Guerrero, Simpson Lead UW to Series Win Over Texas State
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (14-16) used a gutsy outing by Tyson Guerrero and a big fifth inning to clinch a series win over the Texas State Bobcats (15-21) on Saturday, winning the game by a score of 6-3
Guerrero battled through five innings of one run ball, stranding seven Bobcat runners in the process and twice got the last out of an inning with the bases loaded.
Texas State would get on the board first in the top of the third inning. With two outs, the Bobcats strung together a pair of doubles to take a 1-0 lead.
After a 1-2-3 fourth, Texas State loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Guerrero dug deep and pushed his pitch count to 97, but struck out the next three hitters in order to keep the Bobcats of the scoreboard and finish his day with a bang. He went 5.0 innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out seven.
In the bottom of the third. the Huskies got on the board thanks to the duo of Michael Petrie and Ramon Bramasco. Petrie led off the inning with a single, then took second base on a ball in the dirt that he read well. Christian Dicochea bunted him to third, then Ramon Bramasco ripped his second straight double down the third base line that scored Petrie easily and tied the game at 1-1.
The big inning for UW came in the bottom of the fifth. The top of the Husky lineup provided the go-ahead run when Christian Dicochea, Ramon Bramasco and Christian Jones all singled, with Jones scoring Dichochea from third. Batting cleanup, Will Simpson hit a towering fly ball to right-center field that carried over the wall for a three-run home run that gave UW a 5-1 lead.
Two batters later, Michael Brown put together the best at-bat of the day. He saw 10 pitches and fouled off five, before crushing a ball the other way for a solo home run that banged off the light fixture in left-center field. That gave the Huskies a 6-1 lead.
While Texas State hit two solo home runs in the next half-inning, that would be it for the scoring. Stu Flesland III came in and got six straight outs to finish the seventh and cruise through the eighth. For the top of the ninth, Davis Delorefice tossed a scoreless frame for his fourth save of the season.
Washington will go for the three-game sweep over Texas State on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m..