March 15, 1998
SEATTLE, - The 20th-ranked Washington baseball team finished up a four-game Pac-10 North series sweep of Portland State Sunday, beating the Vikings, 8-2, at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies (12-4 overall, 4-0 in the Pac-10) used strong defense and timely pitching to win what was a close contest through much of the game. Freshman starter John Gillespie (1-1) picked up his first career win. The Lake Washington HS grad threw five innings, allowing only one run on three hits. PSU starter Tony Blackhurst (2-2) worked four and one-third innings in the loss as his team fell to 6-12, 0-4. It was the Huskies' 15th straight win over Portland State.
Reliever Bryan Williamson used a double play to get out of a jam in the seventh, when the score was 4-1. In the eighth, with the score 6-1, junior Wayne Lee came in with the bases loaded and no out, and got a 1-2-3 double play and a strikeout to get out of it without allowing a run.
Down 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Huskies took the lead for good when first baseman Ed Erickson blasted a two-run homer, his first of the season.
Third baseman Ryan Lentz went 2-for-5 with three RBI and hit his fourth homer of the year. Nick Stefonick doubled and tripled in four at bats and catcher Ryan Bundy went 3-for-4 with three singles for Washington. DH Russ Riehl led PSU with two hits, and Rick Southall, who hit four home runs in Saturday's doubleheader, went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
The Huskies take the week off for finals before departing on Friday for Stanford, where they'll give the No. 1-ranked Cardinal a rematch of last season's Pac-10 Championship Series, which Washington won, two games to one. The series begins Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and continues through Monday.
Pac-10 North Baseball Scoring Summary
No. 20 Washington 8
Portland State 2
Portland St. 010 000 001 -- 2 7 1 Washington 000 220 22x -- 8 13 1
Tony Blackhurst, Brannon Cedergreen (5), Ryan Faust (8), Travis Rainwater (8) and Travis Boslar, Neal Andrade (7). John Gillespie, Bryan Williamson (6), Ken Ferguson (8), Wayne Lee (8), Cody Morrison (9) and Ryan Bundy. W - Gillespie (1-1). L - Blackhurst (2-2). 2B - PSU, David Ferres, Rick Southall; UW, Nick Stefonick. 3B - UW, Stefonick. HR - UW, Ed Erickson (1), Ryan Lentz (4). T - 2:57. A - 469.