May 20, 2008
SEATTLE - Right fielder Kyle Conley hit his 18th home run of the season and second baseman Bradley Boyer also went deep as the Washington baseball team beat NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State, 6-2, Tuesday evening at Husky Ballpark in the UW's final non-conference game of the regular season.
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak to improve its record to 32-20. The Warriors, who will try to defend their back-to-back national championships when they host the NAIA World Series this weekend in Lewiston, dropped to 53-6 on the season.
UW sophomore starter Cam Nobles (5-4) allowed just one hit, a solo homer, over his five innings for the win. He walked two and struck out three. Relievers Paul Dickey, Geoff Brown and Brian Pearl held the Warriors to one run over the final four innings to wrap up the win.
In the top of the second, Warriors designated hitter Sean Halton took advantage of a stiff wind blowing out to left by leading off the inning his first home run of the season, giving L-C State a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Brett Wilcox was hit by a pitch and then took third on a hit-and-run single from Ty Rasmussen. Freshman center fielder Sean Meehan followed with an infield single to shortstop, allowing Wilcox to score, tying the game at 1-1.
Washington took the lead in the bottom of the third when Conley, a redshirt sophomore from Richland, hit a two-out solo homer to deep right-center field. Conley's 18 home runs rank him fourth in UW single-season history.
In the fifth, the Huskies rallied with two outs. After two groundouts, the Huskies loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter. Freshman first baseman Troy Scott then hit a full-count pitch through the left side for a two-run single, increasing the Huskies' lead to 4-1.
L-C State scored its second run in the seventh as an RBI groundout from Brent Wyatt drove in Josh Ashenbrenner, who had singled to lead off the inning. Washington, however, got that run back plus another in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer from Boyer, his fifth of the year. Conley was hit by the next pitch, stole second and then scored thanks to a pair of wild pitches.
Warriors reliever Matt Stabelfeld (1-1), who came on to begin the third inning, suffered the loss, allowing three runs in three innings.
Friday through Sunday, the Huskies wrap up the regular season as No. 16 Stanford visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. All three of those games will air on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Game Washington 6, Lewis-Clark State 2 Lewis-Clark St. 010 000 100 -- 2 5 0 Washington 011 020 20x -- 6 9 1 Ryan Woods, Matt Stabelfeld (3), Nick Masters (6), Tyler Knigge (7) and Brian Ward, Bernard Pena (6). Cam Nobles, Paul Dickey (6), Geoff Brown (8), Brian Pearl (9) and Brett Wilcox. W - Nobles (5-4). L - Stabelfeld (1-1). 2B - UW, Ty Rasmussen. HR - LCSC, Sean Halton (5); UW, Kyle Conley (18), Bradley Boyer (5). T - 2:35. A - 323. Records: LCSC 53-6; UW 32-20.