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Diamond Dawgs Take Doubleheader
With the sweep the Huskies (36-11-1) also won all three games in the first ever series against the Wildcats (22-31) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and won their seventh straight game.
Brigham (6-2) allowed only four singles and equaled a career high with six strikeouts, tying his personal best, previously set on March 22, 2011 against Arkansas Pine Bluff. The only hits he allowed came courtesy of Zach Olszewski and Eros Modena, who both had two singles.
The best threat mustered against the Husky starter came in the sixth inning when Olszewski singled and one out later Modena reached on a base hit to put runners on at first and second, but Brigham got out of the inning by striking out both Eric Sams and Matt Noble swinging.
The starter for the Wildcats, Keith Zuniga (6-4) entered the game with a 6-3 record and 2.37 ERA but gave up all seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in only three and a third innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. He did, however, hurt his own cause with two costly errors, one in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second.
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Andrew Ely grounded a one out single to center. Zuniga attempted to pick off Ely but threw the ball wildly past first baseman Sams, allowing Ely to take second. Robert Pehl lined out to second baseman Juan Pizarro but Wolfe came through with a clutch ground single to score Ely.
The Huskies added four runs in the bottom of the second to make it 5-0. Alex Schmidt lined a leadoff double past Sams and down the right field line and Ryan Wiggins singled to right to put runners on at first and third. Chris Baker grounded into a fielder's choice putout of Schmidt at home for the first out, and then Jack Meggs hit what looked like a routine inning ending double play grounder back to the mound, but Zuniga made an errant throw to second, allowing Baker, who would have been out, to reach safely and the Huskies to load the bases.
The next batter, Braden Bishop got hit by a 1-1 pitch to force home Wiggins and make it 2-0. Back to back run scoring singles by Ely and Robert Pehl made it 4-0, and Wolfe capped the inning with a sacrifice fly down the left field line and into foul territory to score Bishop and make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies chased Zuniga with two more runs, loading the bases when Meggs singled, Bishop got hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, and Ely singled. Pehl drove in Meggs with a fielder's choice ground out and Wolfe lofted his second sacrifice fly of the game, to right, to plate Bishop.
Bethune-Cookman scored its only run and broke up Washington's bid for its fifth combined shutout of the season when Shaun McCarty scored on a bases loaded walk to Josh Johnson by Zach Wright in the top of the seventh.
Game 1: UW 5, BCU 4 (11)
Meggs scored on a throwing error to give the Huskies a 5-4 win in 11 innings in the first game of the doubleheader. The win gave the Huskies a perfect 5-0 record in extra inning games this season.
With the game tied going into the bottom of the 11th, Meggs, pinch hitting for Kyle London, led off with a walk against third Wildcat pitcher Michael Austin (0-5). Erik Forgione attempted to sacrifice the runner to second but instead got hit by a pitch, putting two Huskies aboard. Bishop then laid down what would have been a successful sacrifice towards third base, but after fielding the ball, Jordan Robinson threw wildly past first, allowing Meggs to score from second with the winning run.
The visitors from Daytona Beach, Florida, took a 3-0 lead against Tyler Davis in the top of the first inning.
Johnson led off the game with a line single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice by Bryant Munoz. Johnson stole third and Modena got hit by a pitch. Sams then bunted for a hit to score Johnson and make it 1-0. Noble struck out looking but Jordan Thomas hit a blooper into shallow right field that landed between Ely and Branden Berry for single, scoring Modena and sending Sams to third.
That brought McCarty to the plate. On a 1-0 count the Wildcats executed a double steal with Thomas swiping second on the front end and Sams stealing home on the back end for a 3-0 lead.
The Huskies came back with three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game. With one out, Austin Rei lined a double down the left field line and into the corner. Berry drove in Rei with a line single to left center. Forgione and Bishop both singled to load the bases. Ely lofted an 0-1 pitch from starter Scott Garner to center for a sacrifice fly to score Berry and make it 3-2. Pehl batted next and grounded the first pitch from Garner to center to score Forgione for 3 all.
Washington made it 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Trevor Mitsui led off with an infield hit and Schmidt followed with a line single off the glove of right fielder Johnson. Rei walked to load the bases and Berry drove in Mitsui with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Wildcats tied the game at 4 in the top of the sixth. Noble led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice, took third on a groundout to first, and scored on a line single over a diving Ely in right center by Pizarro.
That run marked the most Davis has given up in a start this season. He previously gave up three runs against Oregon State on February 24. Davis tied a career high set one week earlier at Utah with eight innings pitched, allowing a season high 10 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Will Ballowe pitched two and thirds innings of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit, and Troy Rallings (5-0) got the win, retiring both batters he faced in the top of the 11th. He had a runner on at third with two outs but struck out Robinson to end the inning.
The Wildcat starter, Garner, also came away with a no-decision. He gave up four runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks in two plus innings. He did not strike out a batter. John Sever pitched seven innings of scoreless relief against the Huskies, allowing only two hits while walking one and striking out two.
The Huskies next return to action on Tuesday, May 13 when they host Seattle U at 5 p.m. in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark. They then travel to second ranked Oregon State for a three game showdown between the top two teams in the Pac-12 from May 16-18.
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