Huskies Drop Opening Game Of Arizona Series 8-3
SEATTLE - Sitting in the upper half of the conference standings, the Huskies (14-10, 5-4) knew they had their work cut out for them to remain there as they welcomed the 15th ranked Arizona Wildcats (18-7, 6-3) to Husky Ballpark. Taking the field under overcast skies, the Huskies in their white and purple pinstriped uniforms saw a fairly uneventful first two innings with starter RHP Jared Engman leading the way. That would soon change however.
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Arizona's leadoff batter reached on an error at third. He was soon pushed across the plate as the next batter hit a ball sky high that surely hit a jet stream as it somehow managed to escape beyond the left field wall giving Arizona a 2-0 lead. Following a ground out, a single and a walk offered cause for concern, but Engman was able to come through with a ground ball to Cam Clayton to kick off a beautiful and much needed double play.
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The inning started with a little controversy as a Coby Morales charged and dove for a ball in right making a catch that was a bit of a judgement call. The umpires gathered for a meeting and ultimately made the no catch call. Coach Lindsay Meggs sauntered out for a discussion of his own, but to no avail. Another single and a balk put runners on second and third. A strikeout followed, but the next batter reached on a 6-5 fielder's choice scoring the runner from third. No out was awarded on the play however, as the runner on second managed to get back. The next batter singled through the left side bringing the runner on second in to make it a 4-0 ballgame.
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McKay Barney got things started with a single to left field. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Johnny Tincher grounded out to the pitcher next, but he was able to move Barney up 90 feet. A Will Simpson ball to the shortstop would put the Dawgs on the board for the first time making the score 4-1.
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AJ Guerrero started the inning with a trip to first base on four straight balls. Second base was his next destination following a wild pitch. Michael Snyder played a bit of copy cat walking as well on four straight pitches and advancing on a wild pitch. Clayton sent a ground ball to second base next. He would be out on the play, but both runners advance scoring the Huskies second run. Two batters later Luke Rohleder chopped a ball to the third baseman who fielded it cleanly, but decided not to risk a throw giving Rohleder the base hit and the RBI as Snyder scored. Dawgs were creeping closer at 4-3.
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RHP Josh Emanuels replaced Engman to start the inning and notched a quick strikeout and pop out before the third batter lifted a full count pitch deep over the left field fence. A final strikeout came one batter too late. Wildcats now led 5-3.
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Arizona quickly added another as the leadoff batter send one out beyond the left field fence as well.
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A leadoff walk soon found himself on third following a throwing error by the pitcher. A steal of second base put two runners in scoring position, just in time for a single up the middle that would score them both. The Wildcats would hang on to that 8-3 advantage to wrap up the game.
Starter Jared Engman took the loss moving to 2-4. He pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Josh Emanuels (1 and 1/3 innings) and Jack Enger (2 and 2/3 innings) each gave up 2 runs with 3 strikeouts in relief.
Huskies look to rebound Saturday at 2:05 PM.