Huskies Drop First Game of Series to LMU
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (3-5) dropped another close game on Friday night, falling to the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-3) by a score of 2-1.
Runs did not come easy for either team and it took extra innings to settle the score. LMU would ultimately win in 10 innings with the deciding run being scored on a pitch that got away from the catcher.
It was a pitchers duel early, with neither side being able to score through the first three innings.
UW broke through first, sparked by a Michael Brown opposite-field single in the bottom of the fourth. Christian Jones then ripped a single up the middle. The ball got past the center fielder, allowing Brown to come around to score from first, while Jones raced to third on the play.
The Lions had a quick answer in the top of the fifth. The led off with back-to-back singles and a double-steal to give them runners on second and third with no outs. Husky starter Logan Gerling sandwiched two strikeouts around an intentional walk, but with two outs, LMU drew a walk on a full count that brought home the tying run.
That inning would close the book on Gerling, who threw 4.2 innings, giving up that lone run and striking out seven Lions.
After the Huskies went down in order in the fifth, the two bullpens would combine to throw 8 scoreless innings to send the game into extras. Husky relievers combined to throw 5.1 innings on the night, with its only run being unearned.
"Our bullpen has been great. This league is about a good bullpen and we've got a good bullpen," said head coach Lindsay Meggs.
In the top of the 10th, LMU's leadoff hitter reached second base on an error, went to third on a bunt and came home on a ball that got away from the catcher. That would win up being the deciding run, as UW couldn't push home Ramon Bramasco, who led off the bottom of the 10th with a double.
The Huskies are back in action for game two of their series against LMU on Saturday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m..
- With his leadoff single in the first, Braiden Ward has now reached base safely in all eight games, while hitting safely in seven of them.
- Ward stole two more bases on Friday night and now leads both the Pac-12 and the country with 9 steals this season.
- Davis Delorefice, Stefan Raeth and Stu Flesland III have now combined to throw 15 scoreless innings out of the bullpen this season.