April 27, 2003
SEATTLE - Greg Isaacson collected three hits, including a double and a home run, as the Washington baseball team completed a two-games-to-one series win over California with an 11-3 win over the Bears Sunday in the final game of a Pac-10 Conference series.
Husky junior Clay Johnson, back in the weekend rotation for the first time in the conference season, threw six innings to earn the win, improving to 4-2. The righty from Elma allowed only one run on six hits over six innings of work.
The two teams both finished the weekend with .500 records in league play. The Huskies improved to 28-13 overall and 6-6 in the conference while Cal fell to 25-21 and 9-9.
After going down in order in the first two innings, the Huskies got to Cal starter Travis Talbott in the third. Talbott, making his first start of the year, had worked only 20 innings in his 20 relief appearances coming into Sunday.
In the third, the Huskies loaded the bases to begin the inning on singles from Kyle Larsen and Isaacson and a walk to Nick Batkoski. Freshman leadoff batter Brent Lillibridge then drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the UW's first run and Talbott was relieved by Matt Brown.
After giving up a bloop single to Tila Reynolds for another run, Brown got a popup for the first out before Mike Wagner doubled to clear the bases. Third baseman John Otness finished the six- run outburst with a single that drove in Wagner, knocking Brown out of the game with the Huskies in front, 6-0.
Cal threatened to get back in the game in the fourth. After Conor Jackson singled, Chris Grossman double and James Holder was hit by a pitch, the Bears had the bases loaded with one out. But all that Cal could net from the situation was one run, on Jeff Dragicevich's sacrifice fly.
Washington put the lead back to six runs in the bottom of the fourth, however, when Isaacson, the Huskies' junior second baseman, hit a solo home run, his fifth of the year.
In the fifth, junior left fielder Chad Boudon belted his 17th home run of the year with Wagner aboard, making the score 9-1. The homer moved Boudon, a Shorewood High alum and walkon transfer from the University of Hawaii, into sole possession of second place on the UW single- season homers list, two short of Dominic Woody's record of 19, set in 1999.
Cal catcher Chris Grossman notched the Bears' second run of the game with a solo homer in the eighth. Later that same inning, James Holder singled, moved to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a Jeremy Burchett single.
The Huskies close out their seven-game homestand Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against reigning and 12- time NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Game Washington 11, California 3 California 000 100 020 -- 3 10 2 Washington 006 120 20x -- 11 10 1 Travis Talbott, Matt Brown (3), Joe Todoroff (3), Adam Gold (6), Brian Mantalbo (7), Blake Read (8) and Chris Grossman. Clay Johnson, Brian Carter (7), Will Fenton (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - C. Johnson (4-2). L - Talbott (2-1). 2B - Cal, Grossman; UW, Mike Wagner, Greg Isaacson. HR - Cal, Grossman (7); UW, Isaacson (5), Chad Boudon (17). T - 3:10. A - 668. Records: Cal 25-21, 9-9; UW 28-13, 6-6.