SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Washington beat Santa Clara 9-1 Sunday in the final game of the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament to escape California with a perfect 4-0 record over the weekend and extend its win streak seven-straight games.
The Huskies improved to 10-4-1 on the season and have reeled off their longest win streak since 11-straight in 2008.
UW starter Jeff Brigham was efficient in working his way through five scoreless innings on a tight pitch count to earn the win over Santa Clara (7-10). He gave up three hits, struck out three and allowed just one runner to reach third base in improving his record to 3-0 and dropping his ERA to 1.17.
Brigham got plenty of run support from his team as they equaled a season-high with nine runs and had their second-highest hit total of the year with 14.
After loading the bases in the first inning and not scoring, the offense got going in the second with two runs off starter Jacob Steffens (0-2).
Steffens retied the first two hitters of the inning quickly before hitting Erik Forgione with a pitch. Braden Bishop followed with a single and advanced to second on throw that was late in trying to get Forgione at third. The next hitter Andrew Ely scored both base runners when he lined a double to right field on the first pitch he saw.
The Huskies added two more runs to make it 4-0 in the top of the fourth thanks largely to Bishop. Austin Rei reached on an error by shortstop Jose Vizcaino, Jr. to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to third by Forgione. Bishop followed with a RBI single up the middle and took second on the late throw home. With Ely at bat, Bishop stole third and would score on the play when catcher Peter Summerville’s throw got by the third baseman.
In the fifth, Washington added another run, once again scoring after the first two batters were retired. Trevor Mitsui walked with two outs, followed by a single by Austin Rei. Forgione stepped up to the plate next and lined a run-scoring double to left field that made the score 5-0.
The combination of Bishop and Ely struck once again in the eighth, and once again they did so with two outs in the inning. Bishop doubled down the left field line and Ely followed with a RBI single to make it 6-0. It was Ely’s third RBI of the game.
Santa Clara finally got on the board in the eighth inning to snap UW’s pitchers scoreless streak at 15 innings. Alex Nesbitt gave up a two-out RBI single to Quinton Perry that made it 6-1.
Washington poured it on in the ninth inning with three more runs. The big hits came again with two outs as Rei had a RBI single with runners on the corners and Forgione followed with a 2-RBI single to make it 9-1.
Bishop and Ely each had three hits to pace the Huskies’ offense. Bishop scored three times, stole a base and drove in a run today and was 10-for-17 (.588) on the four-game road trip, scoring six times and stealing three bases.
Fogione, Rei and Pehl each had two hits. Forgione also drove in three runs.
Washington opens Pac-12 play next week with a three-game series against Arizona State at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Washington 9, Santa Clara 1
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Jeff Brigham, Brandon Choate (6), Alex Nesbitt (8), Dae Yang Kim (9) and Austin Rei, Parker Guinn (9). Jacob Steffens, Jason Seever (4), Michael Westra (5), Kevin George (6), Nick Medeiros (8), Max Kuhns (9) Chris Heckert (9), Reece Karalus (9) and Peter Summerville. W – Brigham (3-0). L – Steffens (0-2). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – UW, Andrew Ely, Robert Pehl, Erik Forgione, Braden Bishop. SC, Greg Harisis, Mac Hess. Time – 3:04. Attendance – 375.