Huskies Hammer Georgia Tech, 16-2
April 18, 2004
ATLANTA - The Washington baseball team posted eight runs in the second inning, belting twohomers and a three-run double in that inning alone, and Tim Lincecum allowed no runs on one hitwhile striking out nine over six innings as the Huskies coasted to a 16-2 win over Georgia TechSunday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The victory gave the Huskies (21-13-1) a 2-1 win in the series after losing Friday night andwinning Saturday. Georgia Tech dropped to 21-17 on the season.
Lincecum (4-1) didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, when leadoff man Eric Patterson began theinning with a clean single to right field. He also moved into third place on the UW single-seasonstrikeouts list, with 96 on the year. The freshman from Liberty High walked three in his six-inningouting.
Freshman designated hitter Matt Lane got the second inning off to a good start, blasting a longhome run to right field, his third. After an out, the Huskies loaded the bases for junior shortstopNick Batkoski, who cleared them with a double down the right field line.
After a Zach Clem single drove home Batkoski, a single and a walk put two more Huskies aboardfor senior catcher Ben Johnson, whose fifth home run of the season gave Washington an early 8-0lead and chased senior starter Brian Burks from the game.
In the third, the Huskies continued the onslaught. John Otness led off with a double to right-center. After an out, Brent Lillibridge walked to put two runners on base for Batkoski, who drovea John Goodman pitch over the fence in left, his first home run of the season. Batkoski finished up2-for-5 with a homer, a double and six runs batted in.
In the eighth, Washington added five runs when Tech reliever Jason Neighborgall, touted as oneof the nation's hardest throwers, walked the first seven batters he faced and then hit Brian Bauerwith a pitch. After Neighborgall was pulled after the hit batter, Taylor Johnson drove in a run witha single before a double play ended the inning. If not for a Husky being thrown out trying toadvance on a wild pitch, the Huskies would have plated a sixth run in the frame.
Yellowjackets starter Brian Burks (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) onsix hits over one and one-third innings. Tech used eight pitchers in the game.
Tech scored its first run in the eighth when Tyler Greene reached on a bunt single and scored on atwo-out double from Brandon Boggs. Mike Nickeas led off the ninth with a home run to accountfor the Jackets' other tally.
Lane finished with three hits and two RBIs in five at bats.
The Huskies return to Pac-10 play next Friday through Sunday when Arizona visits HuskyBallpark for a three-game series. Friday night's game (6:30 p.m.) featured one-dollar hot dogs.Admission is free to Saturday's 1:00 p.m. game, a part of the annual Spring Fling. Finally,Sunday, also a 1:00 p.m. start, is autograph day.
LINESCOREWashington 16, Georgia Tech 2Washington 083 000 050 -- 16 13 0Georgia Tech 000 000 011 -- 2 5 2Tim Lincecum, Trent Baysinger (7), Richie Lentz (9) andBen Johnson. Brian Burks, John Goodman (2), Nick Wagner (3), JaredHyatt (5), Philip Perry (7), Jason Neighborgall (8), Ryan Turner(8), Jordan Crews (9) and Mike Nickeas. W - Lincecum (4-1). L -Burks (2-5). 2B - UW, Zach Clem, Nick Batkoski, John Otness,Greg Isaacson; GT, Brandon Boggs. HR - UW, Matt Lane (3), B. Johnson (5), Batkoski (1); GT - . T - 3:00. A - 1,928. Records: UW21-13-1; GT 21-17.