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Huskies Swept by UC Irvine in Opening Series

Feb 22, 2021

The Washington baseball Team (0-3) dropped another close contest to UC Irvine (3-0) on Monday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep in favor of the Anteaters. 

For the third consecutive game, UC Irvine got on the scoreboard first. In the third inning, a two-out single that snuck through the middle of the infield brought home the first run of the game.

Beyond that, Jack Enger put together a respectable line in his first start of the season for the Huskies, going 3.1 innings, giving up one run along with three hits and two strikeouts.

On the other side of the diamond, the Anteaters once again got a strong outing from their starter, as Nick Pinto threw five scoreless innings, striking out five. In addition to Peter Van Loon's six scoreless innings on Sunday, their starters threw 11 consecutive scoreless innings in the final two games of the series. 

UW was able to tie the game in the sixth thanks to head coach Lindsay Meggs pulling the right strings. Cole Fontenelle came in to pinch hit and knocked a single into left field. He moved to second on a Christian Jones single, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on a pinch-hit single by Preston Viltz.

UC Irvine rallied in the eighth, as a double and intentional walk gave the Anteaters runners on first and second. After a successful double-steal to move the runners up, a Sac Fly to center field gave them the lead and a two-out single provided insurance. 

Braiden Ward led off the ninth being hit by a pitch on a full count, but that would be it for the Huskies, as the next three hitters were retired in order to end the game. 
Husky Notes

  • Will Simpson had his second multi-hit game in the first three games of the year.  
  • Cole Fontenelle came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a run scored. He has multiple hits in both games he has appeared in and has scored a run in both.
  • Braiden Ward, Noah Hsue, Will Simpson, Christian Jones and Michael Petrie have reached base safely in all three games this season. 
  • Christian Dicochea, Johnny Tincher, Brandon Leitgeb and Michael Snyder all saw their first action of the year.

Washington is back in action this Friday, as it hosts UTRGV in its Husky Ballpark opener. The Vaqueros will be in Seattle for a four-game set that will wrap up on Monday evening.