UW 6, Utah 2

Branden Berry went 2 for 3 with a homer and two runs batted in and Braden Bishop added three hits with a run scored and an RBI to lead Washington to a 6-2 win over Utah in the opener of a season ending Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy Friday night.

With the win the Huskies (27-25, 12-16 Pac-12) snapped a three game losing streak and dealt the Utes (16-34-1, 7-20-1) their seventh straight loss.

After a solo homer by Kody Davis to start the game and a run scoring groundout in the top of the third by Cody Scaggari gave Utah a 2-0 lead, the Huskies finally snapped a scoreless streak of 27 and one third innings with a run in the bottom of the third.

Niles Nygaard led off with a double down the right field line and scored when Bishop lined a one out single to right to make it 2-1 Utes.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies drew even at 2 thanks to Berry's team leading eighth homer of the season, a solo shot on a 1-0 pitch from Bret Helton (2-8) into the visitors bullpen in left field.

Then the Huskies broke the tie and went ahead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Jackson led off with a line single to center and took second on an infield out by Bishop. After Jack Meggs walked, Austin Rei struck out swinging, leaving it up to Alex Schmidt to keep the inning going. That he did with a ground single to left to plate Jackson and make it 3-2 Huskies. Berry then grounded a single to right to score Meggs for 4-2, with Schmidt advancing to third.

A passed ball by catcher AJ Young allowed Schmidt to score for 5-2.

The home team made it 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth on back to back doubles by Bishop and Meggs.

Noah Bremer (6-3) started on the mound and went five innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs on five hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out two.

Troy Rallings notched his fifth save of the season by retiring all four batters he faced, two by swinging strikeouts.

For the Utes Helton gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. He walked four and struck out seven.

The teams resume the series with the second game at 7 p.m on Saturday. Senior Tyler Davis (7-6, 3.21), the all time career leader in innings pitched by a Husky with 352.2, will make his final start. Dalton Carroll (5-8, 5.02) will take the mound for Utah.


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