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Costly 5th Inning Does In Huskies in Game 2 of UCSD Doubleheader

Feb 26, 2022

Having just evened the four-game series at UC San Diego at one a piece, the Huskies looked to keep the momentum going in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader.

Michael Snyder lit a spark with a one-out double to left center in the top of the 2nd, but it failed to ignite.

In the top of the 3rd, McKay Barney stroked a two-out double to left field. A wild pitch moved him to third, but not for long. An error by the third baseman allowed Barney to advance giving the Dawgs a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the 5th, Catcher Jake Leitgeb who was starting his first collegiate game notched his first hit as well with a single to right field. Unfortunately Husky batters were unable to move him around.

Starting on the mound for the Huskies, Jared Engman was dealing! He sat the Tritons down in order over the first two innings and added 3 Ks in the third. A lone single in the fourth had him in a groove with 7 K's, but the situation was about to get sticky.

In the 5th, an error by Cam Clayton at shortstop put the lead off runner on. Two doubles and a triple followed putting an end to Engman's outing. Jack Bunnell took the mound with one out, however Triton momentum was hard to contain as a single and two more doubles plated before a fly out and strike out ended the onslaught.  Heading into the top of the 6th, the Huskies were staring down a 6-1 deficit. 

In the 8th, a lead off walk by Josh Urps drew signs of life. Two outs followed however until Will Simpson singled to right field advancing Barney, a fielder's choice replacement, over to third.  A.J. Guerrero singled to short scoring Barney for what would prove to be the final run of the 6-2 game.

Engman collected the Loss moving to 0-2 on the year. He had 7 strike outs and no walks over 4.1 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits. Stu Flesland III posted two strike outs and a host of zeroes over 1.2 innings and Bryce Armstrong added another 3 strike outs and 1 hit over 1 inning.