UW Drops Opening Game to WSU
PULLMAN, Wash. -- On a day where all 9 runs came in one inning, the Washington Huskies found themselves on the wrong end of their first game against Washington State on Thursday afternoon, falling by a score of 8-1.
The Huskies got on the board first with a Noah Hsue RBI single in the top of the sixth, but the Cougars would plate 8 in the bottom half of the inning and that scoreline would hold for the final three innings.
Logan Gerling got the start for UW and was fantastic through his first five frames. After a one-out walk in the fourth, Gerling combined with catcher Johnny Tincher and Hsue at second base for a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, WSU got a runner on with a leadoff single, but with one out, Michael Snyder made a leaping catch on a line drive at third base and doubled off the runner at first to get out of the inning unscathed.
With UW leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, a solo home run from the Cougars with some help from heavy wind gusts tied the game at 1-1. After an error and walk put two more runners on, Gerling exited the game with one out. The Huskies would use three more pitchers that inning while WSU rallied for another 7 runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
While true freshman Brock Gillis tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, the UW offense couldn't engineer a comeback.
Another true freshman that played well for the Huskies was Michael Brown. Making his first ever start at first base, Brown made a great diving play on a ground ball in the third inning to help keep the Cougars off the board early. He also laced two doubles -- his first game with multiple extra-base hits -- and scored the lone run for UW after one of his doubles put him in scoring position for Hsue's RBI single.
Game two of the Apple Cup series will be Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.