Erickson, Rife Lead UW Past USC, 3-0

May 2, 2009

SEATTLE - Senior Jason Erickson and two relievers combined on a shutout and Jake Rife went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in as the Washington baseball team blanked USC, 3-0, in a Pac-10 game Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

Last Saturday in Eugene, Erickson (3-4) threw a complete-game, six-hit shutout to beat Oregon, 2-0. Against the Trojans, he struck out a career-high nine, gave up six hits (all singles) and didn't walk a batter in his eight innings of work.

Geoff Brown, a sophomore lefty, gave up a single and hit a batter to begin the top of the ninth. Brown struck out the next batter before closer Brian Pearl came on and fanned the next two to claim his seventh save.

The Huskies (20-23 overall, 9-8 in the Pac-10) won their fifth straight Pac-10 game. After opening the conference season 1-5, they've gone 8-3 since. The UW also moved into fifth place, ahead of USC (22-22, 10-10), and could be tied for fourth by the end of the night if Arizona State beats Oregon State later on.

The Huskies posted a run in the first to move in front as Brendan Gardner-Young led off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout and then scored on an opposite-field double from Rife.

Rife came through again in the eighth as the Huskies added two big insurance runs. With a runner at second and two outs, he tripled to left-center to plate Caleb Brown. Kyle Conley followed with a single to send Rife home, stretching the lead to 3-0.

USC starter Andrew Triggs (4-3) pitched very well in the loss. After walking two and allowing the run in the first, he didn't give up another run until the eighth. He gave up only one flyball out all day and struck out seven in a complete game.

The three-game series wraps up with a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday. The game will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 3, USC 0USC           000 000 000 -- 0 7 0Washington    100 000 02x -- 3 6 0Andrew Triggs and Hector Rabago. Jason Erickson,Geoff Brown (9), Brian Pearl (9) and Brett Wilcox. W -Erickson (3-4). L - Triggs (4-3). Sv - Pearl (7). 2B - UW,Jake Rife. 3B - UW, Rife. T - 2:24. A - 580.
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