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UW Hosts Gonzaga in Midweek Action

Apr 19, 2021

SEATTLE -- Looking to keep up their winning ways, the Washington Huskies (15-16) will host in-state foe Gonzaga (22-13) on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. The two teams played once earlier in the season, with the Bulldogs claiming a 7-2 victory out in Spokane. The game will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus via the Washington Live Stream 3 channel with Jason Dorow on the call.

The Huskies are riding a five-game winning streak dating back to their series finale win over Arizona State. They went on the road and defeated Portland in midweek action before sweeping Texas State this past weekend in three games at Husky Ballpark. 

Gonzaga is coming off a three-game series against Pepperdine that saw the Bulldogs winning two-of-three, including an 11-6 victory in the rubber game. They are led by long-time head coach Mark Machtolf, who is in his 17th season at the helm of the program and has amassed 500 wins at Gonzaga.

As a team, the Bulldogs boast a .285 batting average, with four players batting over .300 this season. Brett Harris leads them with a .371 AVG, 1.053 OPS and 39 runs scored. Andrew Orzel paces the team with his 30 RBIs, while Stephen Lund's six home runs are twice as many as the next-best teammate.

Alec Gomez will get the start for Gonzaga and he is 3-1 on the season with a 4.97 ERA in nine games pitched (four starts). His last action was a start against Oregon State where he went 2.2 innings, gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks with no strikeouts. 

UW will give the ball to Gabe Smith, who will make his second start of the season in a midweek game. Last Tuesday against Portland, Smith was very efficient in 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, but walking none and throwing just 41 pitches in those four frames. He is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 15 appearances this season.

The Husky bats have begun to come alive over the past few weeks, as they combined for 31 hits in the first two games of their series against Texas State. Will Simpson has five straight multi-hit games and has raised his average from .229 to .321 in the last 10 games. Ramon Bramasco also had three-straight games with at least three hits last week and has raised his average from .214 to .314 in the last seven games.