundle stolesecond base. After a walk put runners at first and second, Lillibridge struck out on a pitchin the dirt. The throw to first, however, was high and down the first-base line, allowingRundle to score.

In the third, Zach Clem singled to lead off and then moved around to score thanks to twobalks and a wild pitch. In the fourth, with freshman Mike Stutes on in relief, Andy Lentzreached on a two-out walk. After stealing second and advancing to third on a balk, Lentzscored on a Lillibridge single to increase the Husky lead to 3-0.

In the sixth, the UW tacked on a run thanks to two more Bronco errors. With two out andno one on base, Lillibridge reached on a fielding error by third baseman MichaelThompson. Lillibridge then advanced to third on Stutes' errant pickoff try and then scoredon a single from Taylor Johnson.

The Huskies' offense kept going in the seventh. First baseman Kyle Larsen doubled to thewall in right-center to lead off and Matt Lane followed with a single up the middle todrive home Larsen. Nick Batkoski followed with a single to close out Stutes' day. WithScott Lonergan on in relief, Rundle drove in a run with a single and Lillibridge sent homeanother with a sacrifice fly to give the UW a 7-0 lead.

Santa Clara didn't break through until the seventh. With UW reliever Jordan Ponzoha onto begin the inning, Dustin Realini walked and Kris Watts singled to put two aboard.After a pair of outs, backup catcher Carl Bacon's two-out single to right drove in bothrunners to reduce the Husky edge to 7-2.

The Huskies contined to roll with six more runs in the eighth, an RBI single fromBatkoski and a two-run double from Nick Burnham doing accounting for the first threebefore a triple from Lillibridge cleared the bases.

Ponzoha earned a save, throwing the final three innings and striking out six.

The Huskies and Broncos will close out the series Monday with a 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCORENon-Conference Doubleheader -- Game 2#12 Washington 13, Santa Clara 2Washington     011 101 360 -- 13 16 1Santa Clara    000 000 200 --  2  4 4Kyle Parker, Jordan Ponzoha (7) and Matt Lane, Joey Dunn(7). Patrick Overholt, Mike Stutes (4), Scott Lonergan (7),Kyle Jensen (8) and Matt McColgan, Carl Bacon (6). W -Parker (1-1). L - Overholt (0-1). Sv - Ponzoha (1). 2B -UW, Zach Clem, Kyle Larsen 2, Nick Burnham, Nick Batkoski;SCU - Robert Perry. 3B - UW, Brent Lillibridge. T - 3:19.
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