UW 5, Arizona 2

Tyler Davis (Courtesy: UW Media Relations)

SEATTLE - Robert Pehl drove in two runs, including the go ahead run, and Tyler Davis pitched seven innings of three hit ball as the Huskies beat the Arizona Wildcats 5-2 in the second game of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on an overcast Saturday afternoon.

With the win before 1,223 fans the Huskies (4-1, 15-5-1) won for the second time in as many games at the new Husky Ballpark and their fifth straight overall while the Wildcats (1-4, 11-14) suffered their fifth straight defeat.

With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the third, Braden Bishop doubled for his second hit of the game, moved to third on a sacrifice by Andrew Ely, and scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Pehl.

The top third of the Husky batting order, Bishop, Ely and Pehl, also accounted for the Huskies' first run of the game and a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first against starter Cody Hamlin, who entered the game with a 2.15 earned run average. Bishop reached base on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice by Ely, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Pehl.

Arizona came right back in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1 with the only run of the game against Davis (4-1). Trent Gilbert led off with a line single to left, advanced to second and third, respectively, on a pair of groundouts, and scored on a wild pitch. Davis would only allow two more singles, both in the top of the third, by Joseph Maggi and Scott Kingery, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a line single to center.

Fortunately for Davis, catcher Austin Rei helped him get out of the inning without any damage, first throwing out Maggi at second trying to steal and then nailing Kingery. Davis would then retire 12 straight batters before walking Zach Gibbons to lead off the eighth. He finished with one earned run allowed on three hits and one walk while striking out two.

Will Ballowe Trevor Dunlap, and Troy Rallings, who also pitched in Friday's opener, followed Davis to the mound with Rallings retiring the Wildcats in order in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

For the Wildcats, Hamlin (3-2) got the loss, finishing with five runs allowed, four earned, on 12 hits in seven and one thirds innings. He did not walk a Husky and struck out four.

Trevor Mitsui and Brian Wolfe both finished 3 for 4 at the plate with a run scored for the Diamond Dawgs while Mitsui added a run batted in. Rei, the offensive star in Friday's 8-7 win, had another multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with one RBI.

Washington scored a run for a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Mitsui singled to left and moved to third on a double to right by Rei. Right fielder Kenny Meimerstorf made an errant throw to the infield after fielding Rei's hit, allowing Mitsui to score.

The Huskies then added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of four straight singles, with Mitsui driving in Branden Berry for 4-1 and Rei plating Wolfe for 5-1.

Arizona made it 5-2 in the top of the eighth with a run charged to Ballowe. After Ballowe relieved Davis with Gibbons at first and got Riley Moore to ground into a double play, Willie Calhoun singled. He advanced to second on a single by Meimerstorf against Dunlap, and scored on a base hit by Maggi.

Washington looks to sweep Arizona when the two teams return to Husky Ballpark for the finale of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Jeff Brigham (3-0, 1.29 ERA) will start for the Huskies while Austin Schnabel (0-2, 5.84) goes to the hill for the Wildcats.

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