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Portland Drops Second Straight to Huskies

May 9, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies scored seven runs in the third inning and five more in the seventh en route to a 14-5 non-conference win over the Portland Pilots on Wednesday at Husky Ballpark. Senior outfielder Cory Wiltshire hit a grand slam for the Pilots.

It's the second loss in two days to Washington for Portland, which drops to 19-25 on the season. The Huskies improve to 25-21.

The Huskies plated the game's first seven runs in the bottom of the third. After Portland starter Tommy Renda held the Huskies scoreless during the first two innings, UW greeted reliever Sean Sargent (1-6) with four runs on four hits in the third. With one out, senior Justin Ehlers spelled Sargent and surrendered three more runs on two hits and a walk before ending the inning. UW's Danny Cox had two hits, scored a run and knocked in a run during the frame.

Renda, a redshirt freshman, struck out two and allowed one hit in his first career start.

Trailing 8-0 in the fifth, the Pilots cut the lead in half with one swing of the bat. With the bases loaded and one out, Wiltshire hit his third home run of the season off of Washington starter Bryce Mooney. The blast to right-center field pulled Portland within 8-4.

The Huskies scored another run in the sixth before the Pilots left the yard again. This time sophomore first baseman Chase Powell hit a solo shot to center field to make it 9-5. It's the second homer of the season for Powell.

But Washington responded with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Matt Stevens hit a two-run home run and Bradley Boyer added a two-run double during the outburst.

Mooney, who pitched 4.1 innings, gave way to reliever Tyler Cheney shortly after the Wiltshire home run. Cheney (2-3) pitched a scoreless and hitless 1.2 innings to pick up the win.

Geoff Nicols and Johnny Durocher followed Cheney out of the bullpen. Nicols surrendered Powell's solo blast.

The Huskies finished with 14 hits off of eight Portland pitchers. The Pilots mustered just four hits.

Portland next travels to Los Angeles, Calif. for a three-game West Coast Conference series against the LMU Lions this weekend. The Pilots, who are currently in fifth place in the WCC with a 6-9 record, are slated to face the Lions at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.