Parker Goes Distance In 7-2 Win At Ole Miss

June 5, 2004

OXFORD, Miss. - A five-run first inning and an outstanding, complete-game performance fromfreshman starter Kyle Parker kept the Washington baseball team alive in the NCAA OxfordRegional Saturday at Swayze Field as the 14th-ranked Huskies eliminated top seed and hostMississippi with a 7-2 win.

The Huskies (38-19-1) next face the loser of Saturday afternoon's Western Kentucky-Tulanegame. The winner of that game will advance to Sunday's championship round against the winnerof the UW game tonight.

Parker, a right-hander from Yakima's West Valley High, improved to 4-3 with the first completegame all season by a Husky pitcher. He allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one andstriking out seven. Of his 126 pitches, 88 were strikes.

The Huskies knocked Ole Miss ace Mark Holliman out of the game with a five-run outburst in thetop of the first inning. After Brent Lillibridge doubled and Greg Isaacson walked to open the game,Zach Clem laced an RBI single to left. Kyle Larsen followed with a single to plate Isaacson beforeHolliman struck out two straight UW batters for the first two outs.

Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway then drilled a triple to the gap in right-center, sending home twomore and, after a walk, he scored on a single from Taylor Johnson. Another walk would load thebases and force Holliman, an All-SEC first-teamer, from the game. Matt Maloney came on andfanned Isaacson, the 11th UW hitter in the inning, to end it with the UW in front, 5-0.

The Rebels (39-21), who were shut out 1-0 Friday night by Western Kentucky, finally got on thescoreboard in the fourth inning. Brian Pettway walked and moved to second on a groundout. Leftfielder Charlie Babineaux then laced a single to left and Clem, the UW left fielder threw home totry and get Pettway. The throw was in time, but the runner was called safe, instigating a heatedargument from Husky coaches and players as it looked as though Pettway may never have reachedthe plate.

The UW got the run back in the top of the fifth. Shortstop Nick Batkoski singled to lead off. Afterone strikeout, he stole second on another strike three for the second out and then scored whenJohn Otness singled to right center, putting the Husky lead at 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Ole Miss first baseman Stephen Head, the co-SEC Player of the Year,belted his 13th home run of the season to right-center, a solo blast that cut the UW lead to 6-2.

The Huskies added an insurance tally in the ninth when Hathaway drove in his third run of thegame with his third hit. Larsen, Lillibridge, Batkoski and Otness each had two hits in the game.

Holliman (9-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in only two-thirdsof an inning. Maloney was solid in long relief, going nearly the rest of the way before beingrelieved after allowing a run with two out in the top of the ninth. He ended up working eightinnings, allowing two runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out nine.

LINESCORENCAA Oxford Regional#14 Washington 7, #15 Ole Miss 2Washington     500 010 001 -- 7 15 0Ole Miss       000 101 000 -- 2  7 0Kyle Parker and Aaron Hathaway. Mark Holliman, Matt Maloney (1)and Barry Gunther. W - Parker (4-3). L - Holliman (9-3). 2B - UW,Brent Lillibridge. 3B - UW, Hathaway. HR - UM, Stephen Head (13).T - 2:38. A - 4,374. Records: UW 37-19-1, UM 39-20.
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