3.03.09 Baseball: UW 5, Oregon 3

In their first encounter on a diamond since Oregon dropped baseball in 1981, the Washington Huskies beat the Ducks 5-3 in their home opener on a rainy Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark.

With the win in a non-conference game, the Huskies improved to 3-5 while the Ducks dropped to 3-4. The Huskies also extended their winning streak over Oregon to seven games in a series that began in 1910.

Washington prevailed despite getting only five hits, two of them doubles by Pierce Rankin, who also scored two runs and drove in two.

The Ducks got on the scoreboard first against Husky starter Adrian Gomez in the top of the second inning. Jett Hart led off with a line single to center field, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a single by Josh Hogan.

The Huskies tied the game at 1 with a run in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Doug Cherry got hit by a pitch from Oregon starter Madison Boer, stole second and scored in a ground single to center by Jake Rife.

Washington then took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Rife led off with a walk against Boer and took second on a sacrifice by David Bentrott. Brendan Gardner Young walked to put runners on at first and second, and both scored when Rankin lined a double into the left field corner. Rankin took third on Boer's third wild pitch of the game, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Kyle Conley.

The Ducks scored a run in the seventh against reliever Forrest Snow to make it 4-2 Huskies. With one out Snow walked Hogan and pinch hitter Mitch Karraker. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a balk by Snow and then Hogan scored on a wild pitch.

Washington responded with a valuable insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to go up 5-2. Rankin got hit by a pitch from reliever Ryan Fleckenstein leading off, raced to third on a single to left by Conley, and scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Julien Pollard.

The Ducks would not go away, however. They made it 5-3 with a run in the top of the eighth against third Husky pitcher Andrew Kittredge. KC Serna and Eddy Rodriguez singled to put Ducks on at first and second. Serna moved to third on a flyout to center by Hart, and scored on a single by pinch hitter Andrew Schmidt. Husky head coach Ken Knutson then brought in left hander Geoff Brown to relieve the right handed Kittredge. He struck out the first batter he faced, Antony Kreitz, swinging for the second out but then hit Karraker with a pitch to load the bases. Brown escaped any more damage when he got Danny Pulfer to ground out to second.

Gomez (1-0) got the win on the mound for the Huskies. He allowed one run on five hits in five innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Brian Pearl pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season. For the Ducks, Boer (0-1) took the loss. He allowed four runs on three hits and five walks in five innings. He struck out three.

The two teams conclude their brief non-conference series at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Left hander Ben Guidos will start on the mound for Washington.


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