April 15, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Washington baseball team hit four home runs -- two pairs of back-to-back shots -- in a six-run fourth inning as the Huskies added to Kansas State's misery with a 14-5 win Tuesday night at wet and windy Tointon Family Stadium. The loss was K-State's 16th in a row, a school record.
In the fourth, freshman Brent Lillibridge, who homered twice in a 3-for-4 effort, and junior Greg Isaacson went back-to-back, and after a walk, Chad Boudon and John Otness pulled off the same trick. Washington improved to 23-12 with the win while K-State fell to 10-24.
Sophomore Josh Conover (2-0) got the win in his second career start. He worked seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six.
Lillibridge, in his second game as the Huskies' new leadoff hitter, got the game started by singling through the left side. Lillibridge stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Isaacson's groundout sent him home.
In the second, shortstop Tila Reynolds belted a two-out double down the left-field line, driving in Kyle Larsen, who had walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Reynolds scored when Taylor Johnson reached on a error by K-State first baseman Tim Doty.
The Huskies kept it going in the third. With two down, Larsen and Nick Batkoski walked. Reynolds laid down a bunt and beat it out for a hit, but third baseman Andrew Dunsmore's throw to first went wild, allowing Larsen to score to make it 4-0.
In the fourth, KSU starter Jared Brite walked Johnson to start the inning. Brite was relieved by lefty Brett Bagley, who surrendered back-to-back homers to the first two batters he faced. Lillibridge hit his fifth of the year to center before the left-handed hitting Isaacson went the opposite way with his fourth. After Bagley walked Aaron Hathaway, Boudon hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season and Otness followed with his third, increasing the UW lead to 10-0.
Kansas State, held to two infield singles through the first four innings, got on the board in the fifth inning. Brett Williams led off with a double and then backup third baseman Zack Saunders belted a homer to cut the Husky lead to 10-2.
With another K-State reliever, Andrew Ehling, on to start the seventh inning, Lillibridge, the Huskies' freshman center fielder, belted his second home run of the game. Isaacson followed with a single and scored on a Hathaway double. K-State added two more runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer from Williams.
In the eighth, after an RBI single from pinch hitter Mike Wagner posted the UW's 13th run, Isaacson capped a 4-for-5 game with his third run batted in, singling home Johnson. Otness also finished the game with three hits.
Brite (0-3), the K-State football team's punter and kicker, suffered the loss. The sophomore right-hander allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks over three-plus innings of work.
The Huskies and K-State play the second of their two games Wednesday at noon CDT (10 a.m. PDT). After returning home, the Huskies have the weekend off before playing host to Hawaii-Hilo next Monday and Tuesday.
LINESCORE Washington 14, Kansas State 5 Washington 121 600 220 -- 14 17 0 Kansas St. 000 020 201 -- 5 6 3 Josh Conover, Jamie Hawkins (8) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (8). Jared Brite, Brett Bagley (4), Andrew Ehling (7) and Josh Heinrich. W - Conover (2-0). L - Brite (0-3). 2B - UW, Tila Reynolds, Hathaway; KSU, Brett Williams. HR - UW, Brent Lillibridge 2 (6), Greg Isaacson (4), Chad Boudon (12), John Otness (3); KSU, Zack Saunders (2), Williams (2). T - 2:56. A - 202. Records: UW 23-12; KSU 10-25.