Diamond Dawgs Rout USC, 13-4

May 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Left fielder Zach Clem went 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs batted in andsophomore Matt Kasser allowed two earned runs over seven and two-thirds innings as the 13th-ranked Washington baseball team beat USC, 13-4, Saturday at Dedeaux Field in the second gameof a three-game Pac-10 series.

The win moved the Huskies, at least temporarily, into first place in the Pac-10 at 32-15-1 overalland 14-6 in the conference. Stanford, at 38-8 and 11-4 in the league, begins a three-game seriesSaturday night at Arizona. USC fell to 21-27 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-10.

Kasser, a right-hander from Issaquah, improved to 3-0 with the win. He held the Trojans scorelessthrough the first five innings and finished having allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits, sixwalks and two strikeouts in the longest outing of his career.

Aside from Clem's 3-for-4 day, the UW also got four hits in six at bats from center fielderBrent Lillibridge and two hits each from Nick Batkoski, John Otness, Matt Lane and Aaron Hathaway.The Huskies posted 19 hits in the game while USC managed eight.

Washington got the first lead of the game in the second. With Otness aboard on a one-out single,freshman designated hitter Lane blasted a long home run to right field, his fourth of the season, togive the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Huskies loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single.Taylor Johnson's sacrifice fly brought home Otness and Lillibridge singled up the middle to drivein Lane, increasing the Washington edge to 4-0.

Washington tacked on three more in the fifth. After back-to-back singles from Clem andKyle Larsen began the inning, Batkoski lined a single to center to send home Clem and chase USCstarter Bret Butler from the game. After a long flyout off of reliever Matt Cassel put runners at firstand third, Lane dumped a bloop double down the left-field line to drive home Larsen and leaverunners at second and third.

Hathaway followed the double by grounding sharply to first. After the out was made at first, Lanewas caught off of second as Batkoski had not tried to score. Lane got in a rundown and Batkoskibroke for the plate. The rundown sent Batkoski back to third and Lane got in another rundown,allowing Batkoski to break a second time. This time, the throw home from second baseman BlakeSharpe was launched over the man covering the plate, allowing Batkoski to score to make it 7-0,Huskies.

Washington added two more in the sixth as Lillibridge singled and scored on a Clem double. Clemeventually came in on a Larsen groundout to increase the lead to 9-0.

USC was held scoreless for 14 straight innings since scoring six in the first inning of Friday'sgame. The Trojans finally plated a run in the sixth inning. Jon Brewster tripled to lead off andscored on a sacrifice fly from Sharpe.

Washington tacked on three more in the seventh on a three-run homer from Clem, his second ofthe weekend and 12th of the year. USC scored its second run in the seventh when Hector Estrelladouble, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. The Trojans got two more inthe eighth when Daniel Perales' single drove in one and an error allowed a second to come across.

Washington scored its 13th run in the top of the ninth when reserve right fielder Matt Tucker, whoalso turned in a spectacular sliding catch in foul ground in the eighth, hit his second homer of theyear, a solo shot to right-center. Tucker also threw out a runner trying to score on a fly ball to endthe game in the ninth.

Butler, a junior from Woodinville, suffered the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season. He allowed sevenruns (six earned) on nine hits in four-plus innings.

The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game, which will air live in Seattle on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#13 Washington 13, USC 4Washington     020 232 301 -- 13 19 3USC            000 001 120 --  4  9 1Matt Kasser, Richie Lentz (8) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (6).Bret Butler, Matt Cassel (5), Scott Scharlach (7), Cole Ganser (8)and Jeff Clement. W - Kasser (3-0). L - Butler (4-3). 2B - UW,Matt Lane, Zach Clem, John Otness, Brent Lillibridge; USC, JonBrewster, Daniel Perales, Hector Estella, Clement. 3B - USC,Brewster. HR - UW, Lane (4), Clem (12), Matt Tucker (2). T - 2:56.A - 267. Records: UW 32-15-1, 14-6 Pac-10; USC 21-27, 7-10 Pac-10.
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