#14 UW 5, #19 Oregon 4 (10)

SEATTLE - Andrew Ely doubled home three runs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning and give 14th ranked Washington a thrilling 5-4 win over 19th ranked Oregon in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.

1,777 fans saw the Huskies (10-2 Pac-12, 22-6-1) take the series against the Ducks (7-5, 22-10) two games to one with the dramatic victory and and win their fourth straight Pac-12 series, having previously beaten Arizona State two games to one and sweeping Arizona and USC.

Washington also improved its record in extra inning games to 4-0.

Ely's game winning hit capped an eventful inning that saw Oregon take a 4-2 lead in the top half before the Huskies came back in the bottom half.

It seemed as if Oregon closer Jake Reed (2-1) could not stand prosperity. In line to get his third win, he instead walked Alex Schmidt on five pitches, gave up a line single to Austin Rei and walked Erik Forgione to load the bases, all with none out.

He got pulled in favor of Darrell Hunter, who got one out when Braden Bishop grounded into a fielder's choice putout at home. Ely then came up to bat and took a ball before lining a frozen rope to right field and into the corner by the Husky bullpen. Pinch runner Chris Baker and Forgione scored easily and third base coach Donegal Fergus waived Bishop around third and he beat the throw home with a head first slide to score the game winner.

The Huskies rushed out of the first base dugout and mobbed Bishop in a joyous celebration at the plate.

Troy Rallings (3-0) got the win for the Huskies despite giving up the two runs in the top of the 10th. Austin Grebeck led off with a double down the right field line and took third on a sacrifice by Kyle Garlick. Nick Catalano got hit by a pitch, bringing up pinch hitter Steven Packard, who grounded a single to right to score Grebeck and make it 3-2 Oregon, and after Aaron Payne struck out swinging, A.J. Balta lined a single to right to score Catalano for 4-2.

In a matchup of undefeated starting pitchers, neither Washington's Jeff Brigham or Oregon's Jeff Gold factored into the decision at the end, but Gold certainly did his part to live up to his 7-0 record and 2.15 ERA. He went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. He threw only 85 pitches, 67 for strikes, and did not go to three balls on any batter.

In fact he no-hit the Huskies through the first five innings and only allowed one base runner in the bottom of the first when Ely got hit in the back with an 0-1 pitch.

The Huskies finally broke through against Gold in the bottom of the sixth, breaking up both the no-hitter and getting on the board with four consecutive hits, to tie the game at 2. After Rei struck out swinging and Forgione grounded out to short for two quick outs, Bishoip lined a 2-1 pitch to left field for a single and the first Husky hit of the game. Ely followed with another single to extend his hitting streak to 19 games and put runners on at first and second. Robert Pehl singled to score Bishop and Brian Wolfe doubled off the wall in right center to score Ely.

For the Huskies, Brigham went six innings in his start, giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits. He walked four and struck out four. Both runs came in the top of the second and gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

Mitchell Tolman led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice by Shaun Chase. J. B. Bryant got hit by a pitch to put Ducks on at first and third. A wild pitch allowed Tolman to score for 1-0 and Bryant to take second. A groundout by Garlick advanced Bryant to third, and Catalano walked to give the Ducks another first and third situation, and this time the runners executed a double steal, with Catalano stealing second and Bryant home for a 2-0 lead. Catalano then stole third but got stranded there when Brigham struck out Mark Karaviotis swinging to end the inning.

After a day off the Huskies next face the cross town Seattle U Redhawks in a non-conference game at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. before they resume conference play with a three game series against Stanford at Husky Ballpark Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. Friday's opener will start at 5 p.m.


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