Clem Belts Three Homers As Huskies Edge Portland, 11-10
April 4, 2006
SEATTLE - Senior Zach Clem became only the fourth Husky on record to hit threehome runs in a game and Matt Hague made up for an earlier error with a crucial hit in theeighth Tuesday night as the Washington baseball team out-slugged Portland, 11-10, in anon-conference game at Husky Ballpark.
Clem, the Huskies' left fielder from Burlington-Edison High School, belted two solohomers and a two-run shot to join Tyler Davidson (2002), Chad Boudon (2003) and KyleLarsen (2004) as the only UW players to hit three home runs in a game. Clem leads thePac-10 with 13 homers, three more than teammate Matt Stevens.
The game featured a total of nine homers, six by the Huskies (21-10) and three from thePilots, who fell to 10-18 in the loss.
Down 10-9 in the bottom of the eighth, the Huskies had two runners aboard when Haguesingled to center field to send home Danny Cox to tie the game. However, the ball wasmishandled by UP centerfielder Justin Ehlers, allowing Ryan Anderson to score fromfirst with the go-ahead run.
Elliott Cribby (4-2), who came on in the eighth and allowed on unearned run thanks to aball dropped in center field by Hague, picked up the win. Tim Lincecum struck out two inthe ninth for his first career save. Pilots closer Austin Dirkx (1-3) suffered the loss.
Sophomore right-hander Richie Lentz started the game for Washington, his first actionsince undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last spring. Lentz was greeted rudely asPilots leadoff hitter Sean Nicol drove the second pitch of the game over the fence in leftfor his second homer of the season.
Senior Matt Kasser took over for Lentz, who was limited to 20 pitches in his first outing,to start the second. After two quick outs, five straight Pilots reached base, four by hitsand one an error, to score three more Portland runs.
In the bottom of the second, the Huskies got on the board on Clem's first homer, a soloshot down the left-field line.
In the fourth, after first baseman Curt Rindal increased his hitting streak to 21 games witha leadoff double, Clem's second home run of the night cut the Pilots' lead to 4-3. After asingle from Matt Stevens, freshman DH Trevor Petersen belted his first career homer toput the UW ahead, 5-4.
The Pilots, however, were quick to respond. After having had nine straight batters retiredby Kasser, Portland rallied once more, scoring four runs in the fifth, including two on ashortstop Jesse Rodgers' second home run of the year, to move in front, 8-5.
Two more Husky home runs in the fifth -- solo shots from Hague and Matt Lane -- cutthe Pilots lead to 8-7, but UP third baseman Danny Meier's leadoff homer in the top ofthe sixth stretched it back to 9-7.
Washington tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. After Hague reached on a two-base error and eventually scored on a groundout, Clem launched his third home run of thenight, a solo shot to right field to knot the score at 9-9.
In the eighth, the Pilots went back on top, 10-9. Nicol singled, moved to second on a balkand then scored when a routine fly ball from pinch hitter Paul Crowder was dropped byHague in center field.
Next up, the Dawgs travel to Tempe for a three-game series at Arizona State Fridaythrough Sunday. Saturday's gametime at ASU has been moved to noon PDT toaccommodate a TV broadcast on FSN (the game will air in the Northwest on FSNMonday at noon) . Friday's game begins at 7:00 p.m. PDT and Sunday's finale getsunderway at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All three games from Packard Stadium will air liveon KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 11, Portland 10Portland 130 041 010 -- 10 12 3Washington 010 420 22x -- 11 13 3Blaine Hardy, Sean Sargent (6), Brian Yoakum (7), AustinDirkx (8) and Nik Kosach, Paul Crowder (8). Richie Lentz,Matt Kasser (2), Kyle Parker (6), Nick Haughian (7),Elliott Cribby (8), Tim Lincecum (9) and Matt Lane. W -Cribby (4-2). L - Dirkx (1-3). Sv - Lincecum . 2B - UP,Adam Kerr, Justin Ehlers; UW, Curt Rindal. 3B - UP, CoryWiltshire. HR - UP, Sean Nicol (2), Jesse Rodgers (2),Danny Meier (5); UW, Zach Clem 3 (13), Trevor Petersen (1),Matt Hague (3), Lane (8). T - 2:51. A - 361.