Baseball Sweeps GWU; Erickson Ties HR Mark
March 14, 1999
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team won both games of a doubleheader, 9-0 and 9-3, and completed a three-game sweep of George Washington Sunday at Husky Ballpark. Junior Ed Erickson, who hit a home run in each game, increased his career total to 30, tying the Husky record held by former All- American Kevin Miller (1996-98).
Washington improved to 11-4 with the two victories while the Colonials fell to 6-10.
In game one, sophomore Jeff Carlsen (3-0) combined with freshman Taylor Grant to throw a six-hit shutout. Carlsen worked the first seven innings, allowing three hits and one walk while fanning seven. No GWU runner reached third base in the game.
The Huskies led 1-0 before Erickson's fifth-inning solo homer made it 2-0, then broke out with three in the seventh and four in the eighth. Erickson went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI for the game. GWU starter Tom Baginski suffered the loss to fall to 1-3.
In the nightcap, GWU slugger Joe Beichert blasted his ninth homer to lead off the second and give his team its only lead of the weekend, but the Huskies scored five in the second and cruised from there. Erickson's eighth homer of the year came in the fourth, a three-run blast.
Pete Orgill also had three hits in game two and Husky junior starter Travis Anderson (1-1) worked five innings for the victory. Ari Zagaris dropped to 1-3 with the loss. Beichert had two RBI to pace GWU.
Next Saturday, the Huskies open Pac-10 play when they travel to Berkeley for three games with California (Sat.-Mon.). The games will mark the UW's first action in the newly unified conference.
LINESCORES Game 1 -- Washington 9, George Washington 0 Geo. Washington 000 000 000 -- 0 6 0 Washington 000 101 34x -- 9 12 0 Tom Baginski, Mike O'Connor (7), Clint Sells (7) and Joe Beichert. Jeff Carlsen, Taylor Grant (8) and Jake Gann. W - Carlsen (3-0). L - Baginski (1-3). 2B - UW, Ed Erickson, Bryan Williamson, Marc Rittenhouse, Nick Stefonick. 3B - UW, Todd Linden. HR - UW, Erickson (7). T - 2:42