Hagadone Leads UW Past Pilots, 8-1

May 8, 2006

SEATTLE - Led by five shutout innings from starter Nick Hagadone and a seven-runseventh inning, the Washington baseball team handed Portland an 8-1 loss in a non-conference game Monday evening at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies improved to 32-19 on the season while the Pilots dropped to 13-31.

Hagadone (2-2) allowed just two hits over his five innings of work to pick up the win. Hewalked three and struck out a pair. Pilots starter Austin Dirkx (1-4), who held the UW tojust one run on four hits through the first six innings, suffered the loss. He ended upallowing three runs on five hits over six and one-third innings.

Washington's first hit of the game came in the fourth inning when senior right fielderCory Rickard belted a double to the left-center gap. After a second out, freshmanshortstop Danny Cox laced a single up the middle to send Rickard in, giving the Huskiesthe game's first lead at 1-0.

In the seventh, the Huskies broke the game open with seven runs. Center fielderJesse Ferguson, in his first Husky start, walked, stole second, moved to third on a wildpitch and scored on a double from designated hitter Matt Hague.

With Sean Sargent on in relief of Dirkx, Curt Rindal walked and Zach Clem followedwith a double down the left-field line, scoring Michael Burgher, who ran for Hague.Pinch hitter Trevor Petersen's grounder to third went off the glove of third basemanDanny Meier, allowing two more to score to increase the lead to 5-0.

After a second out, third baseman Matt Stevens belted a three-run homer, his 16th of theseason, to right field.

Meier broke up the Huskies' shutout bid when he led off the eighth inning with hisseventh home run of the year.

The two-game series vs. Portland concludes Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Live video and livestats for the game will be available at gohuskies.com. This weekend, the Huskies playhost to Stanford in a three-game, Pac-10 series.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 8, Portland 1Portland      000 000 010 -- 1 6 2Washington    000 100 70x -- 8 8 1Austin Dirkx, Sean Sargent (7), Chris Siegfried (7) andPaul Crowder. Nick Hagadone, Adrian Gomez (6), Matt Kasser(8), Richie Lentz (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Hagadone (2-2). L- Dirkx (1-4). 2B - UW, Cory Rickard, Matt Hague,Zach Clem. HR - UP, Danny Meier (7); UW, Matt Stevens (16).T - 2:43. A - 314.
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