Huskies Hand No. 11 Arkansas First Loss, 5-2

Feb. 28, 2006

HONOLULU - The Washington baseball team handed 11th-ranked Arkansas its firstloss of the season Tuesday, scoring four runs in the first and hanging on for a 5-2 win inthe first game of the Rainbow Baseball Tournament at Les Murikami Stadium.

Junior Tim Lincecum (3-0) earned the win with a seven-inning start, his longest outing ofthe season. He allowed two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out eight.

Washington improved to 9-2 on the season while the Razorbacks fell to 9-1.

The Huskies got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first inning off of Arkansasstarter Chris Rhoads, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and a 0.59 earned runaverage. After a strikeout to open the game, the Huskies loaded the bases whenAndy Lentz and Matt Hague singled and Zach Clem was hit by a pitch.

After a single from Matt Lane scored one, a wild pitch allowed Hague to come acrosswith the second run. A groundout from Curt Rindal drove in the third and an RBI singlefrom Matt Stevens made it 4-0 and knocked Rhoads out of the game.

In the third, Matt Hague singled and stole second to lead off the inning. After two outs,Rindal hit a ground ball to third. Third baseman Blake Parker's throw to first, however,got past first baseman Danny Hamblin and up the right-field line, allowing Hague toscore to make it a 5-0 Husky lead.

Arkansas finally broke through with two runs in the sixth inning. With two outs andnobody on base, James Ewing and Jake Dugger drew back-to-back walks. Hamblinfollowed with a double to the left-field corner, scoring both runners to cut the Husky edge to 5-2.

In the seventh, with two outs and nobody on, Lincecum loaded the bases on two walksand a hit batter. However, this time he struck out James Ewing to end the threat. UWreliever Nick Hagadone worked a perfect eighth inning before walking the leadoff hitterin the ninth. Elliott Cribby then came on and got a popout and a double-play groundout toend the game and record his fifth save.

Rhoads (3-1) took the loss for the Razorbacks. Relievers Trey Holloway and Lee Landcombined to hold the UW to only one unearned run over the final seven and one-thirdinnings.

Wednesday, the Huskies take on Hawaii Pacific in a non-tournament game. First pitch forthat game is at 11:00 a.m. HST (1:00 p.m. PST). Later Wednesday, the Dawgs take onHawaii at 6:30 p.m. HST (8:30 p.m. PST). Live audio broadcasts of both games will airon the internet at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORERainbow Baseball TournamentWashington 5, #11 Arkansas 2Arkansas       000 002 000 -- 2 4 1Washington     401 000 00X -- 5 8 0Chris Rhoads, Trey Holloway (1), Lee Land (6) and BrianWalker. Tim Lincecum, Nick Hagadone (8), Elliott Cribby (9)and Matt Lane. W - Lincecum (3-0). L - Rhoads (3-1). Sv -Cribby (5). 2B - UA, Chris Hollensworth, Danny Hamblin; UW,Lane. T - 2:15.
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