Otness Belts Two HRs As UW Routs UCLA, 13-2

May 11, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team hit five home runs, including two from thirdbaseman John Otness, and Clay Johnson started and threw six shutout innings as the Huskiesrouted UCLA, 13-2, in the final game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Johnson, a junior from Elma, improved to 5-3 on the year with the victory. He allowed five hitswhile walking three and striking out two. Trent Baysinger threw two innings and Brian Carterworked the ninth to preserve the win.

The win gave the Huskies a two-games-to-one series win over the Bruins and kept the Huskies insole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10. UW is now 35-15 overall and 10-8 in theconference. UCLA fell to 24-28 and 8-10.

Aside from two home runs from Otness, a junior from Tacoma who finished 3-for-5 with fourRBIs, the Huskies also got solo homers from Mike Wagner, Nick Batkoski and Tila Reynolds.Batkoski finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and a double. Reynolds was 2-for-4with a triple.

Washington scored three runs in a long and dramatic top of the first. With two outs and one run inon an RBI groundout from Wagner, Husky left fielder Chad Boudon belted a line drive down theleft-field line. Third base umpire John DeLuca called the liner a home run, giving Boudon the UWsingle-season record with his 20th of the year. However, after a discussion, the call was reversedand ruled a foul ball.

After a lengthy argument, play resumed and Boudon was hit in the shoulder with a 2-2 pitch.However, home plate umpire Ruben Candelaria ruled that Boudon had leaned into the pitch andkept Boudon in the batter's box, inciting another argument. Boudon ended up earning a walk tosquare things and Batkoski followed with a two-run double down the third-base line, giving theUW a 3-0 lead.

In the second, with two outs and none on, Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch. Reynolds followedwith a long drive to right-center that went in and out of the glove of right fielder Billy Susdorf,jumping at the fence. Reynolds ran out a triple, driving in Lillibridge, and the UW lead was 4-0.

The Huskies made it 6-0 in the fifth on a pair of solo homers from Wagner and Batkoski. It wasthe 11th homer of the season for Wagner and the third for Batkoski. In the sixth, Otness led offwith his fourth home run of the year, increasing the lead to 7-0.

In the seventh, the Huskies put the game away with four runs. With two on and two outs, Larsenpopped to shallow center, but the ball dropped for a double off of the glove of diving center fielderMatt Thayer, driving in both runs. Otness followed with a home run to center, his second of theday and fifth of the year, and Washington led, 11-0. Reynolds hit his homer in the eighth andOtness belted an RBI double in the ninth to cap the Husky scoring.

The Bruins posted both of their runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Preston Griffinand Brett McMillan hit RBI doubles.

UCLA starter Mike Kunes (4-2), who came within one out of a complete-game shutout last seasonvs. Washington, lasted only two innings to suffer the loss. The senior lefty allowed four runs onthree hits and two walks.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for the final six games of the regular season. Arizona Statecomes to Seattle next Saturday through Monday (May 17-19) and USC closes it out May 23-25.The UW will likely have to win three of six to make the postseason, as Pac-10 teams with above-.500 records in conference play historically get in to the tournament.

LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 13, UCLA 2Washington     310 021 411 -- 13 14  0UCLA           000 000 002 --  2 10  2Clay Johnson, Trent Baysinger (7), Brian Carter (9) andAaron Hathaway. Mike Kunes, Bryan Beck (3), Chris Cordiero (6),David Johnson (8), Kevin Jerkens (9) and Warren Trott. W - Johnson(5-3). L - Kunes (4-2). 2B - UW, Nick Batoski, Kyle Larsen,Steve Ramsey, John Otnes; UCLA, Chris Jensen, Billy Susdorf, SeanCarpenter, Preston Griffin, Brett McMillan. 3B - UW,Tila Reynolds. HR - UW, Mike Wagner (11), Batkoski (3), Otness 2(5). T - 3:02. A - 446. Records: UW 35-15, 10-8 Pac-10; UCLA 24-28, 8-10 Pac-10.The Washington baseball team hit five home runs, including two from thirdbaseman John Otness, and Clay Johnson started and threw six shutout innings as the Huskiesrouted UCLA, 13-2, in the final game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Johnson, a junior from Elma, improved to 5-3 on the year with the victory. He allowed five hitswhile walking three and striking out two. Trent Baysinger threw two innings and Brian Carterworked the ninth to preserve the win.

The win gave the Huskies a two-games-to-one series win over the Bruins and kept the Huskies insole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10. UW is now 35-15 overall and 10-8 in theconference. UCLA fell to 24-28 and 8-10.

Aside from two home runs from Otness, a junior from Tacoma who finished 3-for-5 with fourRBIs, the Huskies also got solo homers from Mike Wagner, Nick Batkoski and Tila Reynolds.Batkoski finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and a double. Reynolds was 2-for-4with a triple.

Washington scored three runs in a long and dramatic top of the first. With two outs and one run inon an RBI groundout from Wagner, Husky left fielder Chad Boudon belted a line drive down theleft-field line. Third base umpire John DeLuca called the liner a home run, giving Boudon the UWsingle-season record with his 20th of the year. However, after a discussion, the call was reversedand ruled a foul ball.

After a lengthy argument, play resumed and Boudon was hit in the shoulder with a 2-2 pitch.However, home plate umpire Ruben Candelaria ruled that Boudon had leaned into the pitch andkept Boudon in the batter's box, inciting another argument. Boudon ended up earning a walk tosquare things and Batkoski followed with a two-run double down the third-base line, giving theUW a 3-0 lead.

In the second, with two outs and none on, Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch. Reynolds followedwith a long drive to right-center that went in and out of the glove of right fielder Billy Susdorf,jumping at the fence. Reynolds ran out a triple, driving in Lillibridge, and the UW lead was 4-0.

The Huskies made it 6-0 in the fifth on a pair of solo homers from Wagner and Batkoski. It wasthe 11th homer of the season for Wagner and the third for Batkoski. In the sixth, Otness led offwith his fourth home run of the year, increasing the lead to 7-0.

In the seventh, the Huskies put the game away with four runs. With two on and two outs, Larsenpopped to shallow center, but the ball dropped for a double off of the glove of diving center fielderMatt Thayer, driving in both runs. Otness followed with a home run to center, his second of theday and fifth of the year, and Washington led, 11-0. Reynolds hit his homer in the eighth andOtness belted an RBI double in the ninth to cap the Husky scoring.

The Bruins posted both of their runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Preston Griffinand Brett McMillan hit RBI doubles.

UCLA starter Mike Kunes (4-2), who came within one out of a complete-game shutout last seasonvs. Washington, lasted only two innings to suffer the loss. The senior lefty allowed four runs onthree hits and two walks.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for the final six games of the regular season. Arizona Statecomes to Seattle next Saturday through Monday (May 17-19) and USC closes it out May 23-25.The UW will likely have to win three of six to make the postseason, as Pac-10 teams with above-.500 records in conference play historically get in to the tournament.

LINESCOREPacific-10 ConferenceWashington 13, UCLA 2Washington     310 021 411 -- 13 14  0UCLA           000 000 002 --  2 10  2Clay Johnson, Trent Baysinger (7), Brian Carter (9) andAaron Hathaway. Mike Kunes, Bryan Beck (3), Chris Cordiero (6),David Johnson (8), Kevin Jerkens (9) and Warren Trott. W - Johnson(5-3). L - Kunes (4-2). 2B - UW, Nick Batoski, Kyle Larsen,Steve Ramsey, John Otnes; UCLA, Chris Jensen, Billy Susdorf, SeanCarpenter, Preston Griffin, Brett McMillan. 3B - UW,Tila Reynolds. HR - UW, Mike Wagner (11), Batkoski (3), Otness 2(5). T - 3:02. A - 446. Records: UW 35-15, 10-8 Pac-10; UCLA 24-28, 8-10 Pac-10.
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