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Engman, Guerrero, And Snyder Shine As Huskies Beat UCLA 7-1 In First Game Of DH

May 7, 2022

SEATTLE - It was Bark at the Park Day at Husky Ballpark and, fittingly, the Dawgs put on an impressive display. Starter Jared Engman had his best outing of the season while sharing the spotlight with Michael Snyder and AJ Guerrero who each went yard twice, as the Huskies took down eighth-ranked UCLA 7-1 to start off their three-game series.

The inning kicked off with a chopper to Josh Urps at second. He charged and fired to first, but the throw was a bit low and ultimately fell out of Coby Morales' glove at first. A single and a walk followed to load up the bases. A ground ball to Cam Clayton at shortstop followed and the Huskies opted to give up a run for the double play.  The next batter flew out to AJ Guerrero in left field.

McKay Barney was unable to find a hole and grounded out to second. Clayton stepped up next and put a charge into one, but the left fielder was able to range toward center to track it down. Johnny Tincher followed with a solid fly ball to center for the final out.

Batter number one got on with a hard hit to first. The second batter went down looking at strike three. A single through the left side put runners on first and second. Next, a pop up to left field brought out number two and the inning came to an end on an unassisted ground out to Michael Snyder at third.

Will Simpson worked a full count, but went down swinging to start the inning. Colby Wallace went down looking at a call low and in and Guerrero went down swinging as well.

UCLA led off with a double down the left field line. Engman followed that up sitting the next batter down swinging. A ground ball to the shortstop delivered the second out. Finally, Tincher fired down to first on a breaking ball in the dirt following another swinging strike three.

Morales led off with a fly ball to left for out number one. Snyder followed popping out to the shortstop in shallow left field. Next up, Urps ripped a shot to right. An error on the play put him on third.  Hoping to capitalize, Barney drove the first pitch he saw to right center, but the right fielder was able to rectify his error with a catch on the run for out number three.

Two fly outs to Guerrero in left started off the inning. Next, Engman delivered a pop fly in foul territory beyond third base. Snyder gave chase and made a impressive catch for the third out.

Cam Clayton led off the inning with a solid ground ball just out of reach of the shortstop. Next, Tincher checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch, but it was enough for the first base ump to throw up a fist. Simpson went down swinging next for out number two. With Wallace at the plate, Clayton read a pitch in the dirt and bolted for second, but the catcher was able to recover and fire down to second just in time to record the third out. 

UCLA jumped on the first pitch of the inning, but sent a lazy fly out to left. The second batter drove a deep ball directly over Barney's head in center, but he tracked it beautifully and hauled it in right before colliding with the wall. The next batter lined out to Morales at first for the third out.

Colby Wallace went down on strikes to start things off. AJ Guerrero stepped in next and drove the first pitch over the right field fence for a home run to tie up the game. Morales grounded out to second for out number two. Next was Snyder's turn and he jumped on the first pitch as well driving a ball deep over the fence in center field to give the Dawgs a 2-1 lead. Up next, Urps singled through the right side. Following a pair of wild pitches, he found himself on third base. Barney took advantage of the opportunity and hit a ball up the middle. It was fielded, but his wheels beat the throw to first allowing Urps to score from third. Next, Clayton legged out an infield hit to short putting runners on first and second with two outs. A Tincher fly out to the first baseman in foul territory however, would wrap up the inning.  The Huskies went to the sixth up 3-1.

With Engman still going strong, the inning's first two batters went down swinging. Next, third baseman Michael Snyder flashed some wicked leather diving at a ball and firing over to first for out number three.

Will Simpson led things off with a single up the middle. Wallace went down swinging for out number one. Guerrero dropped a clean base hit into shallow center field to put two on. Morales went down swinging for the second out of the inning. Then Snyder stepped in and crushed his second deep ball of the day for a three-run home run.  Urps lined out to the pitcher, but damage had been done as the Dawgs increased their lead to 6-1.

Urps made quick work of batter number one with a ground ball his way at second.  Engman sat the next batter down swinging at a 1-2 pitch.  A seeing-eye ground ball through the left side between a diving Snyder and Clayton put a runner on. With two down, Engman got out of the inning with a line drive to Clayton at short.

Barney sent the first pitch of the inning to center field for an out. Clayton followed with a ground out to short and Tincher flew out to center.

Stefan Raeth took over for Engman on the mound to start the inning. His first batter went down swinging for the first out. Batter number two went down looking and the third batter swung at a ball in the dirt. Catcher Johnny Tincher fired down to first to close out the inning.

Simpson flew out to right field to start things off.  Then Wallace grounded out to first for the unassisted put out. With two outs, Guerrero stepped to the plate and sat on a 1-1 pitch, sending it deep to right center for his second home run of the game. Up next, Morales fouled out to left field to close out the inning, but not before the Dawgs had extended their lead to 7-1.

Raeth continued his roll delivering a strike out to start the inning. Batter number two popped out to center field.  Finally, a pop out to left sealed the Husky win.

Jared Engman had an impressive outing as he recorded his third win of the season improving his record to 3-5. He went 7 innings giving up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Stefan Raeth was solid in relief throwing 2 complete innings with no runs, no hits, no walks, and 4 strikeouts.