UW Wins 11th Of Last 13, 5-1 Over Portland

May 12, 2004

SEATTLE - Senior John Otness doubled and homered in three at bats as the 13th-rankedWashington baseball team won its 11th game in its last 13 with a 5-1 victory over Portland in anon-conference game Wednesday evening at Husky Ballpark.

The win improved the UW's season record to 30-15-1 and was the Huskies' 10th straight over thePilots (10-38).

Otness, the Husky third baseman from Tacoma, got the Husky scoring started with a solo homerto lead off the third and later doubled and scored in the seventh. In Tuesday's 20-4 win over thePilots, he was 4-for-6 with five runs batted in.

Three Husky pitchers held Portland to four hits and didn't walk a batter all game. UW freshmanJordan Ponzoha (1-0), from Tumwater, Wash., picked up his first career victory in a pre-determined, three-inning start. Ponzoha allowed only a single over three innings, striking out twoand walking none. Junior Jamie Hawkins allowed one run on two hits in his three innings andjunior Josh Conover gave up only a single over the game's final three frames to pick up a save.

Portland starter Given Kutz (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and three walkswhile striking out five in six and two-thirds innings. The loss dropped the Pilots' season record to10-38.

In the bottom of the third inning, Otness and catcher Ben Johnson belted the first two pitches fromKutz for back-to-back homers, the ninth of the year for Otness and seventh for Johnson, giving theHuskies a 2-0 lead.

The Pilots cut that lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth on third baseman Travis Vetters' one-out solohome run, his third of the season.

Neither team had drawn a walk until Kutz put Brent Lilliibridge and Greg Isaacson aboard on freepasses in the sixth. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, Lillibridge scored on a sacrifice flyfrom Nick Batkoski. In the seventh, Taylor Johnson's second double of the night drove in Otnessand Ben Johnson to increase the UW lead to 5-1.

Next up for the Huskies is a three-game series at USC this Friday through Sunday. Friday night,game time is 7:00 p.m. Saturday's game begins at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday's at 1:00 p.m. All threegames from USC will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCORENon-Conference#13 Washington 5, Portland 1Portland       000 100 000 -- 1 4 1Washington     002 001 20x -- 5 7 0Given Kutz, Sean Sargent (7) and Jeffrey Crinklaw. Jordan Ponzoha,Jamie Hawkins (4), Josh Conover (7) and Ben Johnson. W - Ponzoha(1-0). L - Kutz (2-3). Sv - Conover (1). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson2, John Otness. HR - UP, Travis Vetters (3); UW, Otness (9), B.Johnson (7). T - 1:57. A - 320. Records: UP 10-38, UW 30-15-1.
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