UW Belts Six Homers In 17-4 Win Over UCSB
March 6, 2005
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team tied a school record with six home runs and completed athree-game sweep of UC Santa Barbara Sunday with a 17-4 win at Husky Ballpark.
Senior first baseman Kyle Larsen hit two home runs for the UW, a solo shot in the first and a grand slamin the second and went 3-for-5 with six runs batted in. Husky shortstop Brent Lillibridge finished thegame 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, four runs and one RBI as the UW (8-7) moved above .500 for thefirst time all year with its fourth straight win.
Senior Taylor Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and his third home run of the season in thegame, finished the series 8-for-9 with seven walks. He had reached base in 12 straight plate appearancesbefore grounding out in the fourth inning Sunday.
The UW scored twice in the first to take the early lead. Lillibridge singled, stole second and moved tothird on an errant throw from the catcher before scoring on a groundout from Zach Clem. Larsenfollowed his first home run of the season, a solo shot to center.
In the second, senior second baseman Mike Rundle hit a one-out solo homer to left, his first in a UWuniform, and after a walk to Johnson and another single from Lillibridge, UCSB starter Brian Tracy (0-1) was replaced by Nate Holguin.
Clem greeted Holguin with a single to left to load the bases before Larsen went the opposite way for agrand slam into the Gauchos' bullpen in left, increasing the UW advantage to 7-0
The Gauchos (8-9) scored their first runs in the third inning when right fielder Matt Wilkerson hit a two-out, two-run homer off the light pole in right-center.
The Huskies, however, answered quickly with three more in the third. Johnson singled to drive in onerun and then scored on a triple from Lillibridge, who came in when the throw to third base sailed intothe UCSB dugout.
In the fourth, two more Huskies hit their first career homers in back-to-back at bats. FreshmanMatt Stevens belted a two-run shot to center before JC transfer Cory Rickard followed with ane to left.Johnson homered in the four-run Husky sixth inning for the last of the UW long balls.
In the eighth, UCSB's David Figoni and Brian Lee led off the inning with back-to-back home run to capthe Gauchos' scoring.
UW sophomore starter Kyle Parker (3-2) earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits over six inningsof work. He walked two and struck out five and had a string of nine straight scoreless innings broken byWilkerson's home run.
The Huskies' seven-game homestand continues with a game vs. Portland Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and twoagainst Pacific Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and Thursday (3:00 p.m.). Live stats and audio for all games isavailable at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 17, UC Santa Barbara 4UC Santa Barbara 002 000 020 -- 4 7 2Washington 253 304 00X -- 17 24 0Brian Tracy, Nate Holguin (2), Justin Segal (4), Andrew Schoneberger (6), Alex McRobbie (8) and Matt Kalafatis, Brandon LaGrotta (7).Kyle Parker, Brandon McKerney (7), Matt Hague (8), Josh Conover (9)and Matt Lane, Joey Dunn (6). W - Parker (3-2). L - Tracy (1-2). 2B -UW, Mike Rundle, Kyle Larsen, Lane, Brent Lillibridge, Nick Batkoski.3B - UW, Lillibridge. HR - UCSB, Matt Wilkerson (2), David Figoni(3), Brian Lee (1); UW, Larsen 2 (2), Rundle (1), Matt Stevens (1),Cory Rickard (1), Taylor Johnson (3). T - 2:59. A - 594.