Parker Pitches UW To 5-3 Win Over UCI

May 28, 2004

SEATTLE - UW freshman Kyle Parker out-dueled UC Irvine ace Brett Smith Friday night as the 13th-rankedWashington baseball team beat the Anteaters, 5-3, in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark.

Parker (3-3), a right-hander from Yakima, surrendered only one run on five hits -- including threethat didn't leave the infield -- over six and two-thirds innings for the win. He walked two andstruck out six. The Huskies improved to 35-18-1 on the season while Irvine fell to 34-19-1.

Parker, who walked the first batter of the game but got a double play that inning, didn't allow a hitand faced the minimum over the first four innings before Cody Cipriano reached on an infieldsingle to lead off the fifth. After a bunt, David Kennedy put runners at first and third with aninfield single, but another double play ended Irvine's first threat of the game.

Smith, who entered the weekend series ranked 13th in the nation with his 1.97 earned run average,suffered the loss to fall to 8-4 on the season. The All-America hopeful surrendered five runs (fourearned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight in six-plus innings.

Husky center fielder Brent Lillibridge gave the UW an early lead when he hit Smith's first offeringof the first inning out to left-center field for his 11th home run of the season. Seven of those 11homers have come to lead off a game.

Washington tacked on two more runs in the fifth. With one down, Greg Isaacson walked andmoved to third on a Zach Clem double. Kyle Larsen followed by dumping a single to shallowcenter in between three converging fielders, sending home Isaacson. Aaron Hathaway singledsharply to center to drive in Clem and Washington led, 3-0.

In the sixth, UC Irvine broke up the shutout with a run. Gary Dudrey walked with one down,moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Matt Anderson's double down theright-field line drove in Dudrey to cut the lead to 3-1. After a single put runners at the corners,Parker fanned Cody Cipriano to the end the inning with only one run in.

The UW used some good fortune in the seventh to add another two runs. Clem struck out to leadoff, but reached when the third pitch went to the backstop. Larsen followed with a would-bedouble-play grounder back to the mound, but Smith's throw was mis-handled by shortstop ChadLundahl, putting two aboard.

Hathaway followed with a liner to left that dropped in front of diving left fielder Jordan Szabo. Asthe ball got away from Szabo, both runners came home, chasing Smith from the game and uppingthe Husky lead to 5-1.

Irvine rallied in the ninth, scoring a pair of runs with two down in the ninth. Husky closerWill Fenton came on with one out and two runners aboard. After striking out pinch hitter AndyAmara, Fenton surrendered a two-run double to Tim Stewart. Gregg Wallis, however, flied tocenter to end the game, giving Fenton his eighth save.

Hathaway finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs batted in while Lillibridge went 3-for-5 withone RBI on the home run.

In other Pac-10 action, Stanford retained its spot in first place in the conference standings with a 5-0 win over Arizona State. The Sun Devils must now beat the Cardinal both Saturday and Sundayto give the Huskies a share of the conference championship. One more Stanford win will give theCardinal the outright title.

The Huskies and Anteaters continue the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday,the two teams bring the regular season to a conclusion with another 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCORENon-Conference#13 Washington 5, UC Irvine 3UC Irvine      000 001 002 -- 3  8 1Washington     100 020 20x -- 5 10 1Brett Smith, David Huff (7), Steve Schroer (7) and Mark Wagner.Kyle Parker, Trent Baysinger (7), Will Fenton (9) andAaron Hathaway. W - Parker (3-3). L - Smith (8-4). Sv - Fenton(8). 2B - UCI, Matt Anderson. UW, Zach Clem, Hathaway,Matt Tucker. HR - UW, Brent Lillibridge (11). T - 3:19. A - 389.Records: UCI 34-19-1, UW 35-18-1.
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