UW Bats Explode in Series Finale Win Over ASU
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (11-16, 3-9) used a balanced and relentless offensive attack to defeat the Arizona State Sun Devils (18-9, 7-5) in Sunday afternoon's series finale at Husky Ballpark.
It was a game that saw all nine Husky starters get a hit and score a run and was a season high for UW in hits, runs scored and RBIs.
"When one guy gets one and the next guy gets on, that's kind of contagious, just like the tough at-bats are," head coach Lindsay Meggs said of the offensive effort. "Hopefully that will spark us and enable us to relax with people on base."
The Huskies hung their first of four crooked numbers on the day in the bottom of the third inning.
Michael Petrie led off the frame by legging out an infield single. Braiden Ward then singled to right field and went to second base on the throw, giving UW runners on second and third with no outs. Christian Dicochea then grounded out to score Petrie and Ramon Bramasco laid down a bunt single to score Ward. A few batters later, Will Simpson launched a triple off the wall in right field that scored Bramasco and Christian Jones.
After the Sun Devils got on the board with a two-run home run in the fifth, the Huskies would have a quick answer with a big two-out rally. After two quick outs, four straight singles by Simpson, Michael Brown, Nick Kresnak and Cole Miller would plate three runs and give UW a 7-2 lead.
ASU did not go down without a fight, as the Sun Devils hit two more home runs in the sixth inning to make it a 7-6 game. Once again, however, the Huskies had an answer.
After a leadoff single by Christian Dicochea, UW executed a perfect hit-and-run. Dicochea's steal attempt drew the second baseman over to the base and Ramon Bramasco drilled a grounder right through the vacant spot in the infield that would roll all the way to the wall in right-center field and allow him to get to third with an RBI triple. Christian Jones was up next and bombed a ground-rule double to the deepest part of center field that scored Bramasco. Will Simpson then hit another ball off the wall in right field, good enough for an RBI double. When it was all said and done, UW would lead 10-6. The Huskies added three more insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to push the final score to 13-6.
"It's just all momentum," said Will Simpson. "Take the good feeling going into Tuesday against Portland and into the series after that."
After throwing two perfect innings of relief on Friday night, Adam Bloebaum got the start for the Huskies. He turned in a strong outing, going 4.2 innings and striking out seven batters, while allowing two runs. Dylan Lamb entered to finish the fifth inning and would earn the win, his team-best third of the season.
Stefan Raeth came in to finish the sixth inning when the score was just 7-6 with a man on first. He got the last out of that inning and would cruise through the rest of the game without giving up a run to earn the 10-out save, the first of his career.
Washington is back in action on the road this Tuesday against Portland, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m..