Huskies Shut Out UC Riverside, 9-0

April 8, 2005

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Husky starter Tim Lincecum threw seven scoreless innings as theWashington baseball team opened a non-conference series with a 9-0 win over UCRiverside Friday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.

Lincecum (5-4), a sophomore from Renton's Liberty High, allowed only four hits. Hewalked seven Highlanders, but also struck out seven. Freshman Brandon McKerneyworked the final two innings, facing the minimum, to complete the shutout.

Washington improved to 20-12 on the season with the win. The Huskies have won 15 oftheir last 21 games. The Highlanders fell to 13-16.

After going down in order in the first two innings, the Huskies broke through with tworuns on three hits in the third. With two outs and Nick Batkoski aboard at second base,Taylor Johnson singled up the middle to open the scoring. Brent Lillibridge followedwith a long double to left-center and the UW had a 2-0 lead in the third.

The Husky hitters contined to roll in the fourth. With one down, Matt Hague singled andscored all the way from first base on a double from Matt Lane. Lane came around on aBatkoski double and Batkoski made it 5-0 later in the inning when Johnson singled tosend him home.

The Highlanders had several opportunities to score. Their best chance in the early-goingcame in the second when they loaded the bases with one out. Brett Bigler hit a fly ball toshallow center. After catching the flyout, UW center fielder Michael Burgher threw outKyle Barratt, trying to score from third, at the plate to end the inning.

In the seventh, Lincecum walked two UCR batters on eight straight balls to begin theinning, but ended up getting off the hook once again with three straight outs. In all, 12Highlanders reached base against Lincecum in his seven innings.

The Huskies scored their sixth run of the game in the eighth when pinch runnerMike Rundle scored on a passed ball. In the ninth, a sacrifice fly and two bases-loadedwalks gave the UW three more.

Hague, Batkoski and Lane all finished the game with two hits, including a double apiece.Johnson also went 2-for-4 with two walks, two RBI, a run and a stolen base.

The Huskies and Highlanders will play game two of the series Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Thegame will air on tape delay on KKNW AM-1150 immediately following the SeattleThunderbirds playoff hockey game. The live baseball broadcast will be available,however, on the internet via gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-conferenceWashington 9, UC Riverside 0Washington      002 300 013 -- 9 11 0UC Riverside    000 000 000 -- 0  4 0Tim Lincecum, Brandon McKerney (8) and Matt Lane, Joey Dunn(8). Jose Shaw, Pat Cassa (4), Dan Runzler (8), Adam Reifer(9) and Jeff Abney. W - Lincecum (5-4). L - Shaw (1-3). 2B- UW, Brent Lillibridge, Lane, Nick Batkoski, Matt Hague;UCR, Nick Salotti. T - 3:13. A - 176.
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