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UW 3, St. Mary's 1

Troy Rallings pitched out of a one out bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning and Washington went on to beat St. Mary's 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Husky Ballpark on an overcast Saturday afternoon.

With a 6-1 win in the nightcap the Huskies (21-14) swept the doubleheader and assured themselves no worse than a split in the important four game non-conference series against the Gaels (22-14), pending the outcome of Sunday's series finale.

The Huskies led 3-0 in the top of the seventh inning when Nate Nolan led off for St. Mary's with a single against starter Joe DeMers. Austin Lonestar walked, prompting the home team to bring in Spencer Jones from the bullpen. He walked pinch hitter Brett Rasso to load the bases. Zach Kirtley struck out swinging for one out, but Joey Fiske walked on four pitches to force home Nolan and make it 3-1.

Another call went to the bullpen for Rallings. He struck out Anthony Villa looking on three pitches and then got Anthony Gonsolin to pop out to shortstop Chris Baker to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth Rallings allowed a pair of two out singles,brining Gonsolin to the plate representing the go ahead run. He grounded to Nyles Nygaard for an unassisted putout at third base to notch his tenth save of the season and ninth of more than one inning.

Baker put Washington ahead 2-0 with a two run homer against Johnny York in the bottom of the second. Joey Morgan led off with a double to left and moved to third on a groundout by Duncan Hendrickson. Baker then pulled the first pitch he saw into the visitors bullpen in left for his team leading sixth homer of the season. 

The Huskies made it 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Levi Jordan singled, raced to third on a single by Nygaard, and scored on a double play grounder by Alex Galgano. 

DeMers (3-2) earned the win on the mound for the Huskies, going six plus innings, allowing one run on six hits while walking two and striking out one. 

Rallings finished with two and two thirds innings, yielding three hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out two. 

For the Gaels, York (4-4) allowed three runs on six hits in seven and a third innings. He walked two and struck out two.         

The two teams conclude the series on Sunday at 12 p.m, a change from the originally scheduled 1 pm start.


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