SEATTLE – Sixth-ranked Washington had just one hit through eight innings, but it was enough Friday night as three Husky pitchers combined to shutout Bethune-Cookman, 4-0, in the first of a three-game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies (34-11-1) scored their first two runs without the benefit of a hit before adding two more runs, along with two more hits, off the Wildcats (22-29) in the eighth. Both Bethune-Cookman and Washington had three hits apiece.
Starter Jared Fisher (5-3) gave up one hit over five innings, Trevor Dunlap allowed two in three innings and Troy Rallings pitched a perfect ninth inning to clamp down the Wildcats offense and notch the Huskies fifth shutout of the season.
All-America pitching candidate Montana Durapau (9-1) was equally impressive for Bethune-Cookman. The right-hander, who came into the game with a perfect record and 1.39 ERA allowed just one hit and two runs, one of which was earned, in seven innings.
Washington jumped on Durapau in the first inning, scoring an unearned run. Lead-off hitter Braden Bishop reached on a throwing error by shortstop Shaun McCarty, stole his Pac-12-leading 17th base and was sacrificed to third by Andrew Ely. With one out, Bishop scored on a ground out by Robert Pehl to make it 1-0.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the fifth without the benefit of a hit to make it 2-0. Austin Rei walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a ground out. Rei took off to third on an Erik Forgione ground ball back to the pitcher and got in a rundown with the third baseman Jordan Robinson. Rei dove to the ground avoiding the tag and scooted into third safely. Bishop followed with a safety squeeze bunt that scored Rei.
In the sixth, Fisher walked the lead-off batter – his fifth of the night – to end his day. He gave up just one hit, a solid single to center in the fifth inning, struck out one batter and was not charged with any runs.
Washington got two insurance runs in the eighth to head into the ninth with a 4-0 cushion. Ely had a one-out single to start the scoring rally, followed by a walk to Pehl. Brian Wolfe followed with a hit that turned into a run when center fielder Eros Modena sailed a throw back into the infield wildly past the third baseman.
Chris Baker drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the final run of the game.
The Huskies and Bethune-Cookman conclude the three-game series Saturday with a double header. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. PT with the second game 45 minutes after the completion of the first game.
The second game of the twin bill is scheduled for seven innings. The first game will remain a nine-inning affair.
#6 Washington 4, Bethune-Cookman 0
GCU 000 000 000 –- 0 3 2
WASH 100 010 020 –- 2 3 0
Montana Durapau, Chris Waltermire (8), Logan Blum (8) and Jose Carballo. Jared Fisher, Trevor Dunlap (6), Troy Rallings and Austin Rei. W – Fisher (5-3). L – Durapau (9-1). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – none. LOB: BCU 6, UW 6. Time – 2:27. Attendance – 667.