Dawgs Split Twinbill; Take Series From Ducks
March 17, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 17 Oregon, winning the opener, 5-0, and falling, 3-2 in 13 innings in the nightcap Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies (12-7 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-12) took the series, having beaten the Ducks (13-5, 1-2) on Friday, 8-3.
In Saturday's opener, the Huskies scored four in the first and used a strong starting performance from freshman Tyler Davis to pick up the shutout victory.
Davis (1-0), a right-hander from Mountain View, Calif., who was making his first start after six prior relief outings, stretched his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 15 and two-thirds with six innings of shutout pitching. He allowed three hits and a walk for his first college victory.
Oregon starter Jake Reed (1-2), who had allowed just five earned runs all season going into Saturday's start, gave up five total runs (four earned) over eight innings in the game-one loss.
Washington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, the Huskies loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Michael Camporeale followed with a single to left to bring in one run and third baseman Jacob Lamb then singled up the middle to bring home two more. Freshman Andrew Ely laid down a bunt, plating a runner from third to cap the big first inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jayce Ray led off with a single, moving to second on an errant throw. He took third on a bunt and then scored on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 5-0.
In the nightcap, the Huskies got a two-out hit in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, but Oregon scored in the 13th to get the win.
Washington opened the scoring in the third inning of game two. Freshman Trevor Mitsui belted the first pitch of the inning over the center fielder's head for a leadoff double. After moving to third on a bunt, he scored on a single from Ray, giving the UW a 1-0 edge.
UW starter Austin Voth carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and had retired 15 in a row since a first-inning walk before issuing a walk to J.J. Altobelli with two outs in the sixth. After Aaron Payne was hit by a pitch, Aaron Jones broke up the no-hit and shutout bid by cracking a double off the fence in left-center, scoring both runners to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Washington threatened in the seventh, getting the first two batters aboard on an error and a walk, but after starter Brando Tessar got a strikeout for the first out, closer Jimmie Sherfy came on and retired the next to Husky hitters to end the inning with the 2-1 lead in tact.
In the bottom of the ninth, Caleb Brown started a rally with a one-out single to right field. He moved to third on a passed ball and a groundout and then scored on a two-out, pinch-hit single from Ryan Wiggins, knotting the score at 2-2.
Neither team was able to scratch a run again until the 13th inning. Andrew Mendenhall drew a walk to lead off the inning. After moving to second on a bunt, he scored on a two-out error from second baseman Joe Meggs on a sharp grounder off the bat of Altobelli, putting the Ducks back in front, 3-2.
The Huskies got the tying run aboard with a two-out walk in the bottom of the 13th, but couldn't push a run across.
Sherfy (3-0) went six and two-thirds innings in relief for the win, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six. Husky reliever Adam Cimber (0-1) was charged with the loss. He gave up one run (unearned) on one hit in three and two-thirds.
Washington pitchers retired 15 batters in a row twice in game two. Along with Voth, Zach Wright and Cimber also managed that stretch in the seventh through 11th innings.
With the doubleheader Saturday, the Huskies are done for the weekend. They next travel to face Lamar on Tuesday and Houston on Wednesday before returning to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series vs. Cal State Bakersfield next weekend.