Huskies Drop Midweek Game to Gonzaga
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (15-17) dropped a tight midweek contest to the Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-13) at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday afternoon, falling by a score of 3-0.
All four UW pitchers had strong outings, but two unearned runs in the third inning were all Gonzaga would need. A solo home run in the fourth was the only earned run in the game and acted as insurance for the Bulldogs.
Gabe Smith got the start for the Huskies and threw 3.1 innings, giving up three runs, but just one earned. With runners on second and third with two outs in the third inning, a throwing error on a ground ball scored both Bulldog runners to give Gonzaga a 2-0 lead. The home run in the fourth made it 3-0 and would be the last run scored in the game.
Dylan Lamb entered with one out in the fourth inning and gave up a leadoff single, but got the last two outs of the inning. He threw a 1-2-3 fifth inning before making way for Stu Flesland III.
Over 3.1 innings, Flesland III set down 10 straight Gonzaga batters for a perfect stint of relief. Stefan Raeth got the last two outs of the ninth, making it 17 straight batters retired by the UW bullpen in the game.
Despite a nearly-perfect effort from the bullpen, the Husky bats could not find a run. They managed just two hits in the game, including a Will Simpson single in the third, giving him an eight-game hitting streak. Braiden Ward singled into left field in the bottom of the ninth, where UW brought the tying run to the plate, but the Huskies could not get a run home.