SAN MARCOS, Texas – In a game that was destined to come down to the final at bat after Washington scratched and clawed its way back from a six run deficit, a Sunday travel curfew ultimately took out any suspense of the final result against Michigan. With the teams tied 7-7 after eight innings, the game was halted because both teams needed to leave for the airport to catch flights home.
It was the first tie for the Huskies since 2004.
Washington finished the Texas State Tournament with a 2-1-1 record, while Michigan went 1-2-1 in the three-day event at Bobcat Ballpark.
It didn’t look good for the Huskies early as they dug themselves into a 6-0 hole after three innings and trailed 7-2 after four innings.
Michigan got to freshman pitcher Henry Baker quickly, putting up three runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. Jackson Glines greeted UW’s first-time starter with a single to open the inning, advanced to third on a Jacob Cronenworth double and would come around to score on a sacrifice fly. Jackson Lamb, who was 3-for-3 in Friday’s first match up between the two teams, followed with a 2-run home run.
It didn’t get any easier for Baker in the second inning. He struck out the first batter, but walked the next and then gave up a run-scoring double to No. 9 hitter Johnny Slater. Glines followed with a RBI single, putting UW in a 5-0 hole and ending the day for Baker.
Michigan made it 6-0 with another run in the third inning off freshman Alex Hardy, who came in an inning earlier to relieve Baker.
The Huskies finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Andrew Ely led off with a single and two batters later scored all the way from first on a double down the left field line by Brendan Berry. Trevor Mitsui drove in Berry with a double in the left-center gap making it 6-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Michigan added another run off Hardy. Cronenworth made it 7-2 with a RBI single, scoring Travis Maezes who reached on a single and advanced to second on a balk.
Washington once again had an answer with four runs in the top of the fifth. Austin Rei led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Erik Forgione. After an out, two walks and a pitching change, Berry had a bases loaded RBI single, followed by a two-run single by Mitsui cutting Michigan’s lead to just one run at 7-6.
The Huskies finally drew even in the sixth when Rei led off with a double and scored one out later on a Braden Bishop sacrifice fly.
Ely, Berry and Mitsui each had two of Washington’s nine hits. Mitsui drove in three runs, while Berry drove in two.
Ely finished the four-game tournament batting .429 (6-of-14), while Mitsui hit .412 (7-of-17).
Washington travels next week to Surprise, Ariz. for the Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Tournament. They will face third-ranked Indiana, Nebraska and Michigan State. The Huskies will also play No. 2 ranked Oregon State on Monday in a non-conference contest.
Washington 7, Michigan 7 (Tie - 8 innings)
UW 000 241 000 -- 7 9 0
UM 321 100 000 -- 7 11 2
Henry Baker, Alex Hardy (2), Alex Nexbitt (5), Troy Rallings (5), Trevor Dunlap (7) and Austin Rei. Evan Hill, Brett Adcock (5), Jake Balicki (6) and Wenson Harrison, Cole Martin (6). W – none. L – none. Sv - none. HR –UM, Jackson Lamb (1). 2B - UW, Branden Berry, Trevor Mitsui, Erik Forgione, Austin Rei. UM, Jacob Cronenworth, Johnny Slater. Time – 3:10. Attendance – TBA.