UW Comes Back To Beat USC, 8-6, In 10 Innings

May 14, 2004

LOS ANGELES - After allowing six runs in the bottom of the first, the 13th-ranked Washingtonbaseball team held USC scoreless the rest of the way and came back to beat the Trojans, 8-6 in 10innings, Friday night in the first game of a three-game, Pac-10 series at Dedeaux Field.

After scoring two in the ninth to tie the game at 6-6, the Huskies pushed across a run in the 10th ona two-out bloop single from right fielder Taylor Johnson. Matt Lane led off the 10th with a single.Pinch runner Nick Burnham then moved to second on a bunt and, after a fly ball for the secondout, Johnson fisted a full-count pitch into shallow center to send home Burnham. An RBI singlefrom Greg Isaacson pushed across an eighth run.

UW freshman Tim Lincecum (8-1) struck out two in his one inning of work, the ninth, to pick upthe win. UW junior closer Will Fenton fanned two in the bottom of the 10th to record his seventhsave of the season. USC reliever Austin Miller (0-1) suffered the loss.

The win moved the Huskies into a tie for the Pac-10 lead in terms of games behind. Washingtonimproved its record to 31-15-1 overall and 13-6 in the Pac-10, tied atop the standings with idleStanford (38-8, 11-4), which begins a series at Arizona Saturday. USC fell to 21-26, 7-9 in theconference.

USC, which last played a game on May 3, showed little rust in the first inning, scoring six runs,including five with two outs. With Michael Moon already in on a passed ball, the Trojans got anRBI single from Jon Brewster and then three straight walks, the last two of which forced in runs.Moon, the USC leadoff man, singled in his second at bat of the inning, driving in two to cap thebig first inning.

Washington began to chip away at the USC lead when sophomore left fielder Zach Clem led offthe fourth with his 11th homer of the year, driving a pitch over the center field wall. In the fifth,the Huskies got two more on a two-run double from Brent Lillibridge. Lillibridge moved to thirdon a wild pitch with no outs, but didn't score as USC ace Ian Kennedy got two infield popups anda strikeout to end the inning with the Trojans still on top, 6-3.

In the seventh, the UW got back-to-back singles from John Otness and Johnson to open theinning. After an out, Kennedy was relieved by Michael Friedman, who struck out the only batterhe faced. With Clayton Wentworth on to pitch, Clem singled to right to drive in Otness. KyleLarsen followed with a line drive to right that seemed destined to send home another run, but CyleHankerd made a sliding grab to end the inning with USC in front, 6-4.

Washington went down in order in the eighth, but put the pressure on again in the ninth. Otnessled off with a single and Johnson walked to open the ninth. Lillibridge forced Johnson at secondon a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners with one out. USC southpaw Josh Rummondscame on to face left-handed hitting Isaacson, who belted a 2-2 pitch for a double down the left-fieldline to drive in both runners, tying the score at 6-6.

After giving up the six runs in the first, UW freshman starter Kyle Parker held the Trojansscoreless over the next four innings before giving way to Trent Baysinger to start the sixth.Baysinger allowed only a hit in his three innings of relief.

Saturday's UW-USC game begins at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday's at 1:00 p.m. Both games will airlive on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#13 Washington 8, USC 6, 10 InningsWashington     000 120 102 2 -- 8 14 0USC            600 000 000 0 -- 6  6 1Kyle Parker, Trent Baysinger (6), Tim Lincecum (9), Will Fenton(10) and Aaron Hathaway. Ian Kennedy, Michael Friedman (7),Clayton Wentworth (7), Josh Rummonds (9), Austin Miller (9) andJeff Clement. W - Lincecum (8-1). L - Miller (0-1). Sv - Fenton(7). 2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge, Greg Isaacson. HR - UW, Zach Clem(11). T - 3:42. A - 283. Records: UW 31-15-1, 13-6 Pac-10; USC 21-26, 7-9 Pac-10.
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