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Huskies Drop Series Finale to No. 13 Arizona

May 16, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Washington Huskies dropped their series finale against No. 13 Arizona on Sunday afternoon by a score of 11-2.

The Huskies started strong on both ends, but the Wildcats outlasted them to complete the three-game sweep in Tucson. 

UW got on the board early, as Braiden Ward ripped a one-out double in the first inning before coming home to score on a Christian Jones RBI single. 

Making his first start of the season for the Huskies was Stefan Raeth, who was dominant his first time through the order. He set down the first nine Arizona batters in order, including three strikeouts.

The Wildcats would break through in the fourth, using a leadoff walk followed by two home runs to take a 3-1 lead. They broke the game open in the sixth inning, as an RBI double and three-run home run made it a 7-1 game. A home run and sac fly in the seventh would make it 9-1.

The Huskies got a run back in the eighth, with Ward and Jones being the offensive catalysts again. Ward singled and went to third on a Jones double before coming home on a ground ball to the pitcher and beating the throw home. 

In the bottom of the eighth, true freshman Davis Spencer made his collegiate debut for UW. Spencer retired one batter on a groundout, but Arizona would add a pair of runs in the frame to make it 11-2. Another true freshman Brock Gillis would get the last two outs of the inning and Gillis has now retired all 11 batters he has faced this season.

Washington returns home this upcoming weekend to Husky Ballpark and will host Utah in a three-game series, which will include Senior Day festivities on Sunday.