After Oregon State won 4-1 over Stanford, the Huskies (20-6-1, 8-2) lead the Beavers and Ducks (22-8, 7-3) by just one game in the Pac-12 standings.
Oregon took advantage of six walks to score five times in the first six innings and then bust the game open in the final two innings with five more runs on eight combined hits.
Oregon scored first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. After Mitchell Tolman walked to lead off the inning, Shaun Chase laid down a perfect bunt to put runners at first and second with no outs. J.B. Bryant sacrificed both runners into scoring position and Kyle Garlick drove in Tolman with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Washington responded right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Two-time reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Brian Wolfe was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, was sacrificed to second by hot-hitting catcher Austin Rei and came around to score on a line-drive single the opposite way by Alex Schmidt.
Schmidt came into today’s game hitting .086 in Pac-12 play and collected his third RBI in Conference action.
In the third inning, the Ducks made Jared Fisher pay for walking two batters. With two outs and runners on the corners – each reaching on walks – the left-handed hitting Tolman took a Fisher offering the opposite way for a two-run double to make the score 3-1.
Oregon added two more runs in the top of the sixth to make it 5-1 with the benefit of just one infield single. Tolman was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to third one out later on an infield single by J.B. Bryant and subsequent throwing error by shortstop Erik Forgione. After an intentional walk to Kyle Garlick, Fisher walked Nick Catalano – which put an end to Fisher’s night.
Will Ballowe came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Mark Karaviotis, but kept the Ducks from scoring after that.
Fisher (2-3) gave up five hits in 5 and 1/3 innings of work, but walked five and hit a batter.
Oregon’s starting counterpart Tommy Thorpe (4-3) had a productive outing going 5 and 2/3 innings and allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out six Huskies’ batters.
After the Ducks added a run in the eighth inning to make the score 6-1, Washington came up in the bottom of the inning and put a scare into the visitors. With two outs, the Huskies loaded the bases and scored twice on back-to-back walks by Garrett Cleavinger. But, with Robert Pehl up representing the go-ahead run, Cleavinger got a strikeout to end the threat.
Oregon added four more runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach for good, 10-3.
Wolfe continued his hot hitting for the Huskies, going 2-for-3 with a double. He reached base all four times he came to the plate with a hit by pitch and also reaching on an error.
Erik Forgione was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Huskies’ hitters.
Washington looks to even the series against Oregon Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 TV Network. The Huskies send right-handed pitcher Tyler Davis (5-1, 1.38) to the hill against Oregon freshman sensation Matt Krook (2-1, 1.88).
Oregon 10, Washington 3
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WASH 010 000 020 –- 3 10 1
Jared Fisher, Will Ballowe (6), Brandon Choate (8), Trevor Dunlap (9), Dae Yang Kim (9) and Austin Rei. Tommy Thorpe, Darrell Hunter (6), Garrett Cleavinger (8), Jake Reed (9) and Shaun Chase. W – Thorpe (4-3). L – Fisher (2-3). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – UO, Kyle Garlick. 2B – UO, Mitchell Tolman; UW, Brian Wolfe. Time – 3:34. Attendance – 1,982.