The Washington Huskies ended their 10-day, eight-game run in Southern California with a four-game drop to the UC San Diego Tritons. UCSD had won four of its first five games this season, including a 6-2 midweek win over USC on Feb. 22. The Tritons provided a tough test early in the season and the Huskies performed admirably, winning two of four road games.
Friday night’s series opener started off lousy and never got particularly close. A starting triple from Triton Shortstop Michael Fuhrman opened the door to a three-run first inning against a veteran starter Adam Bloebaum. UCSD managed to score six rungs through the first five innings before adding another insurance run in the seventh. Washington scattered eight hits throughout the night but never managed to do any significant damage. The highlight of the evening was will simpson‘s shot solo into left field, his third shot of the season. Michael Snyder hit in the only other inning in the Huskies’ 7-2 loss.
After Friday’s loss, Lindsay MeggsThe team struck first in Saturday’s doubleheader. The power of putting the ball in play was on full display in this game. In 47 plate appearances, the Husky batters have batted only six times. While they managed to score a respectable nine hits, the Tritons made five errors on the field, allowing the Huskies to add plenty of timely runs. For example, McKay Barney entered the box for the Dawgs in a 3-3 fifth-inning tie with the bases loaded and two outs. Barney hit a grounder at second base that ended up giving up two runs through a pitching error, giving the Huskies a 5-3 lead.
Earlier in Saturday’s opener, the freshman shortstop threw a two-run bomb into right field, recording his first college home run. Senior infielder Josh Urps also recorded his first RBI as a Husky to give the Huskies an early lead into the second inning.
After three three-run innings from Washington’s starter, Calvin Kirchoff, Elliot CribbyThe bullpen once again proved to be an asset. Jack Enger, Stefan Raethand Colton McIntosh combined for six scoreless innings to help the Huskies secure a 6-3 lead. McIntosh earned a six-out save. All six strikeouts were strikeouts.
In Game 2 on Saturday, the Huskies looked to be in control early. The Diamond Dawgs drew first blood in the third inning, as a Cam Clayton pinned to the ground McKay Barney, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Washington Jared Engman had allowed just batting through four innings of scoreless work. Unfortunately, the floodgates opened on the fifth. The Tritons got six runs on six hits and an error late in the fifth, giving the host team a 6-1 lead. The Huskies only managed to muster one more run in the eighth inning, losing 6-2 heading into the final game of their road trip.
Needing a win to save a split in the series and return to Montlake with a winning record, the Dawgs came out firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon. The Husky Hitters racked up 12 hits over the first five innings of the game, building a quick and insurmountable 7-0 lead. Washington used five pitchers to piece together nine scoreless innings of work, none of which saw more than two innings of work. business case made his Husky debut as a starter, allowing one hit and two walks in two damage-free innings. Bryce Armstrong, Stefan Raeth, Stu Flesland IIIand Ryan Velasquez also made Sunday appearances for the Huskies.
All in all, it was a successful road trip for the Huskies, who managed to win their first series of the year, dominate their midweek opener and end the long road trip with a impressive streak spread against a tough UCSD team. The Huskies were scheduled to face Gonzaga on Tuesday, March 1. Unfortunately, the bad weather in the pass led to the cancellation of this match. Next, the Huskies host Yale in a four-game series this weekend.