SEATTLE – Tyler Davis pitched masterfully over seven innings and Washington clinched the series win against Arizona after the Huskies beat the Wildcats 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Davis (4-1) gave up just three hits and allowed one earned run before handing the game over to the Washington bullpen. He struck out two and walked one to become Washington’s first four-game winner.
The win was the Huskies fourth in a row -- 11th in 12 games -- and improved Washington to 15-5-1, 4-1 on the season. It also ensures UW has won back-to-back series over Arizona (11-14, 1-4) for the first time in Huskies’ history after they took two-of-three in Tucson, Ariz. last season.
Washington jumped on Arizona starter Cody Hamlin (3-2) to take an early 1-0 lead. Braden Bishop led off the game with an infield single, stole second and was sacrificed to third by Andrew Ely. Robert Pehl scored Bishop with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The lead did last long for the Huskies though as the Wildcats tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the second. Trent Gilbert, who led off the inning with a hit, scored with two out when Davis uncorked a wild pitch.
Washington jumped back on top in the third inning and once again, Bishop’s legs led to the Dawgs scoring. He led off the inning with a double, was again sacrificed to third by Ely and came around to score on a Pehl groundout to make it 2-1.
The Dawgs padded their lead with an unearned run in the fourth inning to go up 3-1. Trevor Mitsui hit a two-out double and came around to score when Austin Rei was credited with a double and an error by the right fielder.
Kenny Meimerstorf slid to try to make a catch, but could not, and the ball bounced away from him. He then threw the ball wildly to third base allowing Mitsui to score, but Rei was out at third on a close play to end the Huskies’ threat.
Washington would add two more runs in the sixth inning to give Davis an even bigger cushion to work with. Branden Berry and Brian Wolfe hit singles to put runners on the corner with one out and Mitsui drove home Berry with a single of his own to make it 4-1. Rei collected the fourth-consecutive hit of the inning with a single to right that scored Wolfe and make it 5-1.
That was plenty of offense for Davis who did not allow a hit after the third inning and retired 12 straight batters until he walked lead-off hitter Zach Gibbons in the eighth inning. It was the first walk allowed by Davis in 28 and 1/3 innings, but reliver Will Ballowe erased Gibbons with a double play to close the book on Davis.
Arizona would score with two outs in the inning though to cut Washington’s lead to 5-2. After the double play, Ballowe gave up a single to Willie Calhoun. He was relieved Trevor Dunlap who gave up two singles, the last one a RBI hit by No. 9 hitter Joseph Maggi that scored Calhoun.
Troy Rallings came into the game in the ninth and worked a perfect inning to earn his third save in the last three games.
Wolfe and Mitsui each went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead UW hitters. Rei and Bishop added two hits apiece.
Washington goes for the series sweep Sunday at 1:00 p.m. They will send junior Jeff Brigham (3-0, 1.29) to the hill against Wildcats’ righty Austin Schnabel (0-2, 5.84).
Washington 5, Arizona 2
ARIZ 010 000 010 –- 2 6 1
WASH 101 102 00x –- 5 12 0
Tyler Davis, Will Ballowe (8), Trevor Dunlap (8), Troy Rallings (9) and Austin Rei. Cody Hamlin, Morgan Earman (8) and Riley Moore. W – Davis (4-1). L – Hamlin (3-2). Sv – Rallings (3). HR – none. 3B – none. 2B – UW, Braden Bishop, Austin Rei. Time – 2:21. Attendance – 1,223.