May 6, 2003
SEATTLE - Senior shortstop Tila Reynolds hit a two-run homer and two doubles, freshman Brent Lillibridge went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and Chad Boudon tied the Husky single-season home runs record to lead the Washington baseball team to a 16-4 win over Portland Tuesday evening at Husky Ballpark in the first game of a two-game non-conference series.
Boudon, a junior from Shoreline who transferred from the University of Hawaii prior to the season, went the opposite way for a three-run homer in the seventh, his 19th round-tripper of the season. The homer tied the record set by Dominic Woody in 1999. Boudon, a Shorewood High grad, entered the week fourth in Division I in homers and now leads the Pac-10 in that category.
Reynolds finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI while Lillibridge scored three runs and added two singles to go with his grand slam.
The win improved the Huskies' overall record to 32-14 while Portland fell to 9-36-1 on the year.
The Huskies got out of the gates quickly as freshman Brent Lillibridge led off the first with a single and senior Tila Reynolds followed with his second home run of the season to give the Huskies a 2- 0 lead after one inning. In the second, it was more of the same as the UW loaded the bases with no outs. Lillibridge followed with a grand slam to right for his seventh homer of the season.
Portland got in on the home run action in the third. After Ryan Heil walked and stole second, Kory Casto belted his ninth of the season to cut the UW lead to 6-2. An RBI single from Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway in the third stretched it back out to 7-2.
UP scored two more in the top of the fourth. Heil and Tyler Perkins led off the inning with singles. After a double steal put both runners in scoring position, Rob Seffens doubled down the third-base line to drive in a pair.
Pilots reliever Joe Jones had kept the Huskies off the board through three and two-thirds innings until Reynolds' two-run double in the bottom of the seventh drove in two runs. Catcher Aaron Hathaway doubled home Reynolds, and with reliever Daniel Knox in, Mike Wagner drew a walk. Boudon followed with his record-tying homer and the UW led, 13-4.
Husky sophomore starting pitcher Josh Conover narrowly missed maintaining his perfect record as a starter. In four previous career starts, all this season in mid-week appearances, Conover had compiled a 4-0 record, but had to leave Tuesday's game with two outs in the fifth due to a minor muscle strain. Sophomore lefty David Dowling (6-2) came on to claim the victory, facing the minimum over two and one-third innings.
Portland starter Andrew Renyer (2-5) suffered the loss for the Pilots, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over three-plus innings of work.
The Huskies and Portland play again Wednesday in the UW's final non-conference game of the year. Game time is 4:00 p.m. and the game will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Washington 16, Portland 4 Portland 002 020 000 -- 4 7 1 Washington 240 100 63x -- 16 15 0 Andrew Renyer, Joe Jones (4), Daniel Knox (7) and Brock Griffin. Josh Conover, David Dowling (5), Matt Kasser (8), Brian Carter (9) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (8). W - Dowling (6-2). L - Renyer (2-5). 2B - UP, Rob Seffens; UW, Tila Reynolds 2, Hathaway. HR - UP, Kory Casto (9); UW, T. Reynolds (2), Brent Lillibridge (7), Chad Boudon (19), Nick Batkoski (2), Brian Bauer (1). T - 3:00. A - 390. Records: UP 9-36-1; UW 32-14.