Lincecum, Hagadone No-Hit Broncos In 9-0 Win
March 12, 2006
SEATTLE - University of Washington pitchers Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadonecombined for the UW's first no-hitter in 37 years Sunday as the Huskies beat Santa Clara,9-0, at Husky Ballpark to complete a series sweep.
Lincecum (4-1) threw six innings and Hagadone retired all nine batters he faced over thefinal three to wrap up the no-hitter, the first on record by the UW since Gary Huson heldSan Jose State hitless in a seven-inning, 6-0 win in March, 1969. (NOTE: records formuch of Washington baseball history are incomplete, but Huson's no-hitter is the mostrecent for which there is a record.)
'Tim's special,' said UW head coach Ken Knutson. 'He really had it going. If you canbelieve it, he got a blister on his finger in the third inning, so he couldn't throw hisfastball very much. He got on a roll and did his thing. Then Hagadone came in and wasjust outstanding.
'I don't know if I've been more nervous my whole career,' Knutson said. 'It wasawesome.'
Lincecum, from Renton's Liberty High, was replaced by Hagadone, a sophomore leftyfrom Sumner, to begin the seventh inning, having thrown 119 pitches. Lincecum walkedseven and struck out 11. Hagadone set down all nine Broncos he faced, striking out four,including the last two batters in the ninth.
'I was struggling with my fastball because I had a blister on my finger,' Lincecum saidafterward, 'so I just went to my other pitches and they worked really well. I wasn'tthinking about it until I came out and then I thought, `Hagadone's going to do it.''
'I was just trying to concentrate on throwing strikes,' Hagadone said. 'I was able tofocus. I was thinking about it though.'
Husky third baseman Matt Stevens hit two home runs for the second straight game,finishing the game 3-for-4 with five runs batted in.
In a matchup of former high-school rivals, Issaquah High grad Matt Wickswat (3-1)suffered the loss for the Broncos (10-10). The red-shirt freshman lefty, who hadsurrendered only five earned runs in 23 and two-thirds innings coming into the game,allowed seven runs on nine hits over six innings.
Washington (15-5) opened up the bottom of the second with a flurry. After Curt Rindaldoubled and Zach Clem singled to lead off the inning, freshman right fielder Kyle Conleydoubled to left to plate the UW's first run. Stevens followed with his his third home runof the weekend, belting a pitch the opposite way to right-center field.
After Stevens' three-run homer, Danny Cox walked, stole second and scored thanks to apair of groundouts.
In the meantime, Lincecum toyed with trouble. In the second, he walked the first twoBroncos batters before striking out the next three. In the third, he walked three to load thebases with one out, but got a strikeout and a flyout to get off the hook.
In the fifth, a solo homer to right from Rindal increased the Huskies' lead to 6-0. In thesixth, Conley walked and eventually scored on a Nick Burnham groundout to make it 7-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, after a double from pinch hitter Cory Rickard, Stevensblasted a long homer to left-center fielder, his eighth of the season.
The Huskies now head into final exams week before resuming the baseball season nextSaturday through Monday against Cal Poly. Game time Saturday is 3:00 p.m., followedby a 2:00 p.m. game Sunday and a noon start on Monday. Live audio and stats for all ofthose games will be available at gohuskies.com. The UW has also added a game againstPuget Sound to the schedule, Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 9, Santa Clara 0Santa Clara 000 000 000 -- 0 0 0Washington 050 011 02x -- 9 11 0Matt Wickswat, Jeff Lombard (7) and Carl Bacon.Tim Lincecum, Nick Hagadone (7) and Matt Lane. W - Lincecum(4-1). L - Wickswat (3-1). Sv - Hagadone (3). 2B - UW,Curt Rindal, Kyle Conley, Matt Hague, Cory Rickard. HR -UW, Matt Stevens 2 (8), Rindal (4). T - 2:28. A - 541.