April 25, 2003
SEATTLE - Junior designated hitter Chad Boudon hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in eight runs as the Washington baseball team routed California, 16-3, Friday night at Husky Ballpark in the opening game of a three-game Pac-10 series.
Boudon, a Shorewood High grad and transfer from the University of Hawaii, became only the second Husky to hit three home runs in a game in 11 seasons under coach Ken Knutson very probably ties the school record, though records prior to the early 1980s are incomplete. With 16 homers on the season, Boudon moved into a tie for second place on the UW single-season list, three short of Dominic Woody's school record of 19, set in 1999. Boudon's eight RBI are also the most by a Husky in the Knutson era.
The Huskies, winners of five in a row, improved to 27-12 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-10 while Cal fell to 24-20 and 8-8.
Husky senior starter Sean White (6-3), pitching on his 22nd birthday, picked up his sixth consecutive victory and his eighth straight in Pac-10 play, dating back to last season. White worked seven innings, allowing three runs on only four hits while striking out six.
Cal took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when a two-out single from Brian Horwitz drove home Conor Jackson, who had reached on a walk.
But the Huskies stormed back, sending 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run first. Brent Lillibridge led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Aaron Hathaway. After Kyle Larsen singled to drive in Lillibridge, John Otness loaded the bases on a walk, and Boudon's sacrifice fly sent home a second Husky run. Tila Reynolds doubled off the wall in left-center to drive in two more and Mike Wagner's ninth home run of the year continued the outburst.
After Cal starter Jesse Ingram (2-1) walked Taylor Johnson, he was relieved by Adam Gold, who reloaded the bases by allowing a single to Lillibridge and hitting Greg Isaacson with a pitch. Gold then unleashed a wild pitch to allow Johnson to score the Huskies' seventh run. After walking Hathaway, Gold got Larsen to fly out to the warning track in left to end the inning.
In the second inning, with Cal's third pitcher of the game -- Aaron Swick -- on in relief, Boudon hammered his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left. In the fourth, he hit another solo shot, going the other way down the right-field line for his second.
In the fourth, Cal cut the Huskies' lead to 8-3 on a two-run homer from Horwitz, his sixth of the year. However, in the bottom of the fourth, after Boudon's second homer, Wagner singled and scored on a Johnson double, upping the Husky edge to 10-3.
In the fifth, Washington had a run in and the bases loaded when Swick was relieved by Brian Montalbo, who came on to face Boudon. After working the count full, Boudon delivered the grand slam to left-center field. Boudon added his eighth RBI with a two-out single in the sixth.
Ingram suffered the loss for the Bears, allowing seven runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Horwitz was Cal's offensive leader, going 2-for-3 with all three of the Bears' runs batted in.
Aside from Boudon's 4-for-5, eight-RBI night, Washington, which got hits from eight of nine starters and runs from all nine, was led by three hits each from Hathaway, Larsen, and Wagner.
The Huskies and Bears continue the three-game series Saturday with a p.m. game. Admission to Saturday's game is free, part of the annual "Spring Fling," which also includes the spring football game and Husky crew, volleyball, swimming, softball and tennis.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference Game Washington 16, California 3 California 100 200 000 -- 3 4 3 Washington 710 251 00x -- 16 22 0 Jesse Ingram, Adam Gold (1), Aaron Swick (2), Brian Montalbo (5), Jeremy Burchett (7), Blake Read (8) and Chris Grossman, Matt Einspahr (7). Sean White, Scott Robertson (8) and Aaron Hathaway. W - White (6-3). L - Ingram (2-1). 2B - Cal, Conor Jackson; UW, Brent Lillibridge, Tila Reynolds, Taylor Johnson. HR - Cal, Brian Horwitz (6); UW, Mike Wagner (9), Chad Boudon 3 (16). T - 3:15. A - 694. Records: Cal 24-20, 8-8; UW 27-12, 5-5.