TACOMA, Wash. – Washington scored four times in the eighth inning to rally late and beat UC Davis, 4-1, Friday night in the first of a four-game series at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.
The Huskies (4-4-1) entered the eighth inning trailing 1-0 and with just two hits on the board off starter Harry Stanwyck. But, Stanwyck hit the Huskies’ lead-off hitter Brian Wolfe and his day was done. This allowed UW to blow the game wide-open against three Aggies’ relief pitchers.
Kyle London pinch-ran for Wolfe and took second on an errant pick-off throw from Robert Parucha (0-2) and would move to third on a sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Jack Meggs was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corner for Braden Bishop. Bishop laid down a great bunt to first baseman Nick Lynch, who hesitated on his throw to first, allowing Bishop to reach base safely and London to score and tie the game up.
Andrew Ely followed with another bunt single to load the bases, and with Robert Pehl up to bat, reliever Craig Lanza unleased a wild pitch to give the Huskies the 2-1 lead without the benefit of hitting a ball out of the infield.
Pehl would walk to once again load the bases and set up Alex Schmidt for the big blow of the game. The junior third baseman slammed a single to left off the Aggies’ third reliever of the inning, Raul Jacobson. Schmidt’s hit scored two runs and made it 4-1 heading to the ninth.
UW closer Trevor Dunlap set down UC Davis (4-5) in order in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Troy Rallings (1-0) pitched 1 and 2/3 innings in relief to earn his first career victory. He wiggled out of a sixth inning jam to keep the game close and ended up striking out two on the night.
UC Davis drew first blood taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After starter Jared Fisher got two quick outs, he walked Austin March and Kevin Barker followed with a running-scoring double.
It was the only run Fisher would give up in 6 1/3 innings of work. The junior right-hander from Bellevue’s Newport High School gave up four hits, struck out six and walked three in his best outing of the season.
As good as Fisher was, UC Davis starter Stanwyck was just a little bit better. Through seven innings, he shutout the Huskies on two hits and kept the Huskies off the scoreboard until the eighth. He didn’t allow his first hit until Trevor Mitsui reached on a bloop single to center field with one out in the fifth inning.
The Huskies mustered only five hits on the night, three coming in the eighth inning, while UC Davis recorded only four hits.
Washington and UC Davis continue the series on Saturday at Cheney Stadium. They play two games, with the first one at 1:00 p.m. PT and the second game scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The two teams wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Washington 4, UC Davis 1,
UCD 010 000 000 –- 1 4 1
WASH 000 000 04x –- 4 5 0
Harry Stanwyck, Robert Parucha (8), Craig Lanza (8), Raul Jacobson (8) and Spencer Brann. Jared Fisher, Troy Rallings (7), Trevor Dunlap (9) and Austin Rei, Parker Guinn (9). W – Rallings (1-0). L – Parucha (0-2). Sv – Dunlap (2). HR – none. 2B – UCD, Kevin Barker. Time – 2:52. Attendance – 247.