Washington baseball beats Pepperdine, 6-2, thanks to four-run eighth inning
A four-run ninth inning and four innings of no-hit relief from Tyler Davis led the Washington baseball team to a 6-2 comeback win over Pepperdine...
MALIBU, Calif. — A four-run ninth inning and four innings of no-hit relief from Tyler Davis led the Washington baseball team to a 6-2 comeback win over Pepperdine in the first game of a three-game series Friday.
Davis (1-4) struck out six and walked two in his four innings of relief to earn the win. Tyler Kane pitched the ninth inning, fanning two, to close out the game. Pepperdine starter Scott Frazier went seven innings but didn't figure in the decision, limiting the Huskies to one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four.
The Huskies (8-19) scored a run in the eighth to tie the score at 2-2 and then burst through for four runs in the ninth. The Waves (16-12) took the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the first inning. With Austin Davidson on base after a single and Bryan Langlois on at first thanks to a walk, catcher Kolten Yamaguchi lined a double down the right-field line, driving in both to give Pepperdine the early lead.
The Huskies, limited to three singles through the first five innings, broke through in the sixth. After Jayce Ray walked and Joe Meggs singled to put runners at the corners with no outs, Robert Pehl bounced into a force at second, allowing Ray to score the UW's first run.
In the eighth, with Eric Karch on in relief of the Pepperdine starter, Frazier, the Huskies drew even. Ray reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a Meggs ground out. After taking third on a passed ball, Ray scored on a wild pitch, knotting the score at 2-2.
The following inning, the Huskies had two aboard for sophomore Erik Forgione, who had come on as a defensive replacement in the seventh. Forgione came through with a single to left, driving in pinch runner Parker Guinn to give the UW its first lead. Ty Afenir followed with a double, bringing home another, and Ray's sacrifice fly plated the Huskies' fifth run. Afenir scored on a throwing error for UW's sixth run.
Utah scored four times in the eighth inning to cap a comeback and defeat Washington State, 7-4, in Salt Lake City. The Utes (13-13, 3-7 Pac-12) trailed 4-3 entering the frame before rallying against Washington State (16-12, 3-4 Pac-12) reliever Kellen Camus (3-1).
• UT-San Antonio pulled away for an 8-1 victory over Seattle U (10-19, 2-5 Western Athletic Conference) in Bellevue.
Seattle U (14-21, 3-4 WAC) defeated San Jose State (27-12, 5-2 WAC), 2-1, at home in game one of a weekend series.
• Western Washington (17-16) beat Academy of Art, 5-1, before falling 5-0 to Cal State Monterey Bay during the first day of the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif.
• At the same tournament, Central Washington beat Cal State San Bernardino, 7-5, and topped Chico State, 6-2, but fell to No. 9 Humboldt State, 2-1, in eight innings.
Seattle U's Will Holdridge and David Torres each shot an even-par 71 in the first round of the ASU Thunderbird Invite in Tempe, Ariz., and are tied for 16th.
No. 30 Washington (14-6, 2-1 Pac-12) lost its final two matches and fell to No. 47 Stanford, 4-3, at home.
• Seattle U fell, 5-1, at Denver in the second conference duel for the Redhawks (1-17, 0-2 WAC).
• Gonzaga lost, 7-1, against 10th-ranked Pepperdine at home.
No. 45 Washington lost at No. 63 Utah, 5-2. The Huskies fell to 10-9 for the season, 2-6 in conference play.
• No. 70 Washington State defeated No. 75 Colorado, 6-1, on the road.
• Gonzaga lost at Pepperdine, 7-0.
Washington announced the addition of Keegan Cook as assistant coach.
Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Shea Theodore was one of 21 players invited to attend Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team training camp for the U-18 World Championships, which run April 16-28.
From team reports.