March 1, 2003
LANCASTER, Calif. - Kyle Larsen belted a homer and went 5-for-6 with four RBI as the Washington baseball team out-slugged Cal State Northridge, 21-10, in the Clash of the Conferences tournament at wind-blown Lancaster Municipal Stadium. The UW's 23-hit offensive eruption came after the Huskies had been shut out Friday by San Diego, 5-0, on three hits.
The Huskies (5-6) overcame deficits of 4-0 and 9-5 in the game.
Sophomore right fielder Taylor Johnson added a three-run homer and drove in four on the day while junior Mike Wagner belted a homer and notched five RBI. Sophomore lefty David Dowling (3-0) worked six and one-third innings, allowing three runs, for his third long-relief win of the season.
Northridge (4-12) got its offense going right away. With one out, Mark McCauley and Francisco Enriquez reached on back-to-back singles before Michael Paulk doubled to the gap in left-center to drive home both runners. After a walk, John Voita singled to right and, after a strikeout, Dominick Phillips blooped a single to left and the Matadors led, 4-0, after one inning.
Washington responded in the second. Singles from Chad Boudon and Aaron Hathaway put runners at first and third and a bad-hop single off the bat of Simi Reynolds drove in Boudon. With runners still at first and third, Reynolds stole second. The throw to second went long, allowing Hathaway to score.
After Greg Issacson walked to put runners at first and third once again, Larsen belted a homer to right, his fifth of the year, giving the Huskies a 5-4 edge.
In the bottom of the second, after a pair of singles and a fielder's choice had tied the score at 5-5, Voita greeted reliever Dowling with a two-run double to put the Matadors in front, 7-5. In the third, Paulk belted his second two-run double of the game and CSUN increased its lead to 9-5.
The Huskies took back the lead with a six-run inning in the fourth. Wagner doubled with the bases loaded to drive in two, and the UW went in front when Taylor Johnson belted his first homer of the year to put Washington ahead, 10-9. After John Otness doubled to continue the inning, Hathaway singled to drive in a sixth run.
Washington extended its lead to 15-9 in the fifth. Simi Reynolds singled and eventually scored when first baseman Aaron McKenzie made an errant throw after a Greg Isaacson bunt. Larsen followed with a double to plate another run. Wagner drove in another when his groundout to second plated Isaacson and Larsen scored on a Johnson sacrifice fly.
Senior shortstop Tila Reynolds drove in a run with a triple in the sixth, plating his younger brother while junior transfer Chad Boudon belted his first Husky homer with none on in the eighth. The elder Reynolds finished with a single, a double and a triple in five at bats. Every Husky starter had a hit and scored a run and all but two had an RBI.
Washington closes out play in the Clash of the Conferences Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. game vs. coach Tony Gwynn and San Diego State.
LINESCORE Washington 21, Cal State Northridge 10 Washington 050 641 014 -- 21 23 0 CS Northridge 432 001 000 -- 10 15 4 Clay Johnson, David Dowling (2), Josh Conover (9) and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (9). Matt Larson, Jimmy Brettl (4) and Adam Fleener. W - Dowling (3-0). L - Brettl (0-1). 2B - CSUN, Michael Paulk, John Voita, Rudy Simpson; UW, Mike Wagner, John Otness, Kyle Larsen, Tila Reynolds. 3B - UW, T. Reynolds. HR - UW, Larsen (5), Taylor Johnson (1), Chad Boudon (1), Wagner (4). T - 3:51. A - 623. Records: UW 5-6; CSUN 4-12.