SAN JOSE, Calif. – Robert Pehl hit for the cycle as Washington battered out a season-high 16 hits to support pitchers Tyler Davis and Will Ballowe in a combined 7-0 shutout win over San Jose State Friday night in the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament at Municipal Stadium.
Pehl homered in the first, doubled in the third, singled in the fifth and tripled in the ninth to record the first cycle by a UW player since Matt Stevens did it on Feb. 18, 2006. It marked the second cycle by a UW hitter in the last 19 years.
Pehl finished the night 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
The win extended the Huskies undefeated streak to five-straight games; the team’s longest streak since six in a row from Feb. 26-March 4, 2012. Washington improved to 8-4-1 on the season, while San Jose State dropped to 4-11 on the year.
Starter Davis spread out five hits over six innings to improve to 3-1 on the season. He struck out three, did not walk a batter and allowed just one runner to reach third base all night.
Ballowe earned his first career save after giving up two hits and striking out two in three innings.
The only trouble Huskies’ pitchers got into came in the third inning when the Spartans opened the inning by putting runners on the corners with nobody out. But, Davis got the next two batters to line out to the infield and escaped unscathed after Matt Carroll flied out lazily to left field.
The offense gave plenty of support to Davis and Ballowe, especially the top four hitters in the lineup who combined to go 12-for-17 from the plate. Braden Bishop and Pehl caused the most damage accounting for half of the team's 16 hits, each collecting a season-high four hits a piece.
Pehl got the scoring going early with a two-out solo home run to left field in the first off San Jose State starter Johnny Melero (0-2). His Pac-12 leading third blast of the season proved to be enough for the streaking Huskies, but was just the tip of the iceberg for the offense.
Washington extended its lead in the third inning with two more runs on three hits. Bishop led off with a single, advanced to second on an Andrew Ely sacrifice and came around to score on a Pehl RBI double. Branden Berry followed with a RBI double of his own to make it 3-0.
The Huskies chased Melero from the game in the fifth inning after Ely reached on a one-out single. Pehl followed with a single off reliever Kalei Contrades moving Ely to third. With two outs, Trevor Mitsui hit a clutch RBI single to give UW the 4-0 advantage.
Washington put the game out of reach in the ninth with three more runs. Bishop and Ely each reached on singles to put runners at the corners for Pehl with one out. The junior hit a dying laser to left field that Matt Lopez dived for and missed, allowing the ball to roll all the way to the wall and score both runners. Pehl was granted a triple and came out of the game for pinch-runner Kyle London.
“It was a triple all the way,” said Huskies coach Lindsay Meggs following the win. “The left fielder dove for it and never touched the ball.”
“It was a great end to a solid win.”
Mitsui hit a sacrifice fly to score London and give UW the 7-0 advantage.
Ely, Berry and Jack Meggs also had two hits each for the Huskies.
Washington continues its four-game road trip on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. against Pacific in a neutral site game at Santa Clara’s Schott Stadium. The Huskies will send Zach Wright (0-1) to the hill.
Washington 4, San Jose State 0
WASH 102 010 003 –- 7 16 1
SJST 000 000 000 –- 0 8 0
Tyler Davis, Will Ballowe (7) and Austin Rei. Johnny Melero, Kalei Contrades (5), James Glawe (8) and Kyle Gallegos. Davis – (3-1). L – Melero (0-2). Sv – Ballowe (1). HR – Robert Pehl (3). 3B – UW, Pehl. 2B – UW, Braden Bishop, Pehl, Branden Berry. SJST, Matt Lopez, Alec De Wattevill. Time – 2:42. Attendance – 442.