Clem Belts Two Homers In 11-9 Win
April 25, 2006
SEATTLE - Senior Zach Clem hit two home runs and drove in five as the Washingtonbaseball team held off Saint Martin's for an 11-9 win Tuesday evening at HuskyBallpark.
The Huskies improved to 28-15 with the victory while the Division II Saints dropped to13-23 on the year.
With 19 home runs on the season with 19 games remaining in the regular seson, Clem isnow only three shy of the Husky record of 22, set by Chad Boudon in 2003. With 40career homers, he's only two behind Ed Erickson's all-time mark of 42 (1997-2000).Clem's 19 home runs leads the Pac-10 and are second-most in the nation. He finished thegame 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI.
The UW got off to a quick start as leadoff hitter Ryan Anderson doubled to open thebottom of the first. He scored on a Clem single to give the Huskies an early 1-0advantage.
However, after going down in order the first two innings, Saint Martin's took the leadwith three runs in the third. Ezzard Wilkins singled to lead off. After stealing seconda ndmoving to third on a flyout, he scored on a single from Maki Smith. Ryan Brilhantefollowed with an infield single to third base. On the play, Smith tried to take third on thethrow to first base. A throw back to third to try and get him there was errant however,allowing him to score. Nate Baker then singled to drive in Brilhante, giving the visitors a3-1 lead.
In bottom of the third, the Huskies answered back thanks to more from Anderson andClem. After Anderson knocked his second double of the game to leadoff, Clem launcheda towering home run to left-center to tie the game.
In the fifth, former Husky and current Saints DH Ty Kuehl, who spent the 2004 seasonon the Washington roster, belted his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left, toput Saint Martin's back on top, 4-3.
Still in the fifth, the Saints loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Baker followedwith a slow roller up the first base line. When Husky reliever Nick Haughian went toretrieve the ball and place a tag on Baker, he left the ball on the ground for an error thatallowed one run to score. Adam Siler followed with a sacrifice fly to give SMU a 6-3advantage.
In the fifth, Clem drew the Huskies back to within a run. After Danny Cox knocked aone-out double, Clem went the other way with a homer to right field.
The following inning, an RBI groundout from Kuehl put the SMU lead to 7-5. However,in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies took advantage of three Saints errors to score fourruns to take the lead for good. Two runs scored on two separate errors from catcherRichard O'Neill and Curt Rindal drove in two more with a double to give put the Huskieson top, 9-7. In the seventh, Cox drove in two more with a two-out single.
The Saints added two runs in the ninth on RBI doubles from Baker and Siler.
Haughian (2-1), who allowed one run in one and two-thirds innings of relief, picked upthe victory while SMU reliever Brett Efaw (2-3) suffered the loss.
The Huskies open the second half of the Pac-10 schedule this weekend when Arizonacomes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 11, Saint Martin's 9St. Martin's 003 031 002 -- 9 11 3Washington 102 024 20x -- 11 14 3Tip Wonhoff, Nick Bolthouse (3), Kevin Jones (5), MichaelShelstad (6), Brett Efaw (6), Adam Siler (8) and RichardO'Neill. Kyle Parker, Bryce Mooney (5), Nick Haughian (5),Brandon McKerney (7), Nick Hagadone (8), Richie Lentz (9)and Joey Dunn. W - Haughian (2-1). L - Efaw (2-3). 2B -SMU, Nate Baker, Siler; UW, Ryan Anderson 2, Matt Stevens,Danny Cox, Curt Rindal. HR - SMU, Ty Kuehl (1); UW,Zach Clem 2 (19). T - 2:43. A - 402.