Batkoski Homers Twice In 8-1 UW Win

March 8, 2005

SEATTLE - Senior Nick Batkoski hit two home runs as the Washington baseball team extended itswinning streak to five games Tuesday night with an 8-1 win over Portland at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies' five straight victories, all at home, have improved their record to 9-7 after they had openedthe season 4-7 through their first 11 games. Portland fell to 6-9 with the loss.

UW starter David Dowling, from Juanita High in Kirkland, earned the win to improve to 2-0. The seniorsouthpaw allowed one run on four hits over six innings, walking four and striking out six.

The Huskies got off to a quick start with three runs in the first. Right fielder Taylor Johnson, named thePac-10 Player of the Week earlier Tuesday, led off by lining a home run to left-center field, his fourth ofthe year. Later in the first, Batkoski, the Husky third baseman from Federal Way, homered to deadcenter field with a man aboard, staking the Huskies to a 3-0 lead.

Portland scored its lone run in the second when Justin Pierce walked and eventually scored on a singlefrom Andrew Wrisley, who finished the game with two hits to lead Portland.

The UW stretched its lead to 5-1 with a pair of runs in the third. With two outs, catcher Matt Lanedoubled to drive home Zach Clem and Nick Burnham followed with a single to send home Clem.

In the sixth, shortstop Brent Lillibridge drilled a long home run over the scoreboard in left to make it 6-1. Clem followed with a single and after an out, Batkoski belted a towering homer to left, his second ofthe night and the season, making the Husky lead 8-1.

Portland's Stephen Ball (0-1), making his first start of the season, allowed five runs on six hits over twoand two-thirds innings for the loss. Husky sophomore Jordan Ponzoha retired nine of the 10 Pilot battershe faced over the final three innings, allowing only a single, to pick up a save, his second of the year.

Batkoski led the Husky offense, finishing 2-for-4 with four runs batted in on the two home runs. Clemand Lane added two hits apiece for Washington.

The Huskies play host to Pacific Wednesday and Thursday at Husky Ballpark. Tuesday night's firstpitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. while Wednesday's game gets under way at 3 p.m. Live audio and statsfor both games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 8, Portland 1Portland       010 000 000 -- 1  5 0Washington     302 003 00X -- 8 10 0Stephen Ball, Sean Sargent (3), Brian Yoakum (5), Given Kutz (7) and Joe Watson.David Dowling, Jordan Ponzoha (7) and Matt Lane, Joey Dunn (7). W - Dowling (2-0).L - Ball (0-1). Sv - Ponzoha (2). 2B - UW, Lane. HR - UW, Taylor Johnson (4),Nick Batkoski 2 (2), Brent Lillibridge (2). T - 2:34. A - 431.
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