#9 Washington 7, Stanford 2

SEATTLE - Robert Pehl and Brian Wolfe led a 13 hit Washington attack with three hits apiece as the ninth ranked Huskies downed Stanford 7-2 in the middle game of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark.

1,585 fans packed the yard under clear and sunny skies on a Saturday night and saw the Huskies (12-2 Pac-12, 24-6-1) win their fourth straight game and fifth straight Pac-12 series while the Cardinal dropped to 3-8,11-16.

The Huskies got to Cal Quantrill (3-3) for two runs in the first and two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

In the first Braden Bishop led off with a line single to right and got forced at second when Andrew Ely bunted into a fielder's choice. With Ely aboard at first, Pehl looped a single to shallow left and Wolfe drove in Ely with a check swing bloop single to center. Trevor Mitsui then grounded a double just inside third base and down the left field line to plate Pehl for 2-0.

In the second, Erik Forgione led off with a single and took second on a sacrifice by Bishop. An errant pickoff attempt by catcher Wayne Taylor allowed Forgione to move to third, and he scored for 3-0 when Ely laid down a squeeze bunt towards first base. Pehl then came up and looped another single, this time to right center and Wolfe drove him in with a double just beyond the outstretched glove of Zach Hoffpauir in right center.

Stanford came back with a run in the top of the third to make it 4-1. Taylor doubled down the left field line, took third on a groundout by Drew Jackson and scored on a sacrifice fly to left center by Alex Blandino. On the scoring play Bishop saved another run when he reached over the wall in left center to rob Blandino of his second home run of the series.

In Friday's opener, Blandino became the first visiting player to homer at the new Husky Ballpark when he hit a solo shot in the eighth inning against Will Ballowe.

The Cardinal made it 4-2 in the top of the fourth when Danny Diekroeger led off with a single, took second on a single by Austin Slater, and scored one out later on a single by Hoffpauir. Dominic Jose then singled to load the bases against Husky starter and winner Tyler Davis, but he got out of the jam when he got Taylor to pop out to short and Jackson to ground out to second.

In the fifth, the Huskies went up 5-2 when Wolfe led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Quantrill.

Then in the seventh, the Huskies got some breathing room with two more runs. Pehl led off with single and took second on a sacrifice by Wolfe. After Mitsui grounded out to third, Branden Berry got hit by a pitch. A wild pitch by Sam Lindquist allowed both runners to advance a base, and they scored when Alex Schmidt lined an opposite field double into the left field corner.

Davis (7-1) did not pitch as well as he did in his last start against Oregon when he set career highs for innings pitched and strikeouts in a single game but he went long enough to get the win. He gave up both runs, earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out two in five and two thirds innings.

He also escaped another bases loaded jam in the fifth when Alex Dunlap lined into a second to first double play.

For Stanford, Quantrill also went five and two thirds innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on 11 hits. He walked three and struck out four.

The Huskies aim to sweep their third Pac-12 series of the season when they host Stanford at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Jeff Brigham will take the mound against a starter to be determined.

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