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UW 2, Gonzaga 0

Sophomore Channing Nesbitt and two relievers combined on a five hitter as Washington shut out Gonzaga 2-0 at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Tuesday evening.

With the win the Huskies (13-8) split the brief two game non-conference series with the Bulldogs (13-10) and finished a program record 14-game homestand 9-5.  The Huskies won or tied every series during the stand, winning 2 of 3 games against Santa Clara, Pacific, Arizona and Oregon, respectively.         

Nesbitt (1-0) went five plus innings in his first career start, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out one. He also hit one batter.

His biggest jam came in the top of the third when Gonzaga had runners at first and third and none out courtesy of a leadoff double by Branson Trube and a single by Jeffrey Bohling.  Husky third baseman Chris Baker got one big out when he fielded a grounder by Dustin Breshears and nailed pinch runner Jace Vandebrake attempting to score.  The next batter, Taylor Jones, then grounded into a double play, one of four turned by the Huskies in the game, to end the inning.

Lance Berringer and Troy Rallings each pitched two innings in relief for Washington, with Rallings recording his sixth save of the season.

Gonzaga starter Eli Thornquist (0-1) blanked the home team on no hits for three and a third innings before Josh Cushing, got both the first hit and run for the Huskies with one out in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a 3-1 pitch off the foul pole in right field for his team-leading fifth home run of the season.  Thornquist would finish his night with four plus innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked two and hit a batter while striking out three.

Washington added a valuable insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Joey Morgan led off with a double to right field, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Kyle London, and scored on a line single to center by AJ Graffanino.

Morgan led the Husky offense, going 2 for 2 with a run scored. He also walked to reach base in all three plate appearances.

After a two days off Washington returns to Pac-12 play with a three game road series against Oregon State in Corvallis from Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3. They also play another conference series at Arizona State from April 8 to 10 before returning home to play Seattle U on April 12.


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