Huskies Sweep Doubleheader From UVSC

March 28, 2005

SEATTLE - Husky pitchers held Utah Valley State hitters to two runs on seven hits over two games as the Washington baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Wolverines Monday at Husky Ballpark, winning by scores of 3-1 and 11-1.

The two wins moved the Huskies to 16-10 on the season and kept their home record perfect at 9-0. Washington has won 12 straight home games dating back to last season. Utah Valley State, now in its second year in NCAA Division I, fell to 9-20 on the year.

Senior starter David Dowling (3-0) got the win in game one, working six and two-thirds innings and allowing only one unearned run on three hits and no walks. UVSC's six-foot-nine starter Kam Mickolio (2-4) suffered the loss despite surrendering just one earned run on four hits over seven innings.

In the second game, UW freshman Brandon McKerney (2-0), making his first college start after eight relief appearances, faced only one over the minimum in his six innings. The right-hander from Meadowdale High gave up only a single, didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

In the first inning of the opener, the Huskies took advantage of a two-out fielding error by Wolverines third baseman Reno Mendenhall that allowed Zach Clem to reach first. First baseman Kyle Larsen followed with a line-drive home run into a stiff wind to give the Huskies a 2-0 edge.

In the fifth, UVSC made use of a Husky error to post their first run. Eli Slesk reached when his fly ball to deep center was dropped by UW freshman Michael Burgher. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Slesk scored on a sacrifice fly from Cory Newton. The UW scored its third run in the sixth when Brent Lillibridge doubled and scored on a Nick Batkoski sacrifice fly.

The Wolverines threatened in the ninth, getting runners at first and second with one out, but the lead runner was caught stealing at third base on a busted hit-and-run and Slesk popped to short to end the game, giving UW senior reliever Josh Conover his third save.

In the nightcap, the Huskies opened the scoring in the third when Lillibridge doubled and scored on a single from Clem.

In the Huskies' seven-run fifth inning, Lillibridge reached on an error and Clem singled to put runners at the corners for Larsen, whose double drove them both home. Larsen later scored on a single from freshman second baseman Kiel Lillibridge, who was making his first Husky start. The UW went on to load the bases in the sixth and right fielder Taylor Johnson doubled to drive in three before scoring on a Brent Lillibridge single to give the Huskies a 8-0 lead.

Utah Valley State scored its lone run of game two in the eighth off of freshman reliever Nick Hagadone. Dan Bulow and Todd Bateman singled to start the inning and Bulow scored on the second of two groundouts.

The UW scored its final three runs on RBI singles from Ryan Anderson, Kiel Lillibridge and Nick Jiles in the eighth.

Brady Drake (2-3) took the loss in game two, allowing seven runs (only two earned) on six hits over four and two-thirds.

The Huskies and Wolverines close out the two-day, three-game series Tuesday with a 1:00 p.m. Live stats and audio for the game are available at

LINESCORESDoubleheader - Game OneWashington 3, Utah Valley State 1Utah Valley    000 010 000 -- 1 3 2Washington     200 001 00X -- 3 4 2Kam Mickolio, Brett Guerrero (8) and Cory Newton. David Dowling, JoshConover (7) and Matt Lane. W - Dowling (3-0). L - Mikolio (2-4). Sv -Conover (3). 2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge, Lane. HR - UW, Kyle Larsen (5). T - 2:17.

Doubleheader - Game TwoWashington 11, Utah Valley State 1Utah Valley 000 000 010 -- 1 4 2Washington 001 070 03X -- 11 14 0Brady Drake, Brett Guerrero (5), Beau Giles (8) and Dan Bulow. BrandonMcKerney, Nick Hagadone (7) and Joey Dunn, D.J. Neyens (8). W - McKerney(2-0). L - Drake (2-3). Sv - Hagadone (1). 2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge,Kyle Larsen, Taylor Johnson, Dunn. T - 2:41. A - 247.

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