Larsen Breaks RBI Record In 4-2 Win Over LCSC

May 17, 2005

SEATTLE - Senior Kyle Larsen broke the Washington career runs batted in record Tuesdaynight as the Husky baseball team broke Lewis-Clark State's 15-game winning streak with a 4-2win over the Warriors at Husky Ballpark.

Larsen, from Redmond's Eastlake High, broke the record with a two-run homer in the fourth.That home run gave him 168 career runs batted in, breaking the school record of 166, set byformer shortstop Kevin Miller (1996-98).

Lewis-Clark State (44-6), the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA, had won 15 straight and 35 of itslast 37. After wrapping up their regular season tomorrow vs. Gonzaga, the Warriors will host theNAIA World Series. Washington also broke a four-game losing streak to improve to 28-21 onthe season.

Husky junior Matt Kasser (4-4) struck out a season-high seven hitters over seven innings to earnthe win. Kasser gave up only one run on four hits, walking one. Senior closer Josh Conoverpicked up his sixth save of the year by retiring the side in the ninth.

L-C State starter Carlos Fisher (4-1) suffered his first loss despite going the distance. He allowedfour runs on five hits while walking none and striking out nine.

Washington jumped out to a quick lead when senior center fielder Taylor Johnson led off theHuskies' half of the first inning with his eighth home run of the season.

The Warriors had a chance to tie it in the second when Brandon Morris tried to score from firstbase on a two-out single from Gavin Concepion. Morris, however, was tagged out at the plate tokeep the UW in front, 1-0.

In the third, after a leadoff single from Brent Lillibridge and a groundout, Zach Clem singledthrough the left side to drive in the UW's second run. Larsen followed with his eighth home runof the season, drilling a pitch down the right-field line to break the Husky RBI record and givethe UW a 4-0 lead.

L-C State scored its first run in the sixth when center fielder Joey Dyche led off the inning withhis team-leading 10th homer of the year. In the eighth, the Warriors scored their second on asacrifice fly from Justin Fuller to cut the Husky lead to 4-2.

Friday through Sunday, Arizona State visits Husky Ballpark for the UW's final three homegames of the season. Live audio and stats for all of those games, as well as the Huskies' three-game series at UCLA May 27-29, will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceWashington 4, Lewis-Clark State 2Lewis-Clark St.    000 001 010 -- 2 5 0Washington         100 300 00X -- 4 5 0Carlos Fisher and Gavin Concepcion. Matt Kasser,Brandon McKerney (8), Josh Conover (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Kasser(4-4). L - Fisher (4-1). Sv - Josh Conover (6). 2B - LCSC, JoeyDyche. HR - LCSC, Dyche (10); UW, Taylor Johnson (8),Kyle Larsen (8). T - 1:50. A - 396.
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