May 19, 2013
PASCO, Wash. - Five runs over the first three innings and a terrific outing from starter Zach Wright led the Washington baseball team to a 5-2 win over Washington State Sunday at GESA Stadium, completing the UW's first three-game sweep over WSU since 2007.
The Huskies, who won 4-3 on Friday and 3-1 Saturday, improved to 22-31 overall and 13-14 in the Pac-12. Washington State dropped to 21-30 and 8-19 in the conference.
Wright (4-5) pitched seven innings to cruise to the win, allowing six hit and no walks while striking out four. Tyler Kane earned his fifth save, coming on with the bases loaded and pitching two scoreless innings.
UW senior shortstop Ty Afenir went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead the Husky attack. Classmate Joe Meggs was 2-for-2 and was also hit by a pitch twice while sophomore Erik Forgione was 2-for-5.
Cougar starter Tanner Chleborad (3-9) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over two and two-thirds innings. Sean Hartnett provided five and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief for WSU.
Washington got started quickly. Forgione opened the game with a single up the middle. After advancing to third on a bunt and a grounder to short, he scored when Michael Camporeale dropped a single into shallow right.
In the second, the Dawgs added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead. With Trevor Mitsui at third and Meggs at second, both aboard on singles, Afenir singled to left-center, driving in both runners. Forgione followed with a single, and an error on the play moved he and Afenir up one additional base each. A squeeze bunt from Andrew Ely brought home Afenir to cap the three-run inning.
In the third, Mitsui and Meggs were hit by a pitch with two outs. With Hartnett on for Chleborad, UW freshman catcher Austin Rei singled up the middle to score Mitsui, increasing the UW edge to 5-0.
The Cougars' scoring chances were relatively limited through Wright's time on the mound. WSU got two on, but with two out, in the first. In the second and fifth, Cougar batters knocked one-out doubles. The only WSU leadoff batter to reach base came in the seventh, but a double play ended that inning with the 5-0 score in tact.
With Wright out of the game to start the eighth, however, WSU mounted a comeback attempt. Singles from Trace Tam Sing and Collin Slaybaugh, followed by a walk to P.J. Jones loaded the bases with no outs. Kane came on for the Huskies and got a fly ball to right from Jason Monda to bring home the Cougars' first run. After a single re-loaded the bases, Adam Nelubowich grounded to first to bring home another, but a fly to right ended the inning with the UW lead still in tact at 5-2.
The Huskies wrap up the regular season next weekend at Husky Ballpark in a three-game series vs. Arizona State. The Saturday and Sunday games will both air live on the Pac-12 Networks.
|Linescore - May 19, 2013|
|Washington 5, Washington State 2|