Washington (36-11-1) won game one 5-4 in 11 innings and game two 7-0 in seven innings. UW has won all 11 of its three-game series this season, five of them by sweeps.
In game two, Jeff Brigham shut out BCU over six innings, equaling a career high with six strikeouts. He allowed four hits en route to improving his season record to 6-2.
Washington scored once in the first and four in the second inning to give the Huskies some breathing room in the shortened affair.
Bethune-Cookman starter Keith Zuniga, who was on the Huskies’ roster as a red-shirt sophomore in 2012, was his own worst enemy in the early going. He gave up a one-out single to Andrew Ely and then allowed Ely to get to second on an errant pick-off throw. Brian Wolfe made Zuniga pay with a two-out single to make the score 1-0.
In the second inning, with runners at first and second, Chris Baker grounded back to the Zuniga in what could have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, everyone was safe and the bases were loaded when Zuniga’s throw went behind the shortstop covering second base.
Again, the Huskies made the Wildcats pay for their mistake, scoring four times after the error. Braden Bishop was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score one run and Ely and Robert Pehl followed with run-scoring singles. Wolfe capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
That proved to be plenty of offense for Brigham, but Washington added more two more runs in the fourth to cushion the lead. Pehl drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Wolfe knocked home his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly.
BCU scored a run in the seventh, but it was too little too late.
In game one, Jacks Meggs scored on a throwing error in the 11th inning to lift Washington to the 5-4 victory.
After Meggs led off with a walk and Erik Forgione was hit by a pitch to start the 11th, Bishop placed a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. BCU third baseman Jordan Robinson fielded the ball cleanly but threw wildly to first base allowing Meggs to score all the way from second.
Troy Rallings (5-0) came in to get the final two outs of the 11th inning to pick up the win, while the Wildcats’ Michael Austin (0-5) took the loss.
Game one starter Tyler Davis entered the day having allowed three runs in a game just once this season, but after a shaky first inning he spotted Bethune-Cookman a 3-0 advantage before the Huskies’ offense took their first hacks.
Washington got back into the game in the second with three runs to tie the game at 3-3. The Huskies sent eight batters to the plate and had five hits, including a stretch of four-straight.
Austin Rei got the rally going with a one-out double and came around to score on a Branden Berry single. Consecutive singles by Forgione and Bishop loaded the bases for Ely, who hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2. Pehl capped the scoring in the inning with a single up the middle to score Forgione.
The Huskies added another run in the third on a Berry sacrifice fly to take the 4-3 lead, but BCU tied it up, 4-4, in the sixth on a single by Juan Pizarro, his first RBI of the season and just his second hit of the year.
Davis was going for his 11th win of the season but instead took a no-decision, leaving the game after eight innings tied at 4-4. He allowed a season-high 10 hits and four runs. Conversely, Davis struck out his second-most batters this season, seven, and did not walk a hitter.
Bethune-Cookman received a stellar relief effort from John Sever to keep the Wildcats in the game. The left-hander came in the game in the third inning and went seven innings, allowing two hits and no runs.
Washington had 19 hits in the two games. Alex Schmidt and Ely had three hits in the two games. Wolfe and Pehl led the team with three RBI’s in the two games.
The Huskies wrap up their non-conference portion of the regular season with a 5:00 p.m. game this Tuesday, May 13 against cross-town rival Seattle University before heading to Corvallis, Ore. for a Pac-12 first-place showdown against Oregon State.
GM 1: #6 Washington 5, Bethune-Cookman 4
GCU 300 001 000 00 –- 4 11 1
WASH 031 000 000 01 –- 5 9 0
Scott Garner, John Sever (3), Michael Austin (10) and Zach Olszewski. Tyler Davis, Will Ballowe (9), Troy Rallings (11) and Austin Rei. W – Rallings (5-0). L – Austin (0-5). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – BCU, Eric Sams, Shaun McCarty; UW, Austin Rei, Brian Wolfe. LOB: BCU 7, UW 11. Time – 3:16. Attendance – 629.
GM 2: #6 Washington 7, Bethune-Cookman 1
GCU 000 000 1 –- 1 6 2
WASH 140 200 x –- 7 10 0
Keith Zuniga, Riley O’Brien (4), Donte Lindsay and Zach Olszewski. Jeff Brigham, Zach Wright (7), Brandon Choate (7) and Ryan Wiggins. W – Brigham (6-2). L – Zuniga (6-4). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – BCU, Shaun McCarty; UW, Alex Schmidt (2). LOB: BCU 7, UW 8. Time – 1:56. Attendance – 629.