Dawgs Improve To 2-0 With Win At SDSU
Feb. 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO - A run-scoring single from junior left fielder Joe Meggs broke an 8-8 tie in the ninth and freshman Branden Berry capped the inning with a two-run homer as the Washington baseball team beat San Diego State, 12-9, Saturday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Huskies (2-0) beat the Aztecs (0-2) for the second straight night to open the season. Friday, the Dawgs scored four in the eighth, overcoming a 3-1 deficit en route to a 7-4 win.
On Saturday, Washington had led 5-1 and 8-5 before SDSU rallied for three in the bottom of the eighth to draw even. In the ninth, freshman Andrew Ely, who entered the game defensively in the seventh, led off with a single. After an out, Jayce Ray walked to put runners at first and second for Meggs, who punched a single to right to score pinch runner Erik Forgione from second base.
Ray scored on a wild pitch to add the UW's 10th run before Berry, a San Diego native, belted his first career homer to left, scoring Meggs ahead of him. On Friday, Berry opened his UW career by going 4-for-4 in his hometown.
Meggs finished the game 3-for-6 while freshman Robert Pehl was 2-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Huskies.
SDSU scored a run in the bottom of the ninth when Ryan Muno and Brad Haynal opened the inning with back-to-back doubles but reliever Joshua Fredendall retired the next three batters to end the game.
Reliever Zach Wright (1-0), who came on in the eighth, picked up the win. Bryan Crabb (0-1), who began the ninth for SDSU, suffered the loss.
The Aztecs opened the scoring in the first inning as Josh Romanski drew a one out walk and scored all the way from first on a long double from Muno.
The Huskies, who had loaded the bases in the first, did so again in the third inning. This time, however, they were able to break onto the scoreboard. With one down and the sacks full, freshman second baseman Robert Pehl singled into right-center, scoring a pair of runs to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
The UW added to the lead in the fifth. With Chase Anselment and Berry aboard on singles to begin the inning, Pehl hit a grounder that got through the legs of the SDSU shortstop, allowing Berry to score from second. After a bunt moved the runners to second and third, freshman Trevor Mitsui laced a single to right, sending home Anselment. Pehl then crossed the plate on a wild pitch to increase the Washington lead to 5-1.
The Aztecs got back into the game in the sixth, posting four runs to draw even. After loading the bases with one out on a double and two hit batters, a groundout from Greg Allen brought home one run. Jomel Torres then followed with a two-out single to right, plating two more to cut the UW lead to 5-4. Torres moved to second on a balk and then scored on a single from Cody Smith, knotting the score at 5-5.
Washington, however, took almost no time to move back in front as Anselment and Pehl led off the seventh with back-to-back doubles, Anselment scoring on Pehl's hit to move the Huskies back in front. Pehl moved to third in a groundout and scored on a sac fly from Mitsui, giving the UW a 7-5 lead.
The UW added an eighth run in the eighth when B.K. Santy reached on a two-out single and scored when a shallow drive to center was mishandled for an error.
However, in the bottom of the eighth, the Aztecs rallied to tie the score. After loading the bases with no outs, a Torres sacrifice fly brought home a run. Smith then belted a two-out double to right, tying the score once again at 8-8.
UW junior starter George Asmus, making his UW debut after transferring from Ohlone College, went five innings and left with a four-run lead, but didn't figure in the decision. He gave up just one run on four hits while walking two and fanning five.
Eleven different Huskies recorded a hit in the game, including all nine starting hitters. The UW used six pitchers in the game while SDSU used seven.
The Huskies and Aztecs wrap up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. Washington opens the home schedule Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. vs. SeattleU at Husky Ballpark.