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Bullpen, Brown Power Huskies to Win Over Portland

Mar 9, 2021

SEATTLE -- In another close game at Husky Ballpark, the Washington baseball team executed to near-perfection to take home a 2-1 victory over Portland (3-7).

The Huskies (5-6) were able to earn the win thanks to a dominant bullpen and clutch hitting in the sixth inning from Michael Brown and Ramon Bramasco.

Making his first-career start for UW was Nate Weeldreyer, who was also making his first appearance of the season. After working through two scoreless innings, he exited with one out in the top of the third and two men on base. The Pilots took a 1-0 lead that inning on a bases-loaded walk, but that would be it for them.

Gabe Smith entered the game to get the last out of the third and keep Portland from any further damage. Smith remained in the game and threw three more scoreless innings and ultimately earned the win. The last batter he would face would end the top of the sixth inning. Smith finished with a line of 3.1 innings, 0 runs, one hit and two strikeouts. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Braiden Ward singled with one out to start the Husky rally. On a hit-and-run play, Ramon Bramasco ripped a double down the left field line, which brought home Ward from first.
 

Two batters later, Michael Brown stepped up to the plate and swung and missed at the first pitch. He called timeout and had a brief talk with head coach Lindsay Meggs. He stepped back in and on the next pitch, hit a line drive the other way into the left field corner, which scored Bramasco and gave UW a 2-1 lead. 
 

With the Huskies in front, it was just a matter of the bullpen closing things out, which was no issue. Colton Charnholm came in for the seventh and would wind up getting out all five batters he faced. With two outs in the eighth, he made way for Davis Delorefice, who struck out the final batter of the inning on three pitches. Delorefice then struck out the first two batters of the ninth and got a ground ball to Michael Snyder at first base for the final out of the night.

UW returns to action this Thursday, when it hosts a three-team event with Seattle and Washington State. The Huskies will play Seattle on Thursday evening, Washington State on Friday night and both teams in a Saturday double-header. 
Husky Notes

  • With his third inning single, Braiden Ward has now reached base safely in all 11 games this season.
  • Ward also stole his 10th base of the season, which leads the Pac-12 and is tied for the NCAA lead.
  • Dating back to Monday's game, the UW bullpen has thrown 10.2 straight innings without an earned run.