Huskies Fall To Cal Poly, 18-3
March 19, 2006
SEATTLE - For the second straight day, Cal Poly's Jimmy Van Ostrand hit two homeruns, belting a pair of three-run shots, as the Mustangs handed the 19th-rankedWashington baseball team an 18-3 loss Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
The loss marks the first time this season that the Huskies (15-7) have lost twoconsecutive games. Cal Poly improved to 15-8 on the year.
Van Ostrand finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and six runs batted in.Poly starter Bud Norris (5-1) picked up the victory, working seven innings, allowingthree runs on seven hits.
Van Ostrand, who drove in four of the Mustangs' five runs with two homers Saturday,picked up where he left off as he belted a three-run homer to center in the first inning tostake the visitors with a 3-0 lead. Later in the top of the first, shortstop Brent Morel addedto that lead with a two-run homer, making it 5-0 after half an inning.
Washington answered in with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. AfterCurt Rindal reached on an infield single, UW third baseman Matt Stevens lofted his ninthhome run of the season into the left-field bullpen to cut the lead to 5-2.
After failing to notch a base hit since the first, Cal Poly got back on the scoreboard in thesixth when second baseman Brent Walker's two-out, bases-loaded single drove in a pairof runs. A single from Grant Desme drove in another, increasing the Mustangs'advantage to 8-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Husky senior Zach Clem's seventh homer of the season, a line-drive to left with no runners on, made it an 8-3 Cal Poly lead.
In the seventh, Van Ostrand's second three-run homer of the day, which he sliced theopposite way just inside the right-field foul pole, highlighted a six-run inning that uppedthe lead to 14-3. In the eighth, a three-run homer from Josh Lansford was the big blow ina four-run inning that capped the Mustangs' offense for the day.
UW freshman starter Tyler Cheney (1-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on four hits overfive and two-thirds innings.
Game three is set for a noon first pitch Monday. Live audio and stats will be available atgohuskies.com. Wednesday, in a game added to the schedule last week, the Huskies willhost Puget Sound in a 6:00 p.m. game before traveling to Berkeley to face Cal in the firstPac-10 Conference series of the year next weekend.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameCal Poly 18, #19 Washington 3Cal Poly 500 003 640 -- 18 16 1Washington 020 001 000 -- 3 8 0Bud Norris, Matt Burgard (8), Eric Massingham (9) andJonathan Woodcox. Tyler Cheney, Matt Kasser (6),Nick Haughian (7), Jason Erickson (7), Geoff Nichols (9)and Matt Lane, Joey Dunn (8), D.J. Neyens (9). W - Norris(5-1). L - Cheney (1-2). 2B - CP, Woodcox, Jacob Luque. HR- CP, Jimmy Van Ostrand 2 (10), Brent Morel (3), JoshLansford (3); UW, Matt Stevens (9), Zach Clem (7). T -3:16. A - 517.