Huskies Take Series With 8-5 Win At OSU

May 2, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A fourth-inning grand slam from junior right fielder Taylor Johnson proved the difference as the21st-ranked Washington baseball team beat Oregon State, 8-5, Sunday at Goss Stadium.

The win gave the Huskies (26-14-1 overall, 10-5 in the Pac-10) a 2-1 series win and left the UWalone in second place in the conference, a game and a half behind Stanford (35-6, 10-2). OregonState dropped into a tie for fourth place at 27-14 and 7-8 in league play.

UW freshman starter Tim Lincecum (5-1) worked five innings for the victory. He allowed fourruns (two earned) on four hits and seven walks while striking out nine. OSU freshman JonahNickerson (4-1) gave up six runs (five earned) over three and one-third to suffer the loss.Will Fenton threw the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Johnson, a junior from Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview HS), went 1-for-3 with four runs batted in,two runs and a stolen base on the day. His grand slam gave the Huskies a 6-1 lead at the time.

In the first inning, Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson walked, stole second and moved to thirdon a wild pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Larsen.

OSU came back to tie the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Aaron Mathews hit a two-outsolo homer, his third of the weekend, fourth against the Huskies this year and eighth of theseason.

In the third, Isaacson once again reached, this time on a single, before stealing second andeventually coming in on Larsen's second sacrifice fly of the day.

Washington broke the game open in the fourth on Johnson's grand slam. Matt Lane singled to leadoff and John Otness walked to put two aboard. Ben Johnson then followed with a grounder backto the mound. Pitcher Jonah Nickerson threw to second to begin a double play, but shortstop TonyCalderon had the ball go in and out of his glove, loading the bases for Taylor Johnson, whoseblast to right field was his fourth of the year and second of the weekend.

OSU came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Husky lead to 6-4. PaulRichie walked and moved to second on a wild pitch before a single from Calderon sent him home.After a walk and a strikeout put runners at first and second, Tyler Graham grounded to shortstopNick Batkoski, whose throw to third to try and get the lead runner went into the OSU dugout,allowing Calderon to score. Shea McFeely, who had walked, eventually scored on a wild pitch,but the Beavers, who drew four walks in the inning, left the bases loaded.

Washington tacked on a seventh run in the seventh when Isaacson reached on an error andeventually scored on a Batkoski single. Batkoski finished the day 3-for-5 while Isaacson, whoreached base 13 times in the three games, scored three runs in the game.

OSU had a chance to get back in the game in the bottom of the seventh as Mike Lissman singledand Cole Gillespie doubled to start the inning. The Huskies and reliever David Dowling escapedwithout allowing a run, however, after two sharp groundouts to third and a strikeout ended it.

The UW scored another in the eighth on an RBI single from Brent Lillibridge. In the bottom of theeighth, pinch hitter Andy Jenkins led off with a solo homer, his sixth, cutting the Washington leadto 8-5.

Next up for the Huskies is a showdown with Stanford, the second-ranked team in the nation, in abattle of the top two teams in the Pac-10 standings. Friday night, game time at Husky Ballpark is6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is 1:00 p.m. All three games will air live on KKNWAM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#21 Washington 8, Oregon State 5Washington       101 400 110 -- 8 11 1Oregon State     010 300 010 -- 5  8 2Tim Lincecum, David Dowling (6), Will Fenton (9) and Ben Johnson.Jonah Nickerson, Kevin Gunderson (4), Jared Sanders (7), NathanPendley (8), Jake McCormick (9) and Paul Richie. W - Lincecum (5-1). L - Nickerson (4-1). Sv - Fenton (6). 2B - OSU, Tyler Graham,Cole Gillespie. HR - UW, Taylor Johnson (4); OSU, Aaron Mathews(8), Andy Jenkins (6). T - 3:19. A - 912. Records: UW 26-14-1, 10-5 Pac-10; OSU 27-14, 7-8 Pac-10.
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