Diamond Dawgs Take Doubleheader

SEATTLE - Austin Rei doubled home the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning and Jeff Brigham combined with three relievers on a six hitter as seventh ranked Washington shut out Washington State 2-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy and windy Sunday evening.

With the win in the nightcap the Huskies (29-10-1, 16-5 Pac-12) won the Apple Cup of baseball two games to one and dropped the Cougars to 18-22, 8-10. The win also gave the Huskies their seventh Pac-12 series win against no losses and assured them of their first winning record in conference play since they finished 15-9 against a then 9 team Pac-10 in 2004.

After Brigham and Jason Monda pitched scoreless ball for the first three and a half innings, the Huskies got on the board in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out Trevor Mitsui and Brian Wolfe had back to back singles. Branden Berry lined out to second, bringing up Rei, who pulled a 2-2 pitch past third baseman Nick Tanielu for a double to score both runners. On the play the Cougars had a shot to throw Wolfe out at the plate but opted to throw to second instead, allowing Wolfe to score standing up.

Brigham (5-2) snapped a two game losing streak and won his first game since March 23 against Arizona. He went six shutout innings, allowing four hits and walking two. He did not strike out a batter.

Will Ballewe relieved Brigham in the seventh after Ben Roberts got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and retired the only batter he faced, Ian Sagdal, on a sacrifice bunt. Brandon Choate came into relief next and went one and two thirds innings, allowing one hit while striking out two.

Troy Rallings pitched a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the doubleheader and seventh of the season.

The Cougars had a runner on in six of the nine innings, but the defense helped the Husky pitchers, turning four double plays.

Ironically the best threat for WSU came in the sixth after one of the Huskies' double plays. P.J. Jones reached on an infield single and Tanielu singled to shallow left field, but Yale Rosen lined out to right to end the inning.

In suffering the loss, Monda (1-5) lasted only three and two thirds innings, giving up both runs on five hits while walking none and striking out two.
Andrew Ely had three hits with a run scored and the eventual game winning run batted in to help the Huskies win the opener 2-1.

With one out in the bottom of the first Ely lined a single to center and one out later scored on a line double in and out of the glove of center fielder Trek Stemp by Wolfe, putting the Huskies up 1-0.

In the bottom of the fifth Washington made it 2-0 when Erik Forgione reached base on an errant throw by Tanielu, took second on a sacrifice by Braden Bishop, and scored on a line single to left center by Ely.

Tyler Davis pitched five hit ball for seven innings to help the Huskies snap a season high three game losing streak and improve to 28-10-1 and 15-5 in the Pac-12. Davis (9-1) won his eighth straight decision after a 3-2 loss to Oregon State on February 24.

The only run against him came in the top of the sixth inning, when Trace Tam Sing lined an 0-2 pitch into the left field corner for a double and Collin Slaybaugh bunted for a base hit to put Cougars on at first and third. Tam Sing scored a wild pitch to make it 2-1 Huskies.

The Cougars threatened an inning earlier in the fifth when Tanielu lined an opposite field double to right and Roberts hit a fly ball that looked like it would clear the wall in right for a two run homer and a 2-1 Cougar lead, but Wolfe saved the runs with a perfectly timed leap, catching the ball for the first out.

Sagdal and Patrick McGrath then followed with successive groundouts to second to end the inning.

In the seventh Tanielu reached on an infield single and took second on a sacrifice by Roberts. Sagdal came up next and hit a low sinking line drive to center that might have scored the runner had it dropped but Bishop raced in to catch the ball and stepped on second to complete a rare unassisted double play by an outfielder.

The Cougars had the tying and go-ahead runs ahead in both the eighth and ninth but came away empty.

In the eighth Rallings got Jones to ground out to short to end the inning. Then, in the ninth, with one out, Tanielu got hit by a pitch and Roberts singled to center. After Sagdal struck out looking for the second out, the Cougars executed a double steal. With the tying run only 90 feet away, Rallings struck out McGrath swinging to record his sixth save of the season.

Tanner Chleborad (2-5) started for Washington State and got the loss despite going seven and a thirds innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.

After a day off the Huskies return to Husky Ballpark for a non-conference contest against Seattle University on Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. They then travel to Utah for a Pac-12 series May 2-4.

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