March 28, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. -- - Senior pitcher Sean White won his fourth consecutive start and Chad Boudon went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in as the 24th-ranked Washington baseball team opened Pac-10 play with a 5-3 win over No. 8 Stanford Friday night at Sunken Diamond in the first game of a three-game league series.
White, a righty from Mercer Island, didn't allow a run until the eighth inning, working seven and a third to improve to 4-3. He allowed nine hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out six.
The Huskies, winners of 15 of their last 16 games, improved to 19-7 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10 while Stanford dropped to 16-9 and 2-2.
Washington took a 3-0 lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Stanford starter John Hudgins walked Greg Isaacson and Kyle Larsen to open in the inning. After a popout, Taylor Johnson doubled down the left-field line to drive in a run. Catcher Aaron Hathaway followed with a sacrifice fly to send in another and Johnson scored on a single from Boudon, a Shorewood High grad and transfer from Hawaii.
Boudon had a chance for another RBI in the sixth, as his two-out single had Johnson running for the plate again. Stanford left fielder Brian Hall, however, threw a strike to the plate to gun down Johnson and the lead remained 3-0.
In the seventh, the Huskies ended the inning once again with an out at the plate as John Otness tried to score on a pitch that got away from catcher Ryan Garko. Garko, however, tossed to Hudgins, who laid the tag in time to get the final out of the inning.
The Cardinal had their first good chance to score in the bottom of the seventh. With two down, Jonny Ash singled and Tobin Swope doubled to put runners at second and third, but White got pinch hitter Jed Lowrie to fly out to center to end the threat.
In the eighth, the Huskies made their last out at the plate for the thrid time in the game. Larsen tried to score from second base on a wild pitch that Garko was unable to locate. As reliever Drew Ehrlich raced the get the ball, the plate was left open and Larsen tried to score, but first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. got to the plate just in time to take the throw and lay a tag on Larsen.
Stanford finally broke through in the eighth when Garko lined a one-out double down the left-field line, driving in Sam Fuld, who had singled. White was replaced by reliever Brian Carter with runners at second and third and one out. White got Danny Putnam to pop out and then induced a groundout from Mayberry, the Mariners' first-round draft pick last summer, to end the inning.
In the ninth, Boudon's team-leading eighth homer of the year, a towering shot to left with a runner on first, added two important insurance runs for the Huskies.
In the bottom of the ninth, Stanford loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. With two outs, Carlos Quentin hit a 1-2 pitch for a two-run single to draw his team within two runs, but Carter got Garko to end the game on a groundout, recording his fifth save.
Hudgins (4-2) worked seven innings to suffer the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five. He had entered the game having walked only nine batters in 57 innings all season.
Quentin and third baseman Jonny Ash each had three hits to lead the Cardinal offense while Johnson had two hits for Washington.
The Huskies and Cardinal go at it again Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and also via the internet at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE #24 Washington 5, #8 Stanford 3 Washington 000 300 002 -- 5 9 1 Stanford 000 000 012 -- 3 12 1 Sean White, Brian Carter (8) and Aaron Hathaway. John Hudgins, Drew Ehrlich (8), Jonny Dyer (9), Billy Paganetti (9) and Ryan Garko. W - White (4-3). L - Hudgins (4-2). Sv - Carter (5). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson; STAN, Danny Putnam, Tobin Swope, Garko. 3B - UW, Greg Isaacson. HR - UW, Chad Boudon (8). T - 3:10. A - 1,704. Records: UW 19-7, 1-0 Pac-10; STAN 16-9, 2-2 Pac-10.