Huskies Break Streak With 7-3 Win At Tech

April 17, 2004

ATLANTA - Sophomore Matt Kasser allowed three runs over six and two-thirds innings as theWashington baseball team built a 5-0 lead and hung on to beat Georgia Tech, 7-3, Saturdayevening at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Huskies, who improved to 20-13-1 on theseason. Georgia Tech fell to 21-16 with the loss.

Kasser, a sophomore from Issaquah making his third career start, improved to 2-0 with the win.He didn't allow the Yellowjackets to plate a run until the sixth inning and finished with seven hitsand four walks to go with four strikeouts. Tech freshman starter Lee Hyde (3-2), allowed fourruns on six hits over two-plus innings to take the loss.

Zach Clem went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs to lead the Huskies offense.Kyle Larsen, Nick Batkoski and Brent Lillibridge each tallied two hits.

Washington, which didn't get its first hit until the fifth inning in Friday's 8-4 loss, got off to amuch quicker start Saturday, scoring runs in each of the game's first four innings.

Lillibridge walked to lead off the game. After moving around to third on a wild pitch and an error,he scored on a John Otness groundout. In the second, Larsen doubled to lead off and eventuallyscored on a two-out infield single from Lillibridge.

In the third, the Huskies continued their roll, posting two more. After Batkoski singled to lead off,Clem belted a double down the left field line that drove in Batkoski all the way from first. A hitbatter and a flyout put runners at the corners and Larsen blooped a single to shallow right to sendClem home, upping the UW lead to 4-0.

Lillibridge led off the fourth by doubling off the very top of the fence down the right-field line.After moving to third, he scored when third baseman Wes Hodges uncorked a wild throw on agrounder from Clem. UW led 5-0.

Georgia Tech didn't manage a run until the sixth inning. Steven Blackwood singled through theright side to start the rally and Micah Owngs, the starting DH who came on to pitch in the fourthinning, smashed a double to center, scoring Blackwood all the way from first. After a wild pitchand a walk put runners at the corners, Mike Nickeas grounded into a double play, scoring Owingsfrom third, but emptying the bases. A groundout from pinch hitter Whit Robbins ended the threat.

Tech scored a third run in the seventh inning when Michael Patterson's sacrifice fly scoredshortstop Tyler Greene from third.

Owings, who gave up the long double to Lillibridge to begin his relief pitching outing, held theHuskies hitless until the ninth. After having fanned five straight Huskies, the former second-rounddraft choice walked Batkoski with one out in the ninth and Clem followed with his 10th home runof the season, a blast to left-center field that increased the Husky lead to 7-3.

Sunday's series finale begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The radio broadcast will air on a two-hour tapedelay, beginning at noon Pacific time on KKNW AM-1150

LINESCOREWashington 7, Georgia Tech 3Washington      112 100 002 -- 7 9 0Georgia Tech    000 002 100 -- 3 8 2Matt Kasser, David Dowling (7), Will Fenton (9) and Ben Johnson.Lee Hyde, Aaron Walker (3), Micah Owings (4) and Mike Nickeas. W -Kasser (2-0). L - Hyde (3-2). 2B - UW, Kyle Larsen, Zach Clem,Brent Lillibridge; GT, Owings. HR - UW, Clem (10). T - 2:57. A -1,886. Records: UW 20-13-1; GT 21-16.
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