Washington 5, Seattle 2

SEATTLE - Ben Guidos pitched seven strong innings and got all the run support he needed from his teammates in a three run second inning as the Huskies beat the Seattle University Redhawks 5-2 in their final non-conference game of the season at Husky Ballpark on a cool Wednesday night.

With their fifth straight win the Huskies improved to 25-19 while the Redhawks, in their first year of baseball since 1986, dropped to 7-31. The Huskies also swept the three games they played against Seattle this season, first winning 5-2 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue on March 23 and then prevailing 6-5 at Husky Ballpark on March 30.

Guidos (2-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. The game did not begin so well for him though as he walked Doug Buser on five pitches to lead off the game and then Bryndon Ecklund singled. He retired Cullen Hendrickson on a fly out to center and struck out Josh Kalalau swinging, but Nate Roberts singled to score Buser and give the Redhawks a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies went down in order in the bottom of the first against Brandon Kizer (1-3), but came back with three runs in the bottom of the second. Pierce Rankin and Chase Anselment had back to back singles to put runners at first and second. Caleb Brown struck out swinging, bringing Troy Scott to the plate. On a 1-1 pitch to Scott, the Huskies executed a double steal, with the lead runner Rankin swiping third and Anselment second. Catcher Josh Kutz made an attempt to throw out Rankin but instead threw the ball well over the head of third baseman Roberts, allowing Rankin to score for a 1-1 tie and Anselment to take third. Scott then lined the next pitch from Kizer into left for a run scoring double to put the Huskies on top 2-1. With two outs, a single by David Bentrott drove in Scott to make it 3-1.

Seattle made it 3-2 with a run in the top of the fifth with two outs. Buser doubled into the gap in right center and scored on a base hit by Ecklund.

The Huskies got the run back for 4-2 in the bottom of the frame when, with two outs, Rankin lined the first pitch from Arlo Evasick over the wall in left for his team leading eighth home run and 32nd run batted in. In the bottom of the seventh, the Huskies scored their final run when Bradley Boyer led off with a walk and scored on a two out opposite field single to left center by Anselment.

Forrest Snow pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Guidos and then Husky ace Andrew Kittredge made his fourth relief appearance in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single to Roberts but came back to strike out Sean Narby looking, got Riley Tompkins to ground out to second, and struck out Kutz swinging to nail down his third save of the season.

For the Redhawks, Kizer lasted only two and a thirds innings to suffer the loss. He allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Offensively, Rankin led the way for the Huskies, going 2 for 2 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI while Anselment went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

After an off day on Thursday, the Huskies return to Pac-10 action when they host the 12th ranked UCLA Bruins at Husky Ballpark in a crucial three game series. Geoff Brown will start on the mound for the Huskies in Friday's opener, scheduled for 6 p.m., while Kittredge will start in Game 2, slated for 2 p.m. first pitch, on Saturday.

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