SAN MARCOS, Texas – Jeff Brigham gave up one run over five innings in his first start in 21 months and Tyler Davis threw four innings of scoreless relief as the Huskies beat host Texas State 6-1 in Saturday’s second-day of the Texas State Tournament.
Brigham, who had his entire 2013 season wiped out after Tommy John surgery on his right pitching elbow, allowed three hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter in his first college appearance since May 27, 2012. The junior from Federal Way, Wash., allowed just one run on a solo home run by Texas State’s Tyler Pearson to lead off the sixth. Brigham hit the next batter with a pitch and his day was done.
No problem for Brigham (1-0) and the Huskies, who improved to 2-1 on the season. Davis, a junior from Mountain View, Calif., stepped in and closed the door on the Bobcat hitters. He struck out three and allowed just three hits en route to picking up his first career save in 46 appearances.
UW junior Andrew Ely was the early hitting star for the Huskies. He got Washington on the board first with a solo home run off starting pitcher Taylor Black (0-1) in the fourth inning, ending Black’s string of retiring the Huskies’ first 10 batters he faced.
Ely helped extend Washington’s lead to 2-0 in the sixth with a run-scoring double that plated Braden Bishop.
Texas State (1-1) stayed in the ballgame with a great pitching of its own. Starter Taylor Black only trailed 2-1 heading into the ninth inning before Washington batters were finally able to get to the junior and the Bobcat bullpen.
Bishop led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ely. That ended the day for Black, who allowed four hits and struck out eight in 8.1 innings of work.
Robert Pehl greeted reliever Justin Dellinger with a single down the left field line that scored Bishop and Branden Berry followed with a RBI single that scored pinch runner Kyle London. Eric Schmidt, who was last night’s hero with two home runs, struck out, but Trevor Mitsui came up with a clutch, two-out opposite field home run that gave UW the 6-1 cushion.
Mitsui’s home run was the team’s fifth of the year. The Huskies have already totaled half their HR total of 10 from last season.
Ely and Mitsui were the only Huskies with multiple hits, both with two.
Washington will wrap up the four-game swing in San Marcos, Texas with a 10:00 a.m. re-match against Michigan on Sunday.
UW 6, Texas State 1
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Jeff Brigham, Tyler Davis (6) and Ryan Wiggins, Parker Guinn (9). Taylor Black, Justin Dellinger (9), Quinn Atwood (9) and Tyler Pearson. W – Brigham (1-0). L – Black (0-1). Sv – Davis (1). HR – UW, Andrew Ely,(1), Trevor Mitsui (1). TXST, Pearson (1). 2B - UW, Ely. Time – 2:21. Attendance – TBA.