Simpson Walks off New Mexico For Second Time to Win Series
SEATTLE -- For the second time this weekend, Will Simpson walked off the New Mexico Lobos (9-16), this time clinching a series win at Husky Ballpark. Washington (17-18) has now won two consecutive weekend series and finished 6-2 during its stretch of eight straight non-conference games.
"It's not easy to roll back in here and have a lot of energy based on how we lost last night," said head coach Lindsay Meggs. "I'm proud of the way we pitched and I'm happy for our hitters. We got some ket hits in key moments. It's just a good win for all of us."
Adam Bloebaum got the start for the Huskies for the third straight Sunday and once again was effective on the mound. He went 4+ innings, giving up two runs while striking out five and walking none.
Already up 2-0 from runs in the third and fourth innings, the Lobos singled off Bloebaum to start the fifth. Dylan Lamb entered from the bullpen and quickly got a double-play before getting a pop out to end the frame.
UW began to chip away in the bottom of the fifth. Kaiser Weiss, Braiden Ward and Ramon Bramasco all singled to load the bases. Christian Jones ripped a fly ball into right field and while the Lobo outfielder was in perfect position to make the catch, Weiss easily tagged from third to get the Huskies on the board.
The next batter was Will Simpson, who was on a 10-game hitting streak but 0-for-1 on the day. With three New Mexico players shifted to the left side of the infield, SImpson went the other way and singled into right field to bring home Ward and tie the game, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
The game turned into yet another pitchers' duel, as the Lobo bullpen posted three straight scoreless innings, matching the stellar effort from UW's relievers. Lamb threw a 1-2-3 sixth and a scoreless seventh as well. He gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, but got the first out of the inning before making way for Gabe Smith.
Facing the three and four hitters in the New Mexico lineup, Smith struck out both to strand a runner on third base to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, Smith got a groundout, gave up a single and then got a double-play ball to get out of the inning on 4 pitches.
True freshman Carson Blatnick pinch hit to lead off the bottom of the ninth and worked a walk. Blatnick also pinch-hit in the bottom of the 10th on Friday, falling behind 0-2 before working another walk. Davis Delorefice, normally the UW closer, emerged from the dugout to run for Blatnick. Braiden Ward then bunted Delorefice to second.
After a Ramon Bramasco flyout, the Lobos elected to intentionally walk Christian Jones with first base open, setting up a matchup with Will Simpson, who walked off New Mexico on Friday as well. With the infield once again shifted to the left side, Simpson took the first pitch the other way into right field, scoring Delorefice from second and walking off the Lobos for the second time in three games.
DAWGS WIN!!!! WILL SIMPSON DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!
— Washington Baseball (@UW_Baseball) April 25, 2021
For the Husky Bullpen, Dylan Lamb finished with 3.1 scoreless innings on just two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Following suit was Gabe Smith, who pitched for the fourth straight game and earned the win, his second of the weekend and team-high fourth of the year to bring his record to 4-2. In the game, Smith threw 1.2 innings, giving up one baserunner on a single and striking out two.
Washington returns to the field and is back in Pac-12 play this weekend when it hosts California at Husky Ballpark for a three-game series.