Huskies Hit Four Homers In 10-3 Win At Portland

March 26, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - The 24th-ranked Washington baseball team got four home runs and a solid startingperformance from starter Clay Johnson to hand Portland a 10-3 loss Wednesday in thesecond of a two-game, non-conference series at Pilot Stadium.

The win was the Huskies' 14th in their last 15 games.

Johnson, who hadn't earned a win since beating then-No. 11 Houston on Feb. 9,improved to 2-2 on the year with a six-inning outing. He allowed three runs on six hitswhile striking out eight.

Washington (18-7) opened the scoring with two runs in the first. After two quick outs, firstbaseman Kyle Larsen reached first when UP pitcher Daniel Knox missed the bag aftertaking a throw from the first baseman on a ground ball. Husky left fielder Chad Boudonfollowed the error with his seventh home run of the year, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead andmoving into a share of the team lead for homers.

After a third Husky run in the second inning, Washington opened its lead to 6-0 whencatcher Ben Johnson belted a three-run homer. The home run was the first hit of the yearfor Johnson, who'd had only 13 previous at bats in his backup role.

Portland (4-20) got on the board in the third inning on a two-run homer from right fielderKory Casto, his fifth of the year. After another UP run cut the Huskies' lead to 6-3, UWthird baseman John Otness extended it to 8-3 with a two-run homer in the seventh, his firstof the year. After a walk, freshman center fielder Brent Lillibridge belted a two-run homer,the first of his career, making it 10-3.

Knox (0-5), who gave up 10 runs (eight earned) over six and two-thirds innings, sufferedthe loss for the Pilots. Center fielder Tyler Perkins had four hits and two runs in five at batsto lead the Portland offense.

The Huskies open the Pac-10 Conference season this Friday through Sunday at No. 8Stanford. All three games will air live on KKNW AM-1150, and via the internet

LINESCORE#24 Washington 10, Portland 3Washington     213 000 400 -- 10 12  0Portland       002 010 000 --  3  8  2Clay Johnson, Trent Baysinger (7), Scott Robertson (8),Brian Carter (9) and Ben Johnson. Daniel Knox, JustinBallweber (7) and Brock Griffin, Joe Watson (5). W - C.Johnson (2-2). L - Knox (0-5). 2B - UW, Tila Reynolds,John Otness, Nick Batkoski; UP, Trevor Hahn, Tyler Perkins.HR - UW, Chad Boudon (7), B. Johnson (1), Otness (1),Brent Lillibridge (1); UP, Kory Casto (5). T - 2:50. A - 123.Records: UW 18-7; UP 4-20.
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