UW 7, Gonzaga 1

SEATTLE - Washington capitalized on a throwing error to score four unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning and went on to beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-1 in a non conference game at rainy Husky Ballpark on Tuesday night.

After rain delayed the start of the game for 30 minutes and interrupted the game again for 20 minutes in the top of the fourth, the Huskies continued to play stellar baseball, winning their seventh straight game for the second time this season and for the 14th time in their last 15 games to improve to 17-5-1, while the Zags dropped to 9-14.

The Huskies also improved their perfect home record to 8-0, having won four games at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and winning their first four games at their new ballpark.

Erik Forgione led off the third against starter Will Abram (1-2) with a routine ground ball to short but reached safely when Mitch Gunsolus made an errant throw to first, pulling Taylor Jones off the bag. Then, taking advantage of third baseman Cabe Reiten playing deep and not respecting the bunt, both Braden Bishop and Andrew Ely bunted for base hits to load the bases. Robert Pehl lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Forgione and advance Bishop to third. Branden Berry then plated Bishop with another sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0.

Those two fly balls would have ended the inning but the Huskies used the extra out given to them to add two more runs. Trevor Mitsui lined a single to left center, moving Ely to third, and Pac-12 player of the week Brian Wolfe doubled over the head of left fielder Cory LeBrun to score Ely for 3-0. A wild pitch by Abram allowed Mitsui to score for 4-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies added a pair of runs to make it 6-0. Wolfe drew a leadoff walk against reliever David Bigelow and Josh Cushing got hit by a pitch. Parker Guinn sacrificed the runners up a base. Wolfe scored on a ground single to left by Forgione and Cushing scored on a wild pitch.

Washington scored its final run in the bottom of the eighth when Bishop reached on an error by first baseman Nick Brooks, stole second, and scored on a line single to right center by Berry.

Five Husky pitchers combined to limit the Zags to one run on four hits. Henry Baker made his third start of the season and went the first three innings, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three. Alex Nesbitt pitched a scoreless fourth before yielding to Trevor Dunlap (2-1), who wound up as the pitcher of record, going three hitless innings, walking one while striking out two.

The Zags got their only run against fourth pitcher Brandon Choate in the top of the eighth. After Brooks struck out looking to lead off the inning, Troy LaBrie walked and pinch hitter Beau Bozett doubled over Meggs's head in left field to score LaBrie.

Will Ballowe pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up the win for the Huskies, who now hit the road and resume Pac-12 play when they face the USC Trojans in Los Angeles from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.

Their perfect home record will face a stern test when the Oregon Ducks visit Husky Ballpark for a three game series Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6.

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