UW 2, Cal Poly 1

Diamond Dawgs win season home opener

SEATTLE - Tyler Kane retired all four batters he faced in relief to notch his second save of the season as Washington began its 2013 home season with a 2-1 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs at a windy Husky Ballpark on Friday night. With the win the Huskies (3-6) snapped a three game losing streak and gave the Mustangs (7-1) their first loss of the season.

Kane entered the game in the top of the eighth with two Mustangs on base and two outs. Denver Chavez grounded a single to center against Husky starter Austin Voth (2-1) and Brian Mundell drew walk against reliever Zach Wright. With Nick Torres, the Mustangs' hitting star for the game with a home run and double, up next, the Huskies decided to bring Kane into the game. Torres grounded into a fielder's choice putout at second to end the inning.

Then in the ninth Kane set down Cal Poly in order. PInch hitter Jordan Ellis popped out to second and Jordan Brower flied out to right. Elliot Stewart came up to pinch hit for Chris Hoo. Kane battled Stewart for nine pitches before finally striking him out swinging.

Voth and Joey Wagman (2-1) both recorded quality starts on the mound. Voth went seven and one third innings, allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out nine. The lone run against him came in the top of the fourth when Torres drove a one strike pitch into the visitors bullpen in left field for his first home run of the season.

Wagman went six and two thirds innings, allowing two runs on only four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out seven. Wagman gave up his first run in the bottom of the fourth. After retiring the first 11 Huskies he faced, Jayce Ray grounded a single to center for the Huskies' first hit and baserunner. Robert Pehl then grounded the first pitch from Wagman down the left field line for a double to score Ray.

The Huskies made it 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. With one out Pehl hit his second double of the game, again down the left field line, and scored on a single to center by Michael Camporeale.

The three game series resumes on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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