Huskies drop game; win series ove UO

SEATTLE - Andrew Mendenhall scored the winning run on an error as the 17th ranked Oregon Ducks outlasted the Huskies 3-2 in 13 innings to gain a split of a doubleheader on a sunny but cold Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. Oregon (1-2 Pac-12, 13-5) also salvaged the finale of the conference opening series after Washington (2-1, 12-7) won the first two games.

With the scored tied at 2 after 12 innings, Mendenhall led off the top of the 13th against Adam Cimber (0-1) with a four pitch walk. He took second on a sacrifice by Scott Heineman. Then, after Cimber, got a big second out by striking pinch hitter Daniel Pardini before giving way to Jeff Brigham, Oregon leadoff batter J.J. Altobelli hit a liner on one hop that caromed away from second baseman Joe Meggs for an error, allowing Mendenhall to plate the decisive run.

Closer Jimmie Sherfy (3-0) got the win for the Ducks with six and two thirds innings of relief for starter Brando Tessar. He gave up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out six. The Huskies tied the game at 2 against Sherfy in the bottom of the ninth when Caleb Brown lined a one out single to right, took second on a passed ball, moved to third on an unassisted putout by first baseman Ryon Healy, and scored on a line pin hit single to left by Ryan Wiggins.

Cimber suffered the tough luck loss despite allowing just one unearned run on one hit and one walk in three and two thirds innings. He struck out two.

Starting pitchers Austin Voth for the Huskies and Tessar engaged in a terrific pitching duel for six innings. In fact, after a two out walk to Aaron Jones in the first, Voth, retired 15 Oregon batters in a row and took a no hitter into the sixth before pitching himself into trouble.

Altobelli led off the sixth with a four pitch walk and Aaron Payne got hit by a pitch. Then Jones broke up the no hitter and gave Oregon a 2-1 lead when he doubled off the wall in left center field to score Altobelli and Payne. Voth would end up going six plus innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on one hit and two walks. He struck out a season high seven.

For the Ducks, Tessar went six and one thirds innings. He allowed just one earned run, on six hits and two walks. He also set a new season high for strikeouts with 8. The Huskies scored the only run against Tessar and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Trevor Mitsui led off with a double over the head of center fielder Connor Hofmann and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Erik Forgione. The Jayce Ray lined a one strike pitch from Tessar into right center to score Mitsui.

In the opener, a four run first inning provided Tyler Davis all the support he would need in his first career start as the Huskies won 5-0.

With one out in the first, Meggs singled to left and Branden Berry walked. Chase Anselment singled to loaded the bases and Michael Camporeale singled to score Meggs. Jacob Lamb then singled to center to score Berry and Anselment. Andrew Ely squeezed home Camporeale to give the Huskies a 4-0 lead.

They made it 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Ray led off with an infield single, took second on a throwing error by shortstop Altobelli, moved to third on a sacrifice by Meggs, and scored on a passed ball by catcher Brett Hambright.

Davis (1-0) got his first career win with six shutout innings. He gave up only three hits and one walk. He struck out one. For the Ducks, Jake Reed (1-2) got the loss despite pitching a complete game. He went eight innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Anselment led the Husky offense by gong 3 for 4 with a run scored, while Lamb went 2 for 4 with two runs batted in.

After two days off the Huskies return to action with a pair of games in Texas, first against Lamar in Beaumont on Tuesday, March 20 and then against Houston on Wednesday, March 21. They return home for a non-conference series vs. Cal State Bakersfield from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25. Top Stories