SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Washington pounded out 11 hits en route to a 6-4 win over Santa Clara Thursday night in the first game of the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament. The victory extended the Huskies’ win streak to four games and improved them to 7-4-1 on the season.
Santa Clara dropped to 6-8 on the season.
Eight of the nine Huskies’ starters had at least one hit to help Jared Fisher tally his first victory this season. The junior righty evened his record at 1-1 after going 6 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five.
Fisher did not get off to a promising start as he allowed the first three batters he faced in the first inning to reach base safely. Greg Harisis led off with a walk and scored standing up on Zach Looney’s double into the right-center field gap. Max Kuhns followed with a walk, to put runners at first and second with nobody out for the Broncos.
But, Santa Clara would bail Fisher out of the inning with poor base-running decisions. Looney was gunned out at third trying to steal, and after a strikeout, Kuhns was picked off of first base.
It took until the fourth inning for the Huskies’ bats to come alive and even the score at 1-1. UW started the inning by loading the bases on three-consecutive hits and plated a run when Andrew Ely scored on a fielder’s choice. It would be all they would get in the innings as starter D.J. Zupata (1-3) would strikeout Brian Wolfe and get Ryan Wiggins to lineout to left field.
The Huskies would take the lead for good in the fifth inning with a pair of runs. Austin Rei led off with a triple and scored when the next batter Braden Bishop singled – one of his two hits on the night. Bishop stole second base and came around to score to make it 3-1 on an Erik Forgione double.
Washington added two more runs in the sixth inning to extend its lead to 5-1. Branden Berry led off with a single and scored one batter later on a Wolfe double. Wolfe ended up coming around to score on a Bishop ground out.
Santa Clara put up three runs to cut the Huskies’ lead to one and chased Fisher from the game in the 7th inning. The first two runners reached base – ending the night for Fisher – and reliever Troy Rallings allowed an infield hit to load the bases. Kyle Czaplak walked to force in a run before pinch-hitter Rory Graf-Brennen hit into a RBI fielder’s choice to make the first out.
No. 9 hitter Kert Woods’ RBI single made it 5-4, but Rallings avoided further damage by inducing Harisis to hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Huskies’ offense gave their pitchers some breathing room in the eighth inning when Wolfe scored after Forgione drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-4.
The bullpen would make the two-run lead hold up when Ralling mowed down the Broncos in order in the eighth inning and Trevor Dunlap came in to close the door in the ninth.
Dunlap gave up a lead-off single, but retired the next three batters to collect his third save of the season.
Washington continues its four-game road trip on Friday at 6:00 p.m. against San Jose State. It is the only game away from Santa Clara’s Schott Stadium.
Washington 6, Santa Clara 4
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SC 100 000 300 –- 4 7 2
Jared Fisher, Troy Rallings (7), Trevor Dunlap and Austin Rei. D.J. Zupata, Reece Karalus (7), Nick Medeiros (8), Chris Heckert (8), Jason Seever (8) and Stevie Berman. W – Fisher (1-1). L – Zupata (1-3). Sv – Trevor Dunlap (3). HR – none. 2B – UW, Erik Forgione, Brian Wolfe. SC, Zach Looney, Casey Munoz. 3B – UW, Austin Rei. Time – 3:05. Attendance – 224.