UW 1, Utah 0

Austin Rei broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the eighth inning and four pitchers combined on a two hitter to give Washington a 1-0 win over Utah in the regular season finale at Husky Ballpark on a partly cloudy Sunday afternoon.

1,130 fans watched the Huskies (29-25, 14-16 Pac-12) end the season with a sweep in the three game Pac-12 series while Utah (16-36-1, 7-22-1) lost its seventh straight and finished the season with a 10 game winless streak (0-9-1).

Seven Husky seniors got to see their careers end on a winning note: Branden Berry, Brandon Choate, Tyler Davis, Josh Fredendall, Matt Jackson, Alex Schmidt, and Will Sparks.

Fredendall started the finale on the mound and went the first five innings, allowing just one hit, a single by Kody Davis to lead off the game. He walked three and struck out five.

Choate relieved in the sixth, and in so doing, set a new Husky single season record for most appearances with 34, breaking the former mark of 33 set by Zach Wright in 2013. He pitched a perfect inning, getting Wade Gulden to ground out to first, Kody Davis to ground out to third, and striking out Cody Scaggari swinging.

Schmidt, the starting third baseman, made perhaps the defensive play of the game with runners on at first and second and two outs in the top of the eighth. Scaggari pulled the first pitch from Ryan Schmitten down the third base line and seemingly headed into left field for extra bases, scoring at least one and possibly two runs, but Schmidt backhanded the ball and tagged third base to force Gulden for the final out of the inning.

With the score still 0-0 and one out in the bottom of the eighth, Rei stepped to the plate and drove a 2-2 breaking ball from Brock Duke (2-6) into the trees next to the video board beyond the left field wall for his seventh homer of the season and the only run of the game.

The long ball made a winner of Schmitten (2-1), who went two innings, allowing one hit and two walks, one intentional. He struck out three.

Spencer Jones took over in the ninth and set down all thee Utes he faced to earn his third save.

Jayson Rose started on the hill for Utah and kept the home team off the board for six and two thirds innings. He allowed only four hits while walking one and striking out eight.

Two of the four hits came from Jackson, an infield single in the fourth inning and a ground single to left in the seventh. The other hits came on a bloop single by Chris Baker in the second and a line single by Niles Nygaard in the seventh.

In fact, the hit by Nygaard, coupled with Jackson's hit, gave the Huskies two runners on base with two outs in the seventh and prompted the Utes to bring Duke in from the bullpen.

He got Braden Bishop to ground into a fielder's choice on one pitch to end the inning.

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