Huskies Sweep Away USC With 5-0 Victory
May 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and beat USC, 5-0, to complete a three-game, Pac-12 sweep of the Trojans at Dedeaux Field.
The Huskies moved above the .500 mark in Pac-12 play with the victory, improving to 26-18 overall and 11-10 in the conference. The win was the second shutout of the series and the UW's seventh win in its last eight games. The Trojans fell to 22-21 overall and 7-13 in league play.
For the second straight day, Husky reliever Tyler Kane (5-1) picked up the win. The sophomore from Mill Creek pitched two perfect innings, striking out one. Nick Palewicz pitched the eighth and Joshua Fredendall worked the ninth to complete the shutout. The Huskies held USC to a collective three hits on the day.
USC reliever Wyatt Strahan (3-3) was victimized by a pair of errors in the fourth-run seventh. He gave up only one hit, but allowed three unearned runs in his one and one-third innings for the loss.
Washington had a runner in scoring position in the second, fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't push anything across. In the seventh, Mitsui singled, Jacob Lamb reached on an error and B.K. Santy walked to load the bases with no outs.
Pinch hitter Michael Camporeale followed with a fly ball to relatively shallow center field, but the throw to the plate was too late to get Mitsui, who scored the game's first run on the sacrifice fly.
The Huskies reloaded the bases when Jayce Ray was hit by a pitch and a two-out error from the USC shortstop on a groundball from Joe Meggs allowed Lamb to score. Brown followed with a single up the middle, bringing home both Santy and Ray to stake the Huskies to a 4-0 lead.
In the ninth, Joe Meggs reached on a two-out walk and eventually scored on a single and an error off the bat of Brown, accounting for the fifth Husky tally.
Neither starter figured in the decision as both were relieved when the game was still scoreless. Husky sophomore starter Jeff Brigham worked five innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out three. USC starter Bobby Wheatley also worked five scoreless innings, scattering five hits.
Next weekend, the Huskies play host to UCLA in a three-game series. Friday night's game will be played at Safeco Field, starting at 6:00 p.m. The series continues with games Saturday and Sunday at Husky Ballpark.