UW 8, Arizona 0

SEATTLE - Brian Wolfe hit the first home run at new Husky Ballpark to cap a five run fifth inning and Washington went on to beat Arizona 8-0 in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series on a glorious Sunday afternoon.

1,774 fans also saw Jeff Brigham and two relievers combine on a five hitter for the ballpark's first shutout as the Huskies (5-1, 16-5-1) won their sixth straight game and swept the Wildcats (1-5, 11-15) in a series for the first time since 2004.

They also won consecutive series against Arizona for the first time since the conference eliminated divisions in 1999.

Leading 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Washington sent nine batters to the plate, with five of them scoring, against starter Austin Schnabel (0-3) and Xavier Borde.

Andrew Ely led off with a double off the 395 marker to the right field side of the center field screen. Robert Pehl singled to left. Borde relieved Schnabel and fell behind Alex Schmidt 3-0 in the count before eventually hitting him with a pitch. That loaded the bases for Branden Berry, who drove in Ely and Pehl for 5-0 with a line double to left center. Wolfe then came up to bat and drilled 1-1 pitch over the wall in right field by the foul pole for a three run homer, his second of the season and an 8-0 score.

On the mound, Brigham (4-0) went six plus innings, allowing only three hits while walking one and striking out four. He threw first pitch strikes to 18 of the 23 batters he faced and only threw 84 pitches overall.

He wobbled with his control a bit in the fourth when he walked his only batter of the game, Trent Gilbert, on four pitches and threw two more balls to Zach Gibbons. After pitching coach Jason Kelly came out to the mound to talk to Brigham, he seemed to get back on track, throwing a called strike to Gibbons before retiring him on a groundout to third. Then Riley Moore flied out to center to end the inning.

After Brigham gave up a double to Gibbons to lead off the seventh, the Huskies went to the bullpen for Ballowe. He retired all three batters he faced. Two more Arizona batters reached base against Ballowe in the eighth but he struck out both Kevin Newman and Gilbert looking to end the inning. Nesbitt came in from the pen for mop up duty and allowed only a harmless two out infield single to Willie Calhoun before getting Kenny Meimerstorf on a fly ball to left to end the game.

The Huskies broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning. Trevor Mitsui led off with a single, took second on a balk by Schnabel, moved to third on a base hit by Austin Rei, and scored on a bunt base hit by Erik Forgione for 1-0.

Two runs in the fourth made it 3-0. With one out Wolfe singled and Trevor Mitsui walked. Austin Rei grounded into a fielder's choice but kept the inning alive by beating shortstop Newman's relay to first. That allowed Forgione to bat and, after fouling away the first pitch from Schnabel, he roped a double to left field to score Wolfe and Rei.

With the first series in the books, the Huskies now look to improve their record in their new home when they host the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a non-conference game at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.


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