SEATTLE – Jacks Meggs scored on a throwing error in the 11th inning to lift No. 6 Washington to a 5-4 win over Bethune-Cookman in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
After Meggs led off with a walk and Erik Forgione was hit by a pitch to start the 11th, Braden Bishop laid down 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.
The Huskies (35-11-1) have won six games in a row and ensured their 11th series win in 11 tries this season.
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.
Lead-off batter Josh Johnson got things started with an infield single, was sacrificed to second and stole third. After No. 3 hitter Eros Modena was hit by a pitch, clean-up batter Eric Sams laid down a perfect bunt single that scored Johnson.
Modena scored with two outs on a Jordan Thomas single and then Sams stole home as part of double steal.
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 Andrew Ely, who hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2. Robert Pehl capped the scoring in the inning with a single up the middle to score Forgione.
The Huskies added another run in the third to take the 4-3 lead. UW had the bases loaded and nobody out and only pushed one run across the plate on a Berry sacrifice fly.
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 this season, seven and did not walk a batter.
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.
Bishop had two hits to lead the Huskies, while Berry paced the team with two RBI.
GM 1: #6 Washington 5, Bethune-Cookman 4
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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 – TBA.