Knutson Gets Win No. 423 As UW Beats UCLA, 7-2

May 22, 2004

SEATTLE - Ken Knutson became the winningest coach in Washington baseball history Saturdayas his 13th-ranked Huskies beat UCLA, 7-2, in a Pac-10 Conference game Saturday at HuskyBallpark.

The win improved Knutson's career record to 423-270-2 in his 12 seasons in charge of his almamater. Knutson's former coach and mentor, Bob MacDonald, compiled a 422-322-7 record in his17 seasons (1977-92) at the UW.

The victory also kept the Huskies (34-17-1 overall, 15-8 in the Pac-10) in first place in theconference standings, a half-game ahead of top-ranked Stanford (41-11, 13-7). The Cardinal beatUSC, 5-4, Saturday. Washington's magic number for at least a share of the conference titledropped to two, though the Huskies have only one league game remaining while Stanford hasfour. UCLA fell to 30-26 overall and 11-9 in the league.

UW freshman ace Lincecum (9-2) worked the game's first eight innings to match his previous longof the season, holding the Bruins scoreless on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven.

The start of the game was delayed by about 90 minutes due to rain.

Washington moved out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Second baseman GregIsaacson reached on a one-out walk and scored when catcher Aaron Hathaway tripled off the centerfield wall. Hathaway made it 2-0 when he scored on Kyle Larsen's grounder to first.

In the fifth, center fielder Brent Lillibridge made it 3-0 when he hit a two-out solo homer to left, his10th round-tripper of the season. In the sixth, Husky left fielder Zach Clem greeted reliever KevinBrophy with a three-run homer, Clem's 13th of the year. Freshman designated hitter Matt Lanefollowed Clem's homer with one of his own and the UW led, 7-0.

UCLA had a few scoring chances in the middle innings. In the third, catcher Chris Denove led offwith a double and moved to third on a bunt before Lincecum got a strikeout and a flyout to end theinning. In the sixth, the Bruins loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks, butDenove flied to left for the third out.

In the ninth, with freshman Richie Lentz on in relief of Lincecum, the Bruins had two aboard withone out when Jarrad Page hit a ball out of the park to center field. However, Page passed WillPenniall, the baserunner at first, between first and second base and was called out. By rule, bothrunners scored, but Page was credited only with a two-run single that nonetheless broke up theUW's shutout bid.

Bruins starter David Johnson (2-3) took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits over five-plusinnings.

Washington closes out its Pac-10 schedule Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game vs. the Bruins. Nextweekend at Husky Ballpark, the regular season comes to an end with a three-game, non-conference series against UC Irvine.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#13 Washington 7, UCLA 2UCLA           000 000 002 -- 2 10 0Washington     200 014 00x -- 7  7 0David Johnson, Kevin Brophy (6) and Chris Denove. Tim Lincecum,Richie Lentz (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Lincecum (9-2). L -Johnson (2-3). 2B - UCLA, Denove. 3B - UW, Hathaway. HR - UW,Brent Lillibridge (10), Zach Clem (13), Matt Lane (5). T - 2:29. A- 433. Records: UCLA 30-26, 11-9 Pac-10; UW 34-17-1, 15-8 Pac-10.
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