April 21, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team swept a doubleheader from Hawaii-Hilo Monday at Husky Ballpark, winning game one 13-1 before taking the nightcap, 9-2. The Huskies improved to 25-12 on the season with the two wins while the Vulcans dropped to 8-32.
Husky right fielder Taylor Johnson went 6-for-7 over the two games and, dating back to his final at bat in the UW's last game, had hit safely in seven straight plate appearances before popping out in his final time up in game two. He had a grand slam, a double, two stolen bases, five RBI and three runs scored on the day.
In the first game, the Huskies posted seven runs in the second inning. In the inning, the Huskies got four singles, a double, two walks and a hit batter. Two-run singles from first baseman Kyle Larsen and catcher Aaron Hathaway accounted for much of the damage.
In the sixth, Johnson capped a 4-for-4 game one with a two-out grand slam, his sixth home run of the season. Hathaway belted a solo homer in the seventh to end the game on a 12-run mercy rule.
Washington freshman Brent Lillibridge, who walked twice and was hit by a pitch, nevertheless had his 13-game hitting streak snapped as he struck out in his two other plate appearances.
Hilo posted its only run of the opening game in the fifth when right fielder Sean Tamura hit a two- out solo home run, his first of the season and only the Vulcans' fourth of the year.
Husky junior starter Jeff Petersen (3-3) took the game-one victory in a pre-determined four-inning start. He held the Vulcans scoreless on three hits while striking out four. Trevor Gibson, who threw three innings of relief, was credited with the save. Hilo's Daniel Lockett (1-6) worked one and two-thirds in the loss, allowing seven runs.
In game two, sophomore third baseman Nick Batkoski, making only his seventh start of the season, got the Huskies stared by belting his first career homer, a two-run shot in the first. After another two runs in the second, a two-run homer from Justin Drake, an RBI double from Ben Johnson and an RBI single from Lillibridge in the third made it 8-0.
In the fourth, junior DH Chad Boudon led off with his 13th home run of the year, already the ninth-highest single-season total in UW history. The Washington school record of 19 home runs was set by Dominic Woody in 1999.
Hilo posted both of their runs in the fifth. After a double from Tom Henderson put runners at second and third, Doug Nassimbene scored on a wild pitch and Henderson came home on a groundout.
UW backup first baseman Steve Ramsey, who entered the day 2-for-15 on the year, went 4-for-4 with a double and three singles in the second game. Freshman Curt Rindal notched his first two career hits, coming off the bench to knock a single and a double.
Clay Johnson (3-2), also working in a four-inning start, earned the win in the nightcap, allowing no runs on three hits and five strikeouts. Robert Shimabuku (0-7) gave up nine earned runs over three innings for the loss. Hilo reliever Blaine Vernon held Washington scoreless over the final five innings.
The Huskies and Vulcans complete the three-game series with a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday night.
LINESCORES Game One: Washington 13, Hawaii-Hilo 1 game ended in bottom of seventh due to 12-run rule UH-Hilo 000 010 0 -- 1 7 2 Washington 071 004 1 -- 13 11 1 Daniel Lockett, Joel Zimmerman (2), Joseph Glaser (7) and Chris Savio. Jeff Petersen, Trevor Gibson (5) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Petersen (3-3). L - Lockett (1-6). Sv - Gibson (1). 2B - UHH, Kaliko Oligo; UW, Taylor Johnson. HR - UHH, Sean Tamura (1); UW, Taylor Johnson (6), Hathaway (3). T - 2:22.
Game Two: Washington 9, Hawaii-Hilo 2 UH-Hilo 000 020 000 -- 2 6 1 Washington 224 100 00x -- 9 16 1 Robert Shimabuku, Blaine Vernon (4) and Nalei Sooto. Clay Johnson, David Dowling (5), Matt Kasser (6), Brian Carter (7), Jamie Hawkins (9) and Ben Johnson. W - C. Johnson (3-2). L - Shimabuku (0-7). 2B - UHH, Tom Henderson; UW, Steve Ramsey, B. Johnson, Curt Rindal. HR - UW, Nick Batkoski (1), Justin Drake (2), Chad Boudon (13). T - 2:40. A - 279. Records: UHH 8-32; UW 25-12.