May 19, 2003
SEATTLE - Junior left fielder Chad Boudon hit his 20th and 21st home runs of the season to break the Washington single-season record as the Husky baseball team beat third-ranked Arizona State, 6-4, Monday evening at Husky Ballpark to win a three-game, Pac-10 series, two games to one.
The Huskies, now in sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-10, one game back of Arizona and Arizona State for second place, improved to 37-16 overall and 12-9 in the Pac-10. ASU fell to 47- 12 overall and 13-8 in league play. The Huskies' series win over ASU was their first over the Devils since the Pac-10 merged its two divisions prior to the 1999 season.
Boudon, a Shorewood High grad and a transfer this season from the University of Hawaii, broke the record set by former UW catcher Dominic Woody, who hit 19 homers in 1999. Boudon's two homers marked the fourth time in the last five games that a Husky has hit two in a game.
Husky junior starter Clay Johnson (6-3) worked six-plus innings for the victory. The righty from Elma scattered 12 hits for only four runs while walking one and striking out four. Closer Will Fenton worked the final two and one-third innings, striking out five, to record his eighth save. Fenton, a sophomore from Kingston, has yet to allow a run and has fanned 44 in 27 innings this season.
ASU took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. Center fielder Andre Ethier led off with a towering home run to right field. Mike Guerrero followed with a single. He moved to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out double from freshman Travis Buck.
The Huskies didn't get on the board until the fourth, when Boudon's record-breaker tied the score at 2-2. Boudon came up with Mike Wagner, who had walked, at first with two outs and blasted a towering homer over the scoreboard in left field.
The homer opened the floodgates as the Huskies rallied for two more with two outs in the fourth. Tila Reynolds followed Boudon's belt with a sharp single up the middle. After John Otness doubled off the wall in left to put runners at second and third, sophomore DH Nick Batkoski singled to drive in two runs, giving the UW a 4-2 lead.
After ASU threatened but left runners at second and third in the top of the fifth, Husky leadoff hitter Brent Lillibridge belted a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning, stretching the UW lead to 5-2. Boudon blasted a carbon copy of his first homer with no one on in the sixth to stretch the UW lead to 6-2.
The Sun Devils rallied in the seventh to cut the Husky lead. After Buck led off with a single, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch doubled to drive in a run. A single from Dustin Pedroia put runners at first and third and chased Husky starter Johnson from the game.
Reliever Brian Carter got a foul popout for the first out before Jeremy West singled to drive in another run. After Ethier flied to left for the second out, Fenton came on to strike out Guerrero and end the inning. Fenton gave up a single and threw two wild pitches to put an ASU runner at third with one out in the eighth, but kept his scoreless record spotless with two strikeouts.
In the ninth, ASU threatened again as a single from Dustin Pedroia and a double from Ethier put runners at second and third with two down. However, Fenton slammed the door by striking out Guerrero once again.
ASU starter Beau Vaughan (8-5) threw four-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, to take the loss. First baseman Jeff Larish had three hits for the Devils and Buck, ASU's right fielder from Richland, Wash., added a pair of hits. Pedroia also had three hits and set a Pac-10 record with his 32nd double of the season.
The Huskies close out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series against USC. The Huskies and Trojans (28-24, 11-10 in the Pac-10) are battling for fourth place in the conference and, depending on whether the NCAA decides to take four or five teams from the Pac-10, they may be fighting one another for a spot in the postseason.
Arizona and ASU, the two teams currently tied for second place, face each other next weekend in a three-game series in Tempe. Stanford has already clinched the outright championship.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Washington 6, Arizona State 4 Arizona St. 020 000 200 -- 4 16 1 Washington 000 411 00x -- 6 9 0 Beau Vaughan, Carlos Arguello (5), Mark Sopko (5), Jered Liebeck (6), Ryan Schroyer (7) and Tuffy Gosewisch. Clay Johnson, Brian Carter (7), Will Fenton (7) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Johnson (6-3). L - Vaughan (8-5). Sv - Fenton (8). 2B - ASU, Travis Buck, Dustin Pedroia, Jeff Larish, Gosewisch, Andre Ethier; UW, John Otness. HR - ASU, Ethier (6); UW, Chad Boudon 2 (21), Brent Lillibridge (11). T - 3:22. A - 714. Records: ASU, 47-12, 13-8 Pac-10; UW 37-16, 12-9 Pac-10.