UW 3, Utah 2

Troy Rallings pitched out of a bases loaded jam and retired all five batters he faced to save the win for Tyler Davis in his final career start as the Washington Huskies downed the Utah Utes 3-2 at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy Saturday night.

With two straight wins over Utah, the Huskies (28-25, 13-16 Pac-12) clinched their third Pac-12 series win of the season while the Utes (16-35-1, 7-21-1) suffered their eighth straight loss.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, Utah loaded the bases without a hit. Kody Davis got hit by a pitch from Spencer Jones leading off. Cody Scaggari sacrificed the runner to second but reached safely on an error by first baseman Branden Berry. Dallas Carroll then advanced the runners with another sacrifice.

With first base open and only one out, Jones walked AJ Young intentionally to set up a force at any base.

Rallings then relieved Jones and got both batters he faced, Kellen Marruffo on a called third strike and Biss Larsen on a flyout to left.

Then in the ninth, Rallings set the Utes down in order, getting the final out on a pitcher unassisted putout, to notch his sixth save of the season.

Tyler Davis (8-6) benefited from Rallings's terrific relief to win his final career start. he went six innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five. He threw 98 pitches, 64 for strikes, and threw first pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced.

Both Utah runs came courtesy of solo homers against Davis, the first by Marruffo on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the second and the other by Josh Rose on a 3-1 pitch in the fifth, also with one out.

With his final start in the books Davis finished his senior season 8-6 with a 3.20 earned run average and 93 strikeouts in 112 and 2/3 innings, which rank third for a single season.

For his career Davis ranks as the all time Husky leader in innings pitched with 358 and 2/3 innings, second in games started with 50, behind only the 51 of Tim Lincecum (2004-2006), and fourth in wins (23), strikeouts (247) and appearances (76).

The Huskies wasted no time getting on the board against Dalton Carroll (5-9), scoring two runs in the first and one in the second, all with two outs.

In the first Austin Rei roped a double to left and managed to score all the way from second on an infield single up the middle by Alex Schmidt. Schmidt moved to second on a single by Berry and scored on a base hit by Chris Baker to make it 2-0.

Then, in the second inning, Braden Bishop singled and scored on a hit and run double into the gap in left center by Jack Meggs to make it 3-1.

Despite his early inning troubles Carroll kept the Utes in the game, going seven innings. He allowed eight hits while walking one and striking out four.

On Sunday the teams play the season finale, with the Huskies seeking the series sweep.

The game will mark the final home appearances for seven seniors: Berry, Davis, Schmidt, Brandon Choate, Joshua Fredendall, Matt Jackson, and Will Sparks.


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