Lincecum Fans 18 In 5-0 Shutout Over UCLA
March 31, 2006
SEATTLE - Junior Tim Lincecum struck out a career-high 18 batters in a complete-game, two-hit shutout as the Washington baseball team opened a Pac-10 series vs. UCLAwith a 5-0 win Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
Husky junior Curt Rindal increased his hitting streak to 18 games with a double and ahome run in three at bats. Washington improved to 19-10 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 playwhile UCLA dropped to 15-12 and 0-1.
Lincecum (6-2), a right-hander from Renton's Liberty High, no-hit the Bruins throughfive and one-third innings and walked only one. Over his last 32 innings, Lincecum hasallowed only 10 hits and one earned run while striking out 44. His old career-best forstrikeouts was 15, set in 2004 and matched earlier this year.
The Bruins didn't manage a hit until a one-out bunt single from catcher Ryan Babineau inthe sixth inning and didn't get a ball out of the infield until a long flyout from Sean Smithto open the eighth. Babineau, the ninth hitter in the order, notched the only other UCLAhit with a clean single to right with two out in the eighth.
Lincecum struck out the first seven UCLA batters in order before a pair of groundouts forthe second and third outs in the third. He struck out three in an inning in the first, secondand seventh. The numbers three through six hitters in the UCLA finished the game acombined 0-for-13 with 12 strikeouts.
Bruins starter Hector Ambriz (4-4) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) onseven hits over seven-plus innings of work. He walked five and struck out nine.
Washington took a lead with a run in the second, but had a chance for more. With twoaboard, freshman right fielder Kyle Conley singled to drive in Rindal. However, theHuskies had a good opportunity for a big inning with runners at second and third an noouts. However, Ambriz struck out Matt Stevens and, after a hit batter loaded the bases, adouble play ended the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies broke through with three runs. After a BradleyBoyer double opened the inning, Matt Lane singled to right for one. Rindal, the Huskies'first baseman from Mt. Vernon, followed with a long home run to left, his fifth of theseason, to stake Lincecum with a 4-0 lead.
In the eighth, Lane reached on an error and eventually scored from third on a wild pitchto cap the Huskies' scoring.
The series continues with a 2:00 p.m. game Saturday and a 1:00 p.m. start Sunday. Bothwill air live on radio on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 5, UCLA 0UCLA 000 000 000 -- 0 2 1Washington 010 003 01x -- 5 7 1Hector Ambriz, Daniel Miltenberger (8) and Ryan Babineau.Tim Lincecum and Matt Lane. W - Lincecum (6-2). L - Ambriz(4-4). 2B - UW, Curt Rindal, Bradley Boyer. HR - UW, Rindal(5). T - 2:28. A - 665.