May 26, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team did its best to keep alive its NCAA tournament hopes as the Huskies beat Washington State, 5-2, for the second straight day at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies picked up their 30th victory of the season, improving to 30-24 overall and 13-16 in the Pac-12 Conference. WSU fell to 27-28 overall and 11-18 in the conference. The UW also won Friday's game by a score of 5-2.
UW right-hander Zach Wright (3-1) picked up the win, pitching one and one-third innings of scoreless relief. Starter Tyler Davis went four and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He left with the score tied at 2-2. Austin Voth pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save.
Cougars starter J.D. Leckenby fell to 4-7 in the loss. He worked seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits.
In the bottom of the first, Husky junior Jacob Lamb got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and lined a double to the gap in right-center. Freshman Branden Berry following by singling up the middle, scoring Lamb to give Washington the early 1-0 edge.
However, in the third, the Cougars came back. After a double from P.J. Jones and a walk to Ian Sagdal, Collin Slaybaugh bounced a double down the first-base line, scoring both runners to tie the score at 2-2.
In the fifth, Afenir led off with a double down the third-base line. After moving to third on a bunt from Ray, he scored on a safety squeeze bunt from Joe Meggs to put the UW back in front at 3-2.
In the sixth, Husky right fielder Chase Anselment doubled off the fence in left-center to begin the inning. After he moved to third on a wild pitch, Trevor Mitsui struck out swinging on a pitch that went off the catcher's mitt and rolled far enough away for Anselment to score and Mitsui to reach first on the passed ball .
The UW added an insurance run in the eighth with another two-out rally. Afenir drove in the run with a two-out bloop double to left, his second two-base hit of the day. Afenir finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Lamb also had two hits.
Slaybaugh led the WSU at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. P.J. Jones went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
The Huskies and Cougars close out the regular season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Husky Ballpark. Fans can follow live stats and watch live video, both for free, here at gohuskies.com.
|Linescore - May 26, 2012|
|Washington 5, Washington State 2|