SEATTLE – Ryan Wiggins drove in four runs and Washington, ranked seventh in the latest Baseball America rankings, pounded out 16 hits to beat Northern Colorado, 14-3, Monday night at Husky Ballpark in a non-conference game.
The Pac-12 leading Huskies (25-7-1, 12-3) scored four times in the seventh inning and six times in the eighth inning to bust open a close game and hand Northern Colorado its 18th-straight loss.
The Huskies improved to 22-3 over their last 25 games.
Despite the final score, it was Northern Colorado (5-31) who scored first. The Bears loaded the bases in the first inning off Husky starter Henry Baker and jumped ahead by scoring on a sacrifice fly.
But the lead did not last long.
In the bottom of the inning, Andrew Ely walked with one out and Robert Pehl singled to put runners on first and second. Ely advanced to third on a Trevor Mitsui fly out and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Wiggins.
Washington took the lead for good in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit. Parker Guinn led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second and stole third. With one out, Chris Baker laid down a perfect safety squeeze that allowed Guinn to score and make it 2-1.
Mitsui gave the Huskies some breathing room in the fifth inning with an opposite field two-run home run that gave them the 4-1 lead. It was Mitsui’s third homer of the season – all of which have been hit to right field – and came after Pehl was hit by a pitch.
Northern Colorado scored an unearned run in the seventh inning to cut the Huskies lead in half, 4-2, but the Huskies answered back in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own to put the game out of reach for good.
The Huskies loaded the bases with one out via two hits and a walk, and Wiggins delivered for the second time in the game, this time with a two-run single. Guinn followed with a RBI single and after an out, pinch-hitter Brian Wolfe capped the scoring and made it 8-2 with a RBI double.
The Bears got a run back in the eighth with a solo home run by Alex Drew, but again, the Huskies poured it on in the bottom half of the inning. Washington sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six times. Erik Forgione, Matt Jackson and Josh Cushing all had RBI singles, while Wolfe had a 2-RBI single. Wiggins added a sacrifice fly.
Bishop, Mitsui, Jackson, Wiggins and Wolfe all had two hits for the Huskies. Wolfe, who came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, went 2-for-2 at the plate to raise his average to .404 on the season.
Dae Yang Kim (1-0) pitched in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up his first win of the season.
The Huskies hit the road on Wednesday for a three-game series at California, beginning Thursday and going through Saturday because of the Easter weekend.
--The Huskies’ home game scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 vs. Seattle U has been moved to Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park and will be a home game for the Redhawks. First pitch will now be at 6:00 p.m. In return, the Tuesday, May 13 game against Seattle U, which was a make-up game for a rain out April 8, will be played at Husky Ballpark.
#7 Washington 14, N. Colorado 3
NC 100 000 110 –- 3 5 1
WASH 100 120 46x –- 14 16 1
Henry Baker, Dae Yang Kim (5), Brandon Choate (7), Zach Wright (9) and Parker Guinn. Nick Miller, Yan Fortin (5), Nick Tanner (7), Lucas Corrick (7), Spencer Johnson (8) and Andrew Coffman, Bryan Tibbitts (5). W – Kim (1-0). L – Miller (0-3). Sv – none. HR – UW, Trevor Mitsui (3); NC, Alex Drew (1). 3B – none. 2B – UW, Brian Wolfe. Time – 3:05. Attendance – 612.