UW 5, WSU 2

SEATTLE - Branden Berry hit a tie-breaking two run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Washington to a 5-2 win over Washington State in the opener of a crucial season ending Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on Friday evening.

With the score tied at 2 and one out in the last of the seventh, Joe Meggs singled to left and Jacob Lamb singled to right against reliever Scott Simon (2-3). Berry then came up to bat and took two balls before blooping the next pitch toward the line in shallow right field. It landed just fair and Berry beat Derek Jones's throw into second for a double, with Meggs and Lamb scoring to put the Huskies ahead 4-2.

The home team added an insurance run for 5-2 in the eighth when Trevor Mitsui lined a leadoff double into the right field corner and two outs later scored on a ground single to center by Meggs.

Eight hundred and forty-four fans attended the game and saw the Huskies put the first run on the board for a 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs Lamb and Berry drew back to back walks against Tanner Chleborad. Chase Anselment then lined a 2-1 pitch into center to score Lamb. In the fourth, the Huskies made it 2-0 when Mitsui led off with a single, went to third on a single by BK Santy and scored on a fielder's choice grounder to short by Jayce Ray.

The Cougars tied the game at 2 in the fifth. Ian Sagdal singled to left and one out later Collin Slaybaugh reached on an infield single. Taylor Ard walked to load the bases. Jones, taking advantage of a Husky defense that shaded him to pull the ball to right, then drove the first pitch from Husky starter Aaron West for an opposite field double to left to score Sagdal and Slaybaugh.

West recorded a quality start for the Huskies despite getting a no decision. He went six innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out six. Tyler Kane (7-2) got the win in relief, pitching two and a third scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and did not walk a batter. He struck out two.

Offensively for the Huskies, Mitsui went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Lamb went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. He also walked twice. Meggs and Santy also recorded multi-hit games with Meggs going 2 for 5 with a run scored and a run batted in while Santy finished 2 for 4.

The Huskies (29-24, 12-16 Pac-12) and Cougars (27-27, 11-17) return to Husky Ballpark for the middle game of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tyler Davis will start for Washington while J.D. Leckenby takes the mound for Washington State.

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