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UW 3, St. Mary's 0

Greg Minier combined with two relievers on a six hitter as Washington shut out St. Mary's 3-0 in the finale of a four game non-conference series at Husky Ballprk n a rainy Sunday afternoon.

An announced crowd of 554 fans braved the elements to see the Huskies (22-14) win the important series three games to one over the Gaels (22-15), who came into the weekend ranked 38 in RPI. 

Washington also improved its record against the RPI Top 50 to 5-4.

Minier (4-0) made his fourth start of the season and gave the Huskies five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking one while striking out one. The worst jam he faced came in the top of the fourth when the Gaels had runners on first and third with two outs on a double by Anthony Villa and an infield single by Nate Nolan. Brett Rasso grounded out to third to end the threat.

In the top of the sixth the Gaels threatened again when Zach Kirtley led off with a single and Joey Fiske walked. 

Alex Nesbitt relieved Minier and promptly allowed a single to center by Villa. Kirtley attempted to score from second but Jack Meggs fired a strike home to Joey Morgan, who blocked the plate and tagged the runner for a big first out. Anthony Gonsolin then lofted a fly ball to shallow right that looked like it would drop for a hit but M.J. Hubbs made a nice sliding catch for the second out. Nolan then grounded out to second for a routine end to the inning.

After that, closer Troy Rallings slammed the door on the visitors for the final two innings. He allowed only a harmless two out single to Fiske in the eighth while striking out three, including the last two batters in the ninth, to earn his tenth multi-inning save of the season and 11th overall.

Drew Strotman (3-4) started and went five and a third innings for the Gaels, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out three. 

The home team scored two runs for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Chris Baker led off with an infield single and Hubbs walked. Morgan advanced the runners with a sacrifice and John Naff followed with an opposite field double into the gap in left center to plate Baker. Hubbs could only advance to third but scored on a bases loaded groundout by Levi Jordan to make it 2-0.

The Huskies added an unearned run for 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. 

K.J. Brady singled sharply to right and took second on a sacrifice by Meggs. For some reason, third baseman Villa attempted to force Brady at second but instead threw the ball into the outfield for an error, putting runners at second and third. Brady then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Baker.

After an off day on Monday, the Huskies host Seattle U for a single non-conference game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. They then resume Pac-12 play with a three game series at California April 29-May 1.


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