Dawgs Open Pac-12 Play With 8-3 Win Over Oregon
March 16, 2012
SEATTLE - After giving up two early runs, Husky starter Aaron West settled in to lift the Washington baseball team to an 8-3 win over 17th-ranked Oregon in both teams' Pac-12 Conference opener Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
West, a junior from Snohomish, went six-plus innings for the win to improve to 3-1 on the season. At one stretch, he retired 13 Ducks in a row. He finished having allowed three runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Washington improved to 11-6 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-12.
Ducks starter Alex Keudell (1-3) suffered the loss. In his six and two-thirds innings, he gave up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits.
Oregon (12-4 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-12) grabbed the early lead in the first. J.J. Altobelli led off the game with a single, moved to second on a balk and scored on a one-out single from Aaron Jones.
In the second, the Ducks added another. Kyle Garlick singled to begin the inning. After moving up on a groundout, a two-out single from Brett Hambright brought him home, making it a 2-0 Oregon lead.
Keudell had retired the first nine Huskies of the game in order before Husky center fielder Jayce Ray led off the fourth with a sharp double to right. After a bunt single from Joe Meggs, Ray scored from third on a wild pitch. After a Brenden Berry single, Chase Anselment singled to right, scoring Meggs. Washington went in front when Berry scored from third on a double-play groundout, moving the Huskies on top, 3-2.
In the meantime, after that two-out single from Hambright in the second, West got on a roll. He retired the next 13 batters he faced, setting down the side in order in the third through sixth innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Berry was hit by a pitch and Anselment singled to open the inning. Berry scored from third on a Michael Camporeale groundout and Anselment came in to score on an error, increasing the UW lead to 5-2.
Garlick, the Ducks' left fielder, broke up West's string when he belted the first pitch of the seventh inning over the left-field fence for his second homer of the season.
Husky shortstop Ty Afenir led off the seventh with a bunt single and Ray reached on catcher's interference. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, a Meggs sacrifice fly plated Afenir. With two outs in the seventh and reliever Thomas Thorpe on for Keudell, Husky sophomore Ryan Wiggins belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer to push the Husky advantage to 8-3.
The UW spread 11 hits over nine different batters as Anselment and Santy were the only Huskies with two. Hambright and Garlick had two each for Oregon.
In a change to the original schedule, the Huskies and Ducks will play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 12 noon while no game is currently scheduled for Sunday. Fans can watch live video and follow live stats of both games, for free, at gohuskies.com.