UW 5, #8 USC 1

SEATTLE - Chris Baker hit his first career homer to cap a 3 for 4 night at the plate as the Huskies beat the 8th ranked USC Trojans 5-1 in the opener of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a balmy Friday evening.

Baker extended his hitting streak to six games, five of them with two or more hits, and improved his average in conference games to .448 (13 for 29). He also improved his average in home games to .475(19 for 40). He doubled in the second, homered in the sixth, and singled in the eighth.

The Trojans (20-6, 2-2 Pac-12) got on the board first with their only run in the top of the third when A.J. Ramirez led off with a line double down the right field line against Noah Bremer (3-2) and scored on a one out single to left by Bobby Stahel.

The Huskies (15-10, 2-5) came right back with a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 1 when Kyle London reached base on an infield single with one out and scored on a line double into the left field corner by Braden Bishop.

In the bottom of the fourth the Huskies went ahead 2-1 with an unearned run. With one out Josh Cushing singled to center and advanced to third on a ground rule double by Alex Schmidt. Joey Morgan then hit what looked like an inning ending ground ball to shortstop but Reggie Southall bobbled it for an error, allowing Cushing to score.

Then in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies built upon their one run lead. Branden Berry led off with a single and Cushing followed with another single. Then Baker stepped to the Pete and drove the first pitch from Brent Wheatley (2-1) into the trees beyond the 365 marker for three runs and a 5-1 lead.

Three Husky pitchers limited the Trojans to six hits, two by leadoff batter Stahel.

Bremer went six innings to get the win. He allowed one run on four hits while walking three, He did not strike out a man.

Brandon Choate made his Pac-12 leading 17th appearance and pitched two scoreless innings. He struck out two.

Troy Rallings pitched a perfect ninth.

For USC, Wheatley suffered his first loss of the season, going 5 and one third innings. He allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits. He did not walk a man and struck out two.

The Huskies and Trojans will resume the series at 2 p.m. On Saturday afternoon. Tyler Davis (3-1, 2.86) will start for Washington and Kyle Twomey (4-1, 2.23) for USC.

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