SEATTLE – UCLA sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the ninth inning to rally for a 6-3 win over No. 8 Washington Saturday night at Husky Ballpark.
The stunning turn of events sent the Huskies’ (38-14-1, 20-9) to their season-high fourth-straight loss and extended the Bruins’ (25-29-1, 12-17) win streak over the Huskies to 19 games dating back to 2006.
It looked like the Huskies and starter Tyler Davis were poised to get back on their winning ways, as Davis cruised through the first eight innings giving up only one run on four hits. But, after a lead-off single in the ninth by Brett Stephens, Davis was lifted from the game with 101 pitches under his belt.
The bullpen, which had kept the Huskies undefeated on the season at 31-0 when leading after eight innings entering the game, was unable to keep down the resilient Bruins.
Troy Rallings gave up an infield single and then walked Ty Moore on four pitches to load the bases with no one out.
Trevor Dunlap relieved Rallings (5-1) and gave up a sacrifice fly to Shane Zeile that made the score 3-2 in favor of the Huskies. Catcher Justin Hazard followed with a RBI single to left that tied the game at 3-3 and put runners on first and second with one out.
Luke Persico gave UCLA the lead for the first time all night with a double in the gap that scored Moore. With the bases loaded, Dunlap struck out Pat Gallagher for the second out, but No. 9 hitter Aaron Weimer singled up the middle to score two more runs and give UCLA the 6-3 lead.
Bruins closer David Berg came into to the game and retired the Huskies in order in the ninth to pick up his 11th save of the season. Jake Ehret (1-0) retired one batter in the eighth to pick up his first win of the season.
After three-straight shutouts, the Huskies’ offense wasted little time in getting going Saturday. They took a 1-0 lead in the second inning to start a string of runs in three-straight innings. Branden Berry hit a two-out double off the left field wall that was a foot from being a home run. Chris Baker, making his first start of the season in Pac-12 action, drove Berry home with a single up the middle.
The run snapped a 29 2/3 scoreless streak for the Huskies, and dating back to last season, was the first run in 42 2/3 innings against UCLA.
Baker, who reached on an infield single, scored from third with two outs on an error. Ely hit a ground ball up the middle that UCLA second baseman Persico tried to flip with his glove to the base to force out Braden Bishop. Instead, he flung the ball wildly over the shortstop’s head.
Davis had faced one over the minimum through six innings before hitting a slight road bump in the seventh. With two outs and Moore on second after a one-out double, Hazard singled up to the middle to make the score 3-1.
Rei and Baker each had two hits to pace the Huskies’ seven-hit attack.
The Huskies will try to salvage the final game of the series and send off their seniors with a win, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Junior Jeff Brigham (6-3, 3.20) will go against right-hander Cody Poteet (3-4, 4.00).
UCLA 6, #8 Washington 3
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Tyler Davis, Troy Rallings (9), Trevor Dunlap (9) and Austin Rei. Grant Watson, Max Schuh (8), Jake Ehret (8), David Berg (9) and Justin Hazard. W – Ehret (1-0). L – Rallings (5-1). Sv – Berg (11). HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – UCLA, Ty Moore (2), Luke Persico; UW, Branden Berry. LOB: UCLA 4, UW 7. Time – 2:59. Attendance – 1,703.