#14 Washington 1, #19 Oregon 0

SEATTLE - Tyler Davis and Troy Rallings combined on a five hit shutout as #14 Washington beat #19 Oregon 1-0 in the middle game of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a mostly cloudy Saturday evening.

763 fans saw Davis (6-1) begin April where he left off in March. After going 4-0 with a 0.91 earned run average in five March starts with 15 strikeouts against only two walks in 29 and two thirds innings, he began Saturday's game in terrific fashion, striking out Oregon leadoff batter Aaron Payne on three pitches.

He would go on to set a career high in innings pitched and strikeouts for a single game, going seven and two thirds innings and striking out 10, including the side in the second. Davis threw only 89 pitches for the game, 62 for strikes, and allowed only three hits, an infield single to Mark Karaviotus in the third, a sharp single to Kyle Garlick in the fifth and a leadoff single to J. B. Bryant in the eighth.

After Bryant's hit, Nick Catalano pinch ran and and took second on a sacrifice by Jack Kruger. After Austin Grebeck flied out to left Davis gave way to Rallings, who emphatically slammed the door on the Ducks, striking out Karaviotus on three pitches to end the inning.

Rallings earned his fourth save of the season, but not before the Ducks made the game interesting in the top of the ninth.

After Payne struck out looking to begin the inning, A. J. Balta hit a slow roller to first for an unassisted putout by Brian Wolfe. Tyler Baumgartner kept the inning alive with a chop single over the head of third baseman Alex Schmidt. He stole second and Mitchell Tolman walked, bringing Garlick to the plate. Garlick fell behind in the count 0-2 on two swinging strikes but then looked at two balls before reaching safely on an infield single to load the bases. Oregon then brought in pinch hitter Shaun Chase, and after taking a ball, he lined the next pitch to left. At first it looked like trouble but Kyle London took a few steps to his right to make the catch and end the game.

Five Oregon pitchers combined to allow only two hits and the one run in eight innings. Matt Krook, who entered the game with a 2-1 record and 1.88 ERA, started and appeared sharp, allowing only one hit while striking out four in two and a third innings.

With one out and Braden Bishop at the plat in the bottom of the third, Krook got ahead in the count 0-2 but then suddenly left the game with an apparent injury, giving way to Trent Paddon, who ended up striking out Bishop on the next pitch.

However, the Huskies scored the game's only run when Paddon (0-2) walked the next batter, Andrew Ely, on four pitches, wild pitched the runner to second, and then gave up a double down the left field line by Robert Pehl.

Offensively for the Huskies, Ely extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single to center in the first inning and Pehl reached base in all four of his plate appearances, finishing with a double, two hit by pitches and a walk.

The Huskies (9-2 Pac-12, 21-6-1) and Ducks (7-4, 22-9) conclude the three game series on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. The mound matchup will feature two pitchers with perfect records, Jeff Brigham (4-0, 1.59 ERA) for the host Huskies and Jeff Gold (7-0, 2.15) for the Ducks.

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