May 23, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team took a big step towards making the NCAA tournament and simultaneously dealt a major blow to USC's chances, hammering the Trojans, 26-2, Friday night at Husky Ballpark in the first-game of a regular-season-ending three-game, Pac-10 series.
Husky second baseman Greg Isaacson hit two homers in the game, including a grand slam. The Huskies have had a player hit two homers in a game five times in the last six games.
The Huskies improved to 38-16 overall and 13-9 in the Pac-10, moving into a tie for third place with the loser of Friday night's Arizona-Arizona State game. With 13 league wins, the Huskies are assured of finishing over .500 in the conference, which is historically enough to make the 64-team NCAA tournament. USC fell to 28-26 overall and 11-11 in Pac-10 play.
Husky senior Sean White (8-4) picked up the easy win, striking out nine in five innings of work. White gave up five hits and two runs, only one earned. Senior Scott Robertson threw the final four innings of the game to record a save. The two former Mercer Island High classmates combined to record 11 strikeouts on the night.
Isaacson finished the game 2-for-6 with six RBIs and third baseman John Otness went 3-for-5 with five runs batted in. Tila Reynolds, Mike Wagner, Nick Batkoski each added three hits as the Huskies pounded out 27 in the game, only two short of the most ever by a USC opponent.
The Huskies jumped on USC freshman starter Bobby Paschal in the first, sending 10 batters to the plate to post seven runs. With one out, senior shortstop Tila Reynolds drew a walk and catcher Aaron Hathaway followed by belting a high breaking pitch over the fence in left for his fourth homer of the year.
Wagner and Chad Boudon kept the rally going with base hits and a single up the middle from Batkoski drove in Wagner to make it 3-0. Kyle Larsen followed with a single to center that sent home Boudon and, when the ball was misplayed by center fielder Travis McAndrews, Batkoski came in to score. Isaacson wrapped up the outburst by driving his eighth homer of the season to right, chasing Paschal from the game.
In the second, the Huskies tacked on four more. Wagner had an RBI single, Larsen blooped an RBI double and Otness drove in two with a single to increase the UW lead to 11-0. In the third, when Brent Lillibridge led off with a single, every Husky starter had a hit only three innings into the game.
By the end of the inning, every Husky in the lineup had scored a run as Otness, the final starter to cross the plate, belted a two-run homer for the UW's fifth and sixth runs of the third inning, giving the Huskies a 17-0 lead.
USC broke through for single runs in the fourth and fifth. After the Huskies failed to score in the fifth, they got it going again in the sixth when Isaacson's grand slam highlighted a six-run frame. Reserve first baseman Steve Ramsey came off the bench to belt his second homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the eighth and cap the UW's scoring.
The Huskies and Trojans continue the series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game. The USC radio broadcast of the game can be heard over the internet via a link from gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Washington 26, USC 2 USC 000 110 000 -- 2 7 4 Washington 746 206 01x -- 26 27 2 Bobby Paschal, Clayton Wentworth (1), Michael Cooper (3), Rudy Quinonez (6) and Jeff Clement, Matt Bonovich (4). Sean White, Scott Robertson (6) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (5). W - White (8-4). L - Paschal (3-7). 2B - USC, Spencer Gordon, Bonovich; UW, Kyle Larsen, Brent Lillibridge, Nick Batkoski. HR - UW, Hathaway (4), Greg Isaacson 2 (9), John Otness (6), Steve Ramsey (2). T - 3:24. A - 674. Records: USC, 28-26, 11-11 Pac-10; UW 38-16, 13-9 Pac-10.