With the win the Huskies evened their Pac-10 record at 5-5 and improved to 25-14 overall while the Bruins dropped to 4-6 and 20-17.
Merry started and went the first eight
innings to improve to a perfect 6-0, allowing only
two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking
out nine. The nine strikeouts tied a career high set
against Utah Valley State on March 22.
Huskies' top starter who came into the game leading
the Pac-10 with 73 strikeouts, emphatically slammed
the door on the Bruins for his first save since 2006,
striking out the side in the ninth. For UCLA, Tim Murphy started and suffered the tough luck loss to
drop to 3-5. He gave up three runs on five hits and
three walks. He struck out seven.
The Bruins got on the board right away
with a run in the top of the first. Alden Carrithers
lined a double into left center, moved to third on a
sacrifice, and scored on a wild pitch by Merry.
The Huskies went ahead 2-1 in the bottom
of the second with two outs. Sean Meehan walked and
Troy Scott drove a 2-2 pitch into the trees beyond the
right field wall for his fifth home run of the season.
The Bruins tied the game at 2 in the top
of the third. Carrithers drew a leadoff walk, moved to
third on a double by Jermaine Curtis, and scored on a
groundout by Brandon Crawford.
The Huskies made it 3-2 in the bottom of
the third when Kyle Conley hit his 10th home run of
the season, a lazy fly ball that just kept carrying
until it landed beyond the right field wall.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Huskies
got two big insurance runs. Conley and Aaron Russell
walked. Both moved up a base on a balk by reliever
Brendan Lafferty, and Conley scored on a wild pitch.
Jake Rife came into pinch hit for Meehan and lined a
3-2 pitch from third Bruin pitcher J.D. Haver into
right field to score Russell.
The Bruins and Huskies both flashed the
leather defensively. In the bottom of the second, Gabe
Cohen made a terrific catch against the right field
fence on a foul ball by Doug Cherry. Then in the
bottom of the third, second baseman Carrithers made a
great diving catch on a soft line drive by Ty
Rasmussen that looked like it would get into center
field for a base hit.
Washington's gem came courtesy
of catcher Joey Dunn's arm. In the top of the sixth
the Bruins had runners at first and second with no one
out and Brady Dolan at the plate when Dunn took a one
strike pitch from Merry and fired a perfect throw to
shortstop Cherry to pick Casey Haerther off second.
What could have been a big inning for the Bruins then
ended quickly as Merry proceeded to strike out both
Dolan and Cohen swinging.
The teams return to Husky Ballpark for
the middle game of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday
afternoon. Cam Nobles will take the mound for the
Huskies against Charles Brewer.
UW 5, UCLA 2
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