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UW 4, Stanford 0

Senior Ryan Schmitten made his final home appearance memorable, recording his first career save to cap a combined two-hitter by four pitchers, as Washington shut out Stanford 4-0 in the regular season home finale at Husky Ballpark on a partly sunny Sunday afternoon.

1,154 fans saw the Huskies (31-19, 16-11 Pac-12) win the conference series against the Cardinal (28-23, 12-15) two games to one and improve to 8-0 in third games of series that were tied.

More significantly, the win kept them in contention for the Pac-12 title. With first place Utah (16-10 Pac-12) losing 9-2 at California on Sunday, the Huskies trail by one half game and will go into the decisive final series against the Utes in Salt Lake City from May 27-29 at worst one game behind.

Greg Minier and seniors Spencer Jones and Alex Nesbitt threw no-hit ball at Stanford for six and a third innings before Quinn Brodey grounded a clean single to left with one out in the top of the seventh. 

Schmitten then relieved Nesbitt and pitched the final two and two third innings, He gave up only a two out walk to Jack Klein in the eighth and a two out single to Brodey, his second of the game, with two outs in the ninth. He struck out one and retired Alex Dunlap on a fly ball to center to give Lindsay Meggs his 200th win as Husky head coach.

Minier started on the mound and went two perfect innings, throwing first pitch strikes to all six batters he faced. 

Jones (5-2) then pitched the next two innings and allowed only one base runner on a hit batsman in the third.

Nesbitt retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth and started the seventh, finishing with two and one-third innings. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three. Arguably the biggest moment for him came in the fifth when he fell behind Mikey Diekroeger in the count 3-0 but came back to strike him out looking with called strike one, called strike two, foul, and called strike three.

Offensively the Huskies got all the offense they would need in the bottom of the first, taking a 2-0 lead.

Kyle London led off with a walk against Kris Bubic (0-3) and took second on a sacrifice by Jack Meggs. Chris Baker, who tormented Cardinal pitching in the series with 8 hits in 13 at-bats and also walked twice, then doubled off Klein's glove in left center to score London. Baker advanced to third on an error by Klein and scored on a groundout by senior Duncan Hendrickson, who went 1 for 3 with an RBI in his final home game.

Washington made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third when A.J. Graffanino walked, got sacrificed to second by London, and scored on a single to right by Jack Meggs.

The final run came in the bottom of the seventh thanks to the wildness of reliever Andrew Summerville. He walked three batters in the inning, the last M.J. Hubbs with the bases loaded, to force home Meggs.

Before the climactic series against Utah Washington will first play one last non-conference game against cross-state rival Washington State at Yakima County Stadium on Tuesday, May 24. Top Stories