CORVALLIS, Ore. – The fifth-ranked Huskies scored three times in the second inning against No. 2 Oregon State Friday and made it stick in a 4-2 win at sold out Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State’s (39-9, 20-5) largest crowd of the season -- 3,909 fans -- witnessed Washington (38-11-1, 20-5) snap the Beavers’ 12-game win streak and extend its own win streak to nine games. More importantly for the visiting Huskies, they drew even with the Beavers in the race for Pac-12 supremacy.
UW starter Jared Fisher (6-3) only stumbled in the fourth inning when he gave up two runs. In his six innings of work he commanded his fastball around the corners of the strike zone and gave up only five hits.
“During my bullpen sessions throughout the week, I told myself to get back to basics and try to get ahead of hitters,” said Fisher, who improved to 2-0 in two career starts against the Beavers. “I threw a lot of first pitch strikes and once I got ahead, they really could not do much with the fastball.”
The key for Fisher, who went to Newport High School in Bellevue, was keeping a pair of Redmond High hitters – Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis – in check. The No. 3 and 4 hitters for the Beavers combined to go 0 for 8 at the plate.
Offensively, the Huskies made Beavers’ starter Andrew Moore (5-4) work hard in the early going. An 11-pitch walk to UW lead-off hitter Braden Bishop was an ominous sign of things to come for Moore. Although, UW did not score in the first, they tagged him for three in the second inning.
After a ground out by Trevor Mitsui to start the inning, Alex Schmidt and Austin Rei hit back-to-back singles. Branden Berry walked to load the bases and UW would score its first run when Erik Forgione was hit by a 1-2 pitch. With Bishop up to bat, Rei scored on a passed ball by catcher Logan Ice and Berry eventually scored on a ground out by Bishop.
It proved to be enough for Fisher, who was virtually untouchable until the fifth. No. 9 hitter Trever Morrison hit a clean two-out, two-strike single through the hole between first and second to make the score 3-2 and snap Fisher’s consecutive-scoreless innings streak at 10 over the last three games.
Reliever Trevor Dunlap replaced Fisher in the seventh and walked a tight-rope. He walked a pair of hitters and balked them both into scoring position, but was able to strike out the side to escape unscathed.
The Dawgs added to their lead in the eighth, scoring an unearned run off Brandon Jackson. Schmidt led off the inning with a single and pinch-runner Chris Baker advanced on a sacrifice by Rei. With two outs, Forgione hit a grounder to short that Morrison tried to back-hand but went under his glove for an error. Baker was able to score from second on the play to make it 4-2.
Dunlap wiggled out of a jam in the eighth before handing the ball over to Huskies’ closer Troy Rallings in the ninth inning. Rallings had a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his ninth save in nine tries and move the Huskies into a first-place tie with OSU.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Husky coach Lindsay Meggs said. “Anytime you can come in here, in front of a sell-out crowd and hold them to two runs, execute offensively like we did and play great defense, it’s a great win.
“That’s not easy to do. It’s a great win for us and our program.”
Schmidt and Rei each had two hits to pace the Huskies.
The Huskies and Beavers play game two of the series Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. Tyler Davis (10-1, 1.77) will try to become the fourth Husky in history to reach 11 wins.
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Jared Fisher, Trevor Dunlap (7), Troy Rallings (9) and Austin Rei. Andrew Moore, Jake Thompson (6), Trent Shelton (7), Brandon Jackson (7), Max Engelbrekt (9), Chandler Eden (9) and Logan Ice. W – Fisher (6-3). L – Moore (5-4). Sv – Rallings (9). HR – none. 3B – OSU, Trever Morison. 2B – UW, Braden Bishop. LOB: UW 8, OSU 6. Time – 3:15. Attendance – 3,309.