SEATTLE – The Pac-12 leading Huskies pounded out 10 hits and gave starting pitcher Jared Fisher plenty of run support to beat Stanford, 6-1, at Husky Ballpark Friday night.
Ninth-ranked Washington (23-6-1, 11-2) reached double-digits in hits for the 15th time this season and has won 20 of its last 22 games.
Stanford (11-15, 3-7) dropped its fifth-consecutive Pac-12 game.
Both teams loaded the bases in the second inning with two outs, but only the Huskies struck pay dirt. Braden Bishop delivered the first of two two-run singles to make it 2-0, and after a walk to Andrew Ely to re-load the bases, Robert Pehl also singled to score two more runs and make it 4-0.
The Huskies made it 5-0 in the fifth inning on another two-out base hit. Brian Wolfe singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored two outs later on a single by Alex Schmidt.
The run support was plenty for Fisher, who was outstanding after struggling a week ago against Oregon. He went six shutout innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out five batters to improve his record to 3-3 on the season.
Fisher wiggled out of a couple of bases loaded jams in both the second and fifth innings. He got out of the fifth after taking a line drive off his right foot, which was wedged between a pair of walks. Fisher then got number three and four hitters Alex Blandino and Austin Slater to strike out swinging to end the inning.
Stanford got on the scoreboard in the eighth on a solo home run by Blandino off relief pitcher Will Ballowe, but it was too little, too late.
Blandino’s blast was just the second home run at Husky Ballpark and the first by a UW opponent.
Pehl, Wolfe and Erik Forgione each had two hits to lead Washington.
Ely went hitless to snap the nation’s longest hit streak at 19 games.
The Huskies and Cardinal continue the three-game series Saturday at Husky Ballpark with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PT. Washington will send reigning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week Tyler Davis (6-1, 1.16) to the hill against right hander Cal Quantrill (3-2, 2.60).
#9 Washington 6, Stanford 1
STAN 000 000 010 –- 1 5 0
WASH 040 010 10x –- 6 10 1
Jared Fisher, Will Ballowe (7), Trevor Dunlap and Austin Rei. Brett Hanewich, Logan James (6), Daniel Starwalt (7), Griffin Weir (8) and Wayne Taylor. W – Fisher (3-3). L – Hanewich (1-3). Sv – none. HR – STAN, Alex Blandino (4). 3B – none. 2B – none. Time – 2:23. Attendance – 1,118.