UW 7, #19 ASU 2

Diamond Dawgs win season finale

SEATTLE - Jayce Ray made his final home appearance at Husky Ballpark a memorable one, going 4 for 4 and driving in the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Washington celebrated Senior Day with a 7-2 win over 19th ranked Arizona State in the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon.

465 fans saw the Huskies (15-15 Pac-12, 24-32) win the series two games to one and take the season series from the Sun Devils (16-14, 35-20-1) for the first time since 2005.

Ray had a double, three singles and also walked to reach base in all five of his plate appearances. He finished with a run scored and three runs batted in and for the season ended with a .309 average (68 for 220) and a team leading 35 runs scored and 36 RBI.

He got his storybook finale off to a fine start in the bottom of the first inning. With leadoff batter Erik Forgione on third courtesy of a a hit by pitch, sacrifice, and stolen base, Ray bunted for a base hit to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh, Forgione led off with an infield hit, took second on a sacrifice by Andrew Ely and scored to make it 3-2 when Ray lined a 1-1 pitch from Brett Lilek that landed just fair down the left field line for a double. Ray then scored on a single to center by Michael Camporeale to make it 4-2.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Ray finished his perfect afternon with a line single to left to score Ty Afenir to make it 6-2.

Two Husky runs scored on errors by the Sun Devils, one in the bottom of the seventh and one in the bottom of the eighth. Ely drove in Austin Rei with a single in the bottom of the second to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Arizona State scored a run in the top of the third for a 1-1 tie when Jake Peevyhouse walked with one out and scored on a line double to left by Michael Benjamin that eluded a diving Joe Meggs.

The Sun Devils scored their second run in the top of the sixth when Max Rossiter walked, moved to third on a double by Nathaniel Causey and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Trever Allen.

All four seniors in the Washington lineup got at least one of the Huskies' 12 hits. In addition to Ray's 4 for 4, Camporeale finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Afenir went 1 for 3 with a run scored and Meggs went 1 for 3 and also walked.

On the mound Tyler Kane (2-2) got the win in relief of Zach Wright. He went two and two thirds innings, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out one. Trevor Dunlap earned his sixth save with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walk. He also struck out one.

Lilek (2-1) got the loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits in only two thirds innings of relief.

Sunday's finale marked the last game at Husky Ballpark in its current configuration. On Tuesday, May 28, construction will begin on a new grandstand with completion in time for the 2014 season.

The new ballpark will have a seating capacity of 2,200, a new team performance center, new scoreboard and field turf, and new press box.

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