March 6, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. -
David Figoni extended his hit streak to 12 games, but the Washington baseball team tied a school record with six home runs and completed the three-game sweep over the UC Santa Barbara baseball team with a 17-4 win at Husky Ballpark on Sunday.
For the second consecutive game, the University of Washington got on the board in the first inning, this time pushing across two runs. After leadoff hitter Taylor Johnson was caught stealing, shortstop Brent Lillibridge singled, stole second and reached third base on a throwing error by UCSB catcher Matt Kalafatis. Lillibridge, who finished the game 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and one RBI, was knocked in for the first run of the day on a groundout by Zach Clem. Larsen followed the groundout with the first of his two homeruns on the game.
If things weren't already bad for the Gauchos, they got even worse in the second inning. After another shutout inning by Husky starter Kyle Parker (3-2), UW posted five more runs to extend its lead to 7-0. Senior second baseman Mike Rundle hit a one-out solo homer to left, and after a walk to Johnson and another single from Lillibridge, UCSB starter Brian Tracy (1- 2) was replaced by Nate Holguin. Clem welcomed the new reliever by singling to left and loading the bases for Larsen. For the second time in the game, Larsen parked a pitch over the wall--this time picking up a grand slam and four RBI.
The Gauchos (8-9) scored their first runs in the third inning when, after a single by senior Chris Malec, right fielder Matt Wilkerson hit a two-out, two-run homer over the wall in right-center to cut the Husky lead to 7-2. Washington, however, answered quickly with three more runs in their half of the third. Johnson singled to drive in one run and then scored on a triple off the bat of Lillibridge, who came in when the throw to third base sailed into the UCSB dugout.
In the home half of the fourth, the Huskies put up three more runs on two more long balls. After issuing a walk to Matt Lane, Holguin gave up a two-run blast to Freshman Matt Stevens. Following the homerun, the Gauchos went to their bullpen and summoned Justin Segal to stop the bleeding. The first batter Segal faced, Cory Rickard, belted a shot over the wall in left-center to cap the back-to-back bombs.
After two more shutout innings by the Husky defense, Johnson homered in the four-run Husky sixth inning for the last of the UW long balls. At the end of the sixth, UW held a commanding 17-2 lead.
In the eighth, Figoni extended his current hit streak to 12 games with a homerun to centerfield. Pinch hitter Brian Lee made it back-to-back with a homerun of his own to run the score to 17-4.
Husky senior Taylor Johnson, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and a homerun in the game, had an excellent series going 8-for-9 with seven walks in the three games played. He had reached base in 12 straight plate appearances before grounding out in the fourth inning Sunday.
UC Santa Barbara will look to get back on the winning track when they visit Cal Poly on Wednesday for a 6 pm game. Following the one game affair, UC Santa Barbara returns home to host Loyola Marymount in a three game weekend series starting Friday at 2 pm.