UW 12, Seattle U 4

Gage Matuszak homered to highlight a four-run second inning and Washington pounded Seattle U pitching for 15 hits in a 12-4 rout of the Redhawks in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark on an overcast Wednesday evening.

With the win the Huskies improved to 17-11 while the Redhawks dropped to 20-11.

Every Husky starter had at least one hit, with Jack Meggs leading the offense with three. Kyle London, M.J. Hubbs and Joey Morgan added two apiece.

In the bottom of the second inning, Duncan Hendrickson led off with a walk against Tyler Oldenberg (1-2) and Matuszak followed with his fourth home run of the season, a two run shot over the right field wall on a 3-2 pitch, to make it 2-0.   Chris Baker then singled and London bunted for a base hit.   Meggs lined a 1-2 pitch from reliever Grant Gunning into the right field corner to score Baker for 3-0 Huskies.  Then Hubbs stepped to the dish and blooped a single into left field to score London for 4-0.

The Redhawks looked like they might turn the game into a high scoring slugfest when they came right back in the top of the third and made it 4-3 courtesy of a bases loaded three run double by Brock Carpenter into right field that eluded the glove of Hubbs.

From that point however the offense belonged to the home team. Washington broke the game open with five runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the fourth for a 9-3 lead.   London doubled down the left field line and scored on a single to left by Meggs, who took second on a throw home.   Meggs then scored on a double by Hubbs on a ball that took a wicked hop off the glove of third baseman Carpenter for 6-3. Josh Cushing walked, and Morgan followed with a single to center to score Hubbs. After a balk put Huskies at second and third, Hendrickson grounded a single to right to plate both runners and make it 9-3.

The Huskies added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-3. Cushing drove in Hubbs with a line double to right center and scored on  fielder's choice groundout by Hendrickson.

Seattle U got a run in the top of the seventh and made it 11-4 when Chase Ridder pulled an 0-1 pitch from Spencer Jones over the wall in left center for his first career homer.    In the bottom of the inning Washington answered on a bases loaded sacrifice fly to center by Hubbs for 12-4.

Ryan Schmitten started on the mound for Washington but got pulled after giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits, in three innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.  Greg Minier (3-0) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one hit relief. He walked none and struck out one.

After a day off on Thursday, Washington resumes Pac-12 play when UCLA comes to Husky Ballpark for a three game series Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. First pitch of the series will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday contests will both begin at 1 p.m.

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