No. 24 Huskies Beat No. 8 Stanford, 5-3
March 28, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. -- - Senior pitcher Sean White won his fourth consecutive start andChad Boudon went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in as the 24th-rankedWashington baseball team opened Pac-10 play with a 5-3 win over No. 8 Stanford Fridaynight at Sunken Diamond in the first game of a three-game league series.
White, a righty from Mercer Island, didn't allow a run until the eighth inning, workingseven and a third to improve to 4-3. He allowed nine hits, but didn't walk a batter andstruck out six.
The Huskies, winners of 15 of their last 16 games, improved to 19-7 overall and 1-0 in thePac-10 while Stanford dropped to 16-9 and 2-2.
Washington took a 3-0 lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Stanford starter JohnHudgins walked Greg Isaacson and Kyle Larsen to open in the inning. After a popout,Taylor Johnson doubled down the left-field line to drive in a run. Catcher Aaron Hathawayfollowed with a sacrifice fly to send in another and Johnson scored on a single fromBoudon, a Shorewood High grad and transfer from Hawaii.
Boudon had a chance for another RBI in the sixth, as his two-out single had Johnsonrunning for the plate again. Stanford left fielder Brian Hall, however, threw a strike to theplate to gun down Johnson and the lead remained 3-0.
In the seventh, the Huskies ended the inning once again with an out at the plate asJohn Otness tried to score on a pitch that got away from catcher Ryan Garko. Garko,however, tossed to Hudgins, who laid the tag in time to get the final out of the inning.
The Cardinal had their first good chance to score in the bottom of the seventh. With twodown, Jonny Ash singled and Tobin Swope doubled to put runners at second and third,but White got pinch hitter Jed Lowrie to fly out to center to end the threat.
In the eighth, the Huskies made their last out at the plate for the thrid time in the game.Larsen tried to score from second base on a wild pitch that Garko was unable to locate. Asreliever Drew Ehrlich raced the get the ball, the plate was left open and Larsen tried toscore, but first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. got to the plate just in time to take the throwand lay a tag on Larsen.
Stanford finally broke through in the eighth when Garko lined a one-out double down theleft-field line, driving in Sam Fuld, who had singled. White was replaced by relieverBrian Carter with runners at second and third and one out. White got Danny Putnam to popout and then induced a groundout from Mayberry, the Mariners' first-round draft pick lastsummer, to end the inning.
In the ninth, Boudon's team-leading eighth homer of the year, a towering shot to left with arunner on first, added two important insurance runs for the Huskies.
In the bottom of the ninth, Stanford loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. With twoouts, Carlos Quentin hit a 1-2 pitch for a two-run single to draw his team within two runs,but Carter got Garko to end the game on a groundout, recording his fifth save.
Hudgins (4-2) worked seven innings to suffer the loss, allowing three runs on eight hitsand four walks while striking out five. He had entered the game having walked only ninebatters in 57 innings all season.
Quentin and third baseman Jonny Ash each had three hits to lead the Cardinal offense whileJohnson had two hits for Washington.
The Huskies and Cardinal go at it again Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live onKKNW AM-1150 and also via the internet at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE#24 Washington 5, #8 Stanford 3Washington 000 300 002 -- 5 9 1Stanford 000 000 012 -- 3 12 1Sean White, Brian Carter (8) and Aaron Hathaway. JohnHudgins, Drew Ehrlich (8), Jonny Dyer (9), Billy Paganetti(9) and Ryan Garko. W - White (4-3). L - Hudgins (4-2). Sv -Carter (5). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson; STAN, Danny Putnam,Tobin Swope, Garko. 3B - UW, Greg Isaacson. HR - UW,Chad Boudon (8). T - 3:10. A - 1,704. Records: UW 19-7, 1-0Pac-10; STAN 16-9, 2-2 Pac-10.