LOS ANGELES – A day after an earthquake shook Los Angeles, the Huskies’ bats caused some seismic activity of their own Saturday afternoon at USC’s Dedeaux Field.
Brian Wolfe homered twice and had 8 RBIs to lead a Husky offensive onslaught as they scored in every inning, pounded out a season-high 25 hits and scored a season-high 19 times in a 19-4 blow-out win over USC.
Washington (19-5-1, 7-1) cruised to its ninth-consecutive win and 16th in 17 games. The win gave the Huskies sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 Conference standings after UCLA lost 8-5 to Arizona State.
With 25 hits there were plenty of offensive accolades to go around, but Wolfe, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, stole the show. He equaled a career high with four hits and was 4-for-6 overall. Wolfe had a bases-loaded, 2-run single in the third and a pair of three-run bombs in the fourth and fifth innings to blow things open.
Seven Huskies had mult-hits in the game. Besides Wolfe, three other Huskies had three hit days: Andrew Ely (3-for-4, 2 RBI and 2 runs), Branden Berry (3-for-5, 3 runs) and Erik Forgione (3-for-6, RBI, run).
Not that he needed much offensive support, but Husky starter Tyler Davis gladly took it. Davis allowed just one run and one hit in six innings of work to become the Huskies first five-game winner (5-1) this season. He struck out two, walked one and threw just 77 pitches before giving way to the Huskies’ bullpen.
The Huskies jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first inning off USC starter Bob Wheatley (2-2). Braden Bishop led off the game with a four-pitch walk, was advanced to second on an Ely sacrifice and came around to score on a Robert Pehl single down the right field line.
In the second inning, the Huskies added another run to make it 2-0. Austin Rei hit a one-out double to center field and with two outs, Forgione doubled down the right field line to score Rei.
USC cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second. Dante Flores led off the inning with a triple and scored on a ground out to shortstop by Blake Lacey to make it 2-1.
Washington broke the game open in the third inning with four runs to make it 6-1. The Huskies loaded the bases twice in the inning and both times the Huskies came through with hits. Wolfe and one batter later Erik Schmidt each delivered 2-run singles.
Wolfe followed up one inning later with a 3-run blast over the right-center field fence to make the score 9-1. For Wolfe, it was his third home run of the season, but was only a sign of things to come.
In the fifth inning after the Huskies had already scored twice, Wolfe drilled another home run over the right field wall to make the score 15-1.
Washington added a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and one each in the eighth and ninth innings.
USC dropped to 13-12 on the season, 3-5 in Pac-12 play.
The finale of the series will be played between the two teams Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Huskies will send junior right-hander Jeff Brigham (4-0, 1.06) to the hill. Brigham has allowed 1 or fewer runs in each of his previous six starts.
Washington 19, USC 4
WASH 114 351 211 –- 19 25 2
USC 010 000 300 –- 4 7 4
Tyler Davis, Alex Nesbitt (7), Brandon Choate (8), Troy Rallings (9) and Austin Rei, Parker Guinn (6). Bob Wheatley, Brooks Kriske (3), Sean Silva (6) and Jeremy Martinez, Jake Hernandez (8). W – Davis (5-1). L – Wheatley (2-3). Sv – none. HR – Brian Wolfe, 2 (4). 3B – USC, Dante Flores. 2B – UW, Austin Rei, Erik Forgione, Jack Meggs. Time – 3:03. Attendance – 523.