Arizona 17, UW 7

Arizona avoided a sweep of a three game Pac-12 series and set a season high for runs scored by an opponent in beating  Washington 17-7 at Husky Ballpark on a drizzly Sunday afternoon.

After the Huskies (10-6, 2-1 Pac-12) won the opener 6-3 and the middle game 8-4, the Wildcats (13-6, 1-2 Pac-12) brought the aluminum to the yard in a big way on Sunday, tallying 19 hits, including eight doubles and two home runs, against five Husky pitchers.   

They wasted no time getting on the board on Sunday, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning.

They knocked starter Spencer Jones (1-2) out after he faced six batters without recording an out. 

The Huskies did manage to cut the 7-0 deficit to 7-5, courtesy of three home runs, including two by Chris Baker and one by M.J. Hubbs.   With his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the firsts that made the score 7-1,  Hubbs extended his streak of reaching base in every game this season to 16.

Then in the bottom of the second, after a one out walk to Joey Morgan, Baker drilled a 2-0 pitch from Kevin Ginkel, over the wall in left center field for his third long ball of the season.   

In the bottom of the fourth, Morgan lined a double to center and Baker added another two run shot, his fourth of the season, into the visitors bullpen in left field. 

Baker added a run scoring single off shortstop Cody Ramer's glove in the bottom of the  eighth to score John Naff and finish the day 3 for 4 with two homers and five runs batted in.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, after they cut the deficit to 7-5, Arizona put the game out of reach with seven unanswered runs, including five with none out in the top of the seventh. 

Jared Oliva, who finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored and five RBI, capped the inning with a three run homer, his first of the season, into the left field bullpen.

Cesar Salazar went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Ryan Aguilar added another three hits with a run scored and two RBI.

On the mound, Bobby Dalbec (4-1) got the win, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, in six innings.  Dalbec also added a two run homer, his fourth, over the all in right center in the top of the ninth.

The Huskies return to the diamond when they host Oregon in another three game Pac-12 series from Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26.

Dawgman.com Top Stories