Huskies Blast Bruins, 16-5, In Regular Season Finale
May 29, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team used two homers from Matt Lane andanother from Nick Batkoski to complete a sweep of UCLA Sunday at Jackie RobinsonStadium. The Huskies beat the Bruins, 16-5, on the final day of the regular season,keeping their hopes of receiving an NCAA tournament berth alive.
Washington finished the year 33-22 overall and 12-12 in Pac-10 play. With Stanfordlosing to USC Sunday, the Huskies tied with the Cardinal for sixth place in theconference standings as seven of nine league teams finished at .500 or better inconference play. UCLA fell to 15-41 overall and 4-20 in the Pac-10.
Lane, a sophomore from Port Angeles, finished 2-for-3 with five RBI and four runsscored while Batkoski, a senior from Federal Way, went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in.The UW also got three hits and two RBI each from Matt Hague and Taylor Johnson andtwo singles and three runs batted in from shortstop Brent Lillibridge.
Husky sophomore Kyle Parker (8-7), who struggled in the early innings, settled in to earnthe win. After allowing four runs in the first two innings, he held UCLA to only one hitover his final five innings of work. He finished having allowed four runs on seven hitsover seven innings.
The Bruins got in front with two runs in the first inning. A single from right fielder ChrisJensen drove in Will Penniall with the first score and Eric Taylor followed with a doubleto give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
Washington answered quickly in the second. After Kyle Larsen was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, Lane belted the next delivery out to right field for his fifth home run of theseason.
In the second, UCLA loaded the bases with no outs on three straight singles. WillPenniall's single put the Bruins on top, 3-2 and Brett McMillan grounded into a doubleplay to plate UCLA's fourth run.
Washington answered back again in the top of the fourth. After Lane was hit by a pitch,Batkoski homered to left to tie the game at 4-4.
In the fifth, the Huskies took their first lead on a three-run shot from Lane, his second ofthe game and sixth of the year.
Washington scored one more in the sixth and four in the seventh, including one on anRBI single from Batkoski, to increase the lead to 12-4.
UCLA scored its fifth run in the eighth on a solo homer from Jensen. The UW, however,scored four more in the ninth to cap the blowout.
Bruins' senior starter Bryan Beck (1-11) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on ninehits over six innings.
Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. PDT, the 64-team NCAA tournament field will beannounced on ESPN. The Huskies will have no official gathering to watch theannouncement, but if they are selected, they will practice Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.at Husky Ballpark. Any press wishing to speak with Husky coaches or players shouldarrive at the field around 1:30 p.m., if the UW makes the tournament.
LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 16, UCLA 5Washington 020 231 404 -- 16 15 1UCLA 220 000 010 -- 5 9 2Kyle Parker, Emmanuel Pedroza (8), Brandon McKerney (8),Keaton Everitt (9) and Joey Dunn. Bryan Beck, Daniel Reid(7), Kevin Brophy (7), Garett White (8), Adam Simon (9) andChris Denove. W - Parker (8-7). L - Beck (1-11). 2B - UW,Taylor Johnson; UCLA, Chris Jensen, Parker Hanks. HR - UW,Matt Lane 2 (6), Nick Batkoski (6); UCLA, Jensen (7). T -3:08. A - 413.
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