Huskies Defeat Seattle U, 4-2
SEATTLE - Husky pitching continued to shine as they held Seattle U. to just a pair of solo home runs in the rubber match of the season series tonight. Offensively, nine Huskies collected a total of 12 hits to drive the offense. Michael Snyder's two-run double in the fifth put the Dawgs on top for good as the Huskies won 4-2.
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Stu Flesland III started quick on the mound sitting the first batter down as catcher Johnny Tincher squeezed a foul tip on the third pitch of the game. Pitch number four delivered a lazy fly ball to Josh Urps at second for out number two. With two strikes, batter number three fouled a couple off with late swings, then went down looking to end the nine-pitch inning.
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McKay Barney ignited the first inning with his wheels, laying down a beautiful bunt to the third baseman whose throw was just late getting to first. On the second pitch to Cam Clayton, Barney turned on his wheels again and swiped second. The risk turned out to be unnecessary however, as Clayton ultimately drew an eight-pitch walk. Tincher stepped in next and sent a line drive to left field loading the bases. Will Simpson followed with a hard grounder to third. The fielder stepped on third and fired over to first, exchanging a run for the double play. AJ Guerrero lined out to third to end the inning.
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The second started a little differently for Flesland as the first pitch was sent over the left field fence to quickly tie things up at one a piece. Batter number two popped out to Simpson at first. A ground ball to Clayton at short should've been out number two, but a wide throw to first allowed the runner to reach safely. Next came a hard drive to center, but Barney was able to shade to his left to make the catch. An identical fly ball, but to Barney's right this time, closed the door on the top half of the second.
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Michael Snyder put a charge into one to right center, but it was hauled in by the centerfielder for the first out. Coby Morales came up next and had a hard hit to second that bounced right in front of the fielder, eating him up for an error. Safely on first, Morales was then able to take second on a wild pitch. With one out and a runner in scoring position, Colby Wallace found himself with a base hit after a chopper to short. Runners were now on the corners for Josh Urps who dropped one into shallow right scoring Morales to give the Huskies the lead again. Barney grounded out to third next, but it advanced the runners to second and third. With two down now, Clayton connected sharply, but directly to the left fielder for out number three.
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The Redhawks started the third with a fly out to Wallace down the right field line. A fly out to Guerrero on the other side of the outfield handed Seattle their second out. A swinging strikeout followed to send the game to the bottom half of the inning.
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Johnny Tincher led off the third sending a ball high and deep to left, but it was hauled in near the warning track for out number one. Next, Simpson tattooed one, but right at the shortstop who made the catch for the second out. Guerrero followed going down on strikes to retire the side.
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A ground ball to Urps at second provided the first out of the inning. Flesland followed that with a three-pitch, swinging strikeout. Finally, a ground ball to Snyder at third sent the Huskies back up to the plate.
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Seattle brought in a new pitcher to start the inning and face Snyder. He welcomed him by dropping a base hit into shallow center field. Morales came to the plate next. A wild pitch in the dirt handed Snyder second base. Next, Morales popped out to the left fielder in foul territory and Wallace flew out to left center. With two outs, it was Tincher's turn to bring in Snyder, but a ground ball to first put an end to things.
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A ground ball to Snyder at third brought a strong throw to first for Seattle's first out. A line drive to center had Barney instantly set to charge, but with a closer read on the ball he relaxed and made the easy catch. Out number three wouldn't come soon enough however, as the third batter sent another home run over the fence in left center to tie things at twos. The next batter drew a full count walk. The Huskies would get out of the inning however, with a ground ball to Urps at second. He made the play on the run toward first and fired to Simpson just in time.
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Barney connected hard to lead things off, but the second baseman caught it just before it hit the ground. Clayton followed ripping a shot down the right field line. He rounded first and headed for two, but a strong throw from right just beat him as the umpire called him out on the head first slide. Tincher stepped in next and ripped a shot of his own to left center. He rounded first hard as well, but thought better of taking two and returned to the bag. Next, Simpson walked on four straight pitches. Guerrero swung at strike three next, but the ball got away from the catcher sending Guerrero flying down to first to load the bases. With two on and two down, Snyder came to the plate and laced a base hit through the left side scoring both Simpson and Tincher to put the Dawgs on top 4-2. Morales grounded out to shortstop next to end the inning.
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RHP Calvin Kirchoff replaced Flesland on the mound and got things started with a swinging strikeout. Next, a walk would put a runner on. Three pitches later, a balk would send the runner to second. Another walk would put two on with one out and bring RHP Josh Emanuels in from the bullpen. He started by delivering a pop out in foul territory to first baseman Will Simpson. The runner on second advanced to third on the play though, to put runners on the corners. With two down, the next batter worked a full count, then went down swinging to send things to the bottom half.
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A new pitcher for Seattle U took the mound. Kyle Fossum stepped in first to pinch-hit for Wallace and drove a line drive into shallow left field. Fossum was then sent to second by the umpire due to an interference by the first baseman. A beautiful bunt by Urps followed, earning him a base hit and sending Fossum to third. With runners on first and third, Barney went down swinging. Seattle U went to their pen again and brought in a righty to face Clayton who popped out to first base. Up next, Tincher drove a shot to left, but the fielder charged and made a diving catch to retire the side.
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Righty Case Matter took the mound for the Huskies to start the seventh and sat the first batter down swinging at strike three. A line drive to right followed to put a runner on first. Another line drive, this time over Guerrero's head in left, put runners on second and third with just one out. Needing a big play, Matter came through delivering a ground ball to Clayton at short to kick off a 6-4-3 double play.
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Simpson went down on strikes to start the seventh. Guerrero stepped in next and drove a base hit through the left side. Snyder followed with a pop out to first for the second out. Michael Brown stepped in next, pinch hitting for Morales, and smoked a base hit down the first base line. Runners on the corners would be left stranded however, as Fossum went down on strikes.
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Preston Viltz replaced Fossum in right field. Seattle's first batter went down looking at strike three. Next came a high fly ball to Barney in shallow center for out number two. That was followed by a batter watching strike three sail by to end the top half of the inning.
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Seattle made another call to the pen to start the inning and it paid off as Urps went down swinging. Barney followed adjusting to an offspeed pitch, sending a grounder to shortstop for out number two. Finally, Clayton popped out to first to end the inning.
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RHP Ryan Velazquez replaced Matter on the mound to start the inning. The lead off batter sent a base hit into shallow left field to make things interesting. The next batter worked a full count, then went down swinging for out number one. The next batter went down on a checked strike three. With two outs and a runner on, another full count delivered some drama, but a swing and a miss brought the game to an end and sealed another Husky win.
Starter Stu Flesland III earned the win moving to 2-3 on the season. He pitched 5 solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Ryan Velazquez earned his fourth save of the season, holding Seattle U scoreless through the ninth. He gave up just 1 hit, no walks, and 3 strikeouts.
The Huskies head to Southern California next to face USC in their final Pac-12 series starting Friday at 7:00 PM.