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Huskies Stumble Early; Fall Hard, 13-3, To Nebraska

Feb 23, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz.  – Washington and Nebraska had to wait over three hours after their scheduled first pitch to begin its game Saturday night at Surprise Stadium, and once it got going the Huskies might have wished it had never started.

Nebraska (4-2) scored five runs in the first and added six more in the second inning and cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Huskies (2-3-1).  Washington is now 0-2 in the Pac-12/Big Ten Tournament with one last chance to get a win, Sunday vs. Michigan State at 1 p.m. PT.

Saturday’s game was scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. local time but did not get underway until 10:11 p.m. after Utah and Indiana played a 15-inning affair that the Utes eventually won 5-4.

Huskies’ starter Zach Wright (0-1) got the first batter of the game to strikeout, but from there the wheels fell off. The next three batters all singled, followed by a walk and back-to-back doubles.  By the time the inning was over, Nebraska had scored five times before Washington even took its first hacks.

In the second, Nebraska chased Wright after they put up three more runs. Wright allowed nine runs -- eight of which were earned – on seven hits in 1.1 innings. The Cornhuskers would tack on two more in the second off of reliever Alex Hardy to take an 11-0 lead into the bottom of the second.

Nebraska added two unearned runs to its total in the fifth inning off Brandon Choate to make it 13-0. Choate, a transfer from Tacoma CC, was one of the bright spots for the Huskies. He allowed just one hit, an unearned run and struck out four in 4.0 innings of relief.

Senior Dae Yang Kim also provided solid bullpen support. He gave up two hits in three innings of scoreless relief.

Washington got on the board in the fifth inning when pinch hitter Chris Baker singled in his first collegiate at bat and came around to score on a Braden Bishop triple into the right-center field gap. Bishop would later score on a ground-rule double by Robert Pehl to make it 13-2.

The Huskies added another run in the ninth on a RBI single by Duncan Hendrickson – his first plate appearance of the season.

Bishop and Pehl each had two hits to pace the Huskies’ offense.

Washington wraps up the Pac-12/Big Ten Tournament on Sunday vs. Michigan State and will stay in the desert until Monday when they play Oregon State at 10:00 a.m. PT in a non-conference contest.

Nebraska 13, Washington 2

NEB    560 020 000 –- 13 14  2
UW     000 020 001 –- 3  10  3

Aaron Bummer, Luke Bublitz (7), Colton Howell (7), Max Knutson (9) and Tanner Lubach. Zach Wright, Alex Hardy (2), Brandon Choate (3), Dae Yang Kim (7) and Austin Rei, Parker Guinn (6). W – Bummer (1-1). L – Wright (0-1). Sv – none. HR – none. 2B - NEB, Austin Christsensen, Ryan Boldt, Blake Headley, Steven Reveles. UW – Robert Pehl, Jack Meggs. 3B - UW, Braden Bishop. Time – 2:57. Attendance – 1,206.