SEATTLE – Four Huskies' pitchers combined to shutout Seattle University and Trevor Mitsui led the offensive attack with three doubles Monday as fifth-ranked Washington beat Seattle University, 6-0, in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark.
The win was the first for the Huskies (37-11-1) over Seattle U (23-24) in three tries and was the team’s sixth shutout of the year. Washington will head to a Pac-12 showdown against Oregon State in front of three sold-out crowds riding an eight-game win streak.
The last time Washington faced Seattle U starter Skyler Genger, he shutout the Huskies in 7 and 2/3 innings of a 1-0 Redhawks victory. This time out, the Huskies had his number right out of the gate.
UW capitalized on three hits in the first inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Lead-off hitter Braden Bishop was hit by Genger’s first pitch of the game and swiped his Pac-12-high 19th base of the season to get into scoring position. Andrew Ely tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but instead beat it out for a single. Robert Pehl put the first run on the board with a RBI single.
After a Brian Wolfe sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, Mitsui smacked a double into the gap to make it 3-0.
Washington kept the pressure on Genger in the second and third. They loaded the bases in both innings, coming up empty in the second, before striking for two more runs in the third. Erik Forgione and Bishop drove home runs on singles up the middle to give the Huskies the 5-0 advantage.
In the fourth, after Mitsui’s third double of the game, Kyle London delivered a two-out single to score Mitsui and make it 6-0. That ended the day for Genger after 3 and 2/3 innings and gave the Huskies’ pitching staff a nice cushion to work with.
Trevor Dunlap threw the first three innings, followed by Brandon Choate for three innings, Will Ballowe for one inning and Troy Rallings pitched the final two innings. Collectively they allowed seven hits.
Choate (3-1) allowed one hit and picked up the win.
Mitsui was the only UW batter with multiple hits, going 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI.
The Huskies head down this weekend to Corvallis, Ore. for a Pac-12 first-place showdown against Oregon State. The Beavers are ranked first in two polls, second in two and third in another. Washington checks in ranked fifth in three polls and 11th in two others.
Goss Stadium is already sold out for the series.
#5 Washington 6, Seattle University 0
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Skyler Genger, Andrew Olson (4), Mac Aker (8) and Brian Olson. Trevor Dunlap, Brandon Choate (4), Will Ballowe (7), Troy Rallings (8) and Austin Rei. W – Choate (3-1). L – Genger (4-1). Sv – none. HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – SU, Brock Carpenter, Landon Cray; UW, Trevor Mitsui 3. LOB: SU 10, UW 10. Time – 2:39. Attendance – 846.