SEATTLE – Andrew Ely had three hits, scored the go-ahead run and knocked in an insurance run to back Huskies’ starter Tyler Davis in a 2-1 victory over Washington State (18-21, 8-9) in game one of a double-header Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies (28-10-1, 15-5) stopped a season-high three game losing skid to even the three-games series at 1-1.
Washington jumped on Cougars’ starter Tanner Chleborad (2-5) in the first inning to give Davis an advantage to work with that he would cling to all day. Ely snapped out of a 1-for-30 slump with a single to center and advanced on a Robert Pehl groundout. Brian Wolfe, who entered the game second in the Pac-12 with a .398 average, delivered a clutch two-out double to center that scored Ely to give UW a 1-0 lead.
The Dawgs added an unearned run in the fifth after Ely slapped a single to left-center field to score Erik Forgione, who reached on a throwing error by third baseman Nick Tanielu. The hit was Ely’s third of the game.
Washington State got a run back in the sixth on a Davis wild pitch. Trace Tam Ting doubled with one out and advanced to third on a bunt base hit by Collin Slaybaugh. Ting scored when Davis uncorked a pitch into the dirt that got behind catcher Austin Rei. After a walk, Davis induced No. 3 hitter Yale Rosen to bounce into a tailor-made 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
Davis (9-1) left the game with a 2-1 lead after seven innings and in position to equal the Pac-12 lead with his ninth win. He gave up one run on five hits and struck out one batter and walked one too.
Game 1: #7 Washington 2, Washington State 1
WSU 000 001 000 –- 1 7 3
WASH 100 010 00x –- 2 6 0
Tyler Davis, Trevor Dunlap (8), Troy Rallings (8) and Austin Rei. Tanner Chleborad, Matt Bower (8) and P.J. Jones. W – Davis (9-1). L – Chleborad (2-5). Sv – Rallings (6). HR – none. 3B – UW, Andrew Ely. 2B – WSU, Nick Tanielu, Trace Tam Sing; UW, Brian Wolfe. Time – 2:34. Attendance – TBA.