UW Salvages Season Finale

SEATTLE - Jeff Brigham pitched four hit ball for seven innings and Brian Wolfe homered in his final home game to lift 8th ranked Washington to a 6-1 victory over UCLA in the regular season finale for both teams at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

1,390 fans braved a steady drizzle throughout the game to see the Huskies (39-15-1, 21-9 Pac-12) salvage the final game of the three game Pac-12 series against the Bruins (25-30-1, 12-18) and snap both a season high four game losing streak and a streak of 19 losses to UCLA dating back to April 2008.

The Huskies also concluded the first season at their new field of dreams at Husky Ballpark with a 17-6 mark and now look forward to spending Memorial Day finding out their postseason destination in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. The NCAA announced 16 regional hosts on Sunday and will unveil the complete 64 team field at 9 a.m Monday on ESPNU.

Brigham (7-3) allowed only an unearned run and four singles in his seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The Bruins scored their only run in the top of the seventh when Justin Hazard led off with a line single to left, reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Chris Baker, took third on a sacrifice by Pat Gallagher and scored on a ground out to short by Aaron Weimer.

Brigham also helped his own cause with a terrific defensive play on a chopper by Gallagher in the top of the fifth that looked like it would get into center for a hit. Brigham blindly put his glove up and happened to catch the ball. He took a few steps toward first before tossing the ball underhand to Branden Berry for the put out.

The Huskies took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth against starter and loser Cody Poteet (3-5). With one out Wolfe, who finished 2 for 4, grounded a single to right for the first Husky hit of the game. After Branden Berry popped out, Trevor Mitsui got hit by a pitch and Robert Pehl reached on an infield single to load the bases. A wild pitch by Poteet allowed Wolfe to score for 1-0 and gave the Huskies runners at second and third. Chris Baker then lined a double down the left field line to make it 3-0.

Another three runs in the bottom of the fifth made it 6-0. Braden Bishop got hit by a pitch leading off. He took second on a sacrifice by Ely. With Austin Rei at the plate, Bishop broke for third on the first pitch and easily scored for 4-0. when Rei looped a pitch that eluded the glove of shortstop Trent Chatterton and got into center field for a single. That brought up Wolfe, who took a ball before lofting a high fly ball to right. Kort Peterson went back to the wall and made a leaping attempt to catch the ball but it landed a few feet beyond for a two run homer, Wolfe's fifth of the season.

Four other Huskies celebrated Senior Day along with Wolfe, relievers Trevor Dunlap, Dae Yang Kim and Zach Wright and catcher Ryan Wiggins.

Dunlap made his 29th appearance of the season in relief of Brigham and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, a single to Chatterton in the eighth. He did not walk or strike out anyone.

In suffering the loss Poteet lasted only four and a thirds innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on five hits. He walked only one and hit three batters against only one strikeout.

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