SEATTLE – The Husky Baseball team rode the arm of starter Jeff Brigham to end the regular season with a 6-1 win over UCLA at rainy Husky Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
Eighth-ranked Washington (39-14-1, 21-9) snapped not only a season-high four-game losing streak, but they beat the Bruins’ (25-30-1, 12-18) for the first time since 2006 snapping a 19-game losing streak.
The Huskies – who were picked 10th out of 11 teams in the pre-season Pac-12 Coaches poll – finished second in the Conference and tallied their most wins since 2004. But, ultimately, it wasn’t deemed enough in the eyes of the NCAA Baseball committee when it came to announcing the hosts of 16 regional sites.
UW will certainly earn a spot in the 64-team field for the ninth time in school history, which will be announced Monday at 9:00 a.m. (ESPNU), but there was definitely some frustration in being left off the committees list of host schools.
“Once again the West Coast gets slighted,” said Huskies Coach Lindsay Meggs after learning that only two teams west of Texas were picked as regional hosts.
“There are so many great programs out here. It surprises me, it disappoints me, but we’re going to pack our bags and wherever we go we’re going to be thrilled to be there.”
After dropping the first two games of the series, the Huskies were seemingly playing for their last chance at hosting a NCAA regional. Brigham and the Huskies’ offense rose to the occasion to help keep the Huskies dream of hosting for the first time in team history alive.
Washington jumped to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, the big blow coming off the bat of freshman Chris Baker. Baker, making his second-consecutive start at third base, came up with two outs and the bases loaded. After UCLA pitcher Cody Poteet unleashed a first-pitch wild pitch that scored Brian Wolfe, Baker cleared the bases with a double.
The Huskies added to their lead an inning later with three more runs. Braden Bishop was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, sacrificed to second and came around to score when Austin Rei hit a tricky-hop single by the shortstop.
Wolfe, who was one of five seniors recognized in a pre-game ceremony, followed Rei with a towering two-run home to right field to make it 6-0. It was Wolfe’s fifth homer of the season -- his first since clobbering two at USC on March 29 – and the Huskies first long ball in nine games.
UCLA finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning with an unearned run, but that was all they would get off Brigham. The junior right-hander allowed four hits – all singles – walked one and struck out three in improving to 6-3.
Senior Trevor Dunlap threw the final two innings to slam the door on the Bruins.
The Huskies outhit the Bruins, 9-5. Wolfe was the only UW batter with two hits. Wolfe and Baker each collected two RBIs.
#8 Washington 6, UCLA 1
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Jeff Brigham, Trevor Dunlap (8) and Austin Rei. Cody Poteet, Scott Burke (5), Max Schuh (6), Jake Ehret (7), Nick Kern (8) and Shane Zeile. W – Brigham (7-3). L – Poteet (3-5). Sv – none. HR – Brian Wolfe (5). 3B – none. 2B – UW, Chris Baker, Braden Bishop. LOB: UCLA 6, UW 8. Time – 2:55. Attendance – 1,390.