Huskies’ baseball winning streak ends as Pac-12 play starts
Arizona State beats Washington 4-1
TEMPE, Ariz. – Opening play in the Pac-12 Conference ended a seven-game winning steak for the Washington baseball team as Arizona State posted a 4-1 victory Friday night.
For Washington (10-5-1), starting pitcher Jared Fisher was fairly strong for eight innings, but couldn’t keep the Sun Devils (9-6) down.
Fisher (1-2) allowed nine hits, four earned runs and struck out five batters, but couldn’t keep up with Arizona State starter Brett Lilek, who gave up just four hits and a lone earned run while striking out six.
Washington’s offense would threaten several times, but no opportunity was better than the second inning.
The Huskies loaded the bases with one out, but Lilek squirmed out of the jam by getting Robert Pehl to hit into an inning-ending double play.
• Washington State (4-9, 0-1 Pac-12) didn’t score until it was 12 runs down in losing 12-1 to host Arizona (11-9, 1-0). James Farris (4-1) went the distance for the Wildcats, striking out nine. The Cougars scored with two outs in the ninth on a pinch-hit single by freshman Cameron Frost, his first career hit, and an run-scoring double by Ian Sagdal.
• Gonzaga (5-12, 1-0) won its West Coast Conference opener, with a 6-5 victory over host San Francisco (8-7, 0-1). Starter Taylor Jones (2-2) worked 72 / 3 innings and retired nine consecutive batters in the fifth through seventh innings.
• James Fahy is tied for eighth and the Gonzaga men are ninth after 36 holes of the Border Olympics at Laredo (Texas) Country Club. Fahy had a 73-72—145.
• Sophomore Marissa Borja fired a 1-over 145 to claim the individual title as the Eastern Washington women finished in sixth place at the Southern Utah Invitational.
• Seattle University (10-16) dropped a 2-1 decision to Weber State (12-9) in the opening day of the University of San Diego Tournament. Alyssa Reuble took the defeat, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out one in six innings.
• Northwest split a home doubleheader with Eastern Oregon, losing 6-4 in the opener and winning 8-7 in the second game. Mallory Tacdol had four hits for Northwest in the two games.
• Washington senior Aliza Vaccher posted a career-high all-around score of a 39.425 as the Huskies lost to Oregon State but beat Seattle Pacific in a three-way meet in Seattle. OSU won with a 196.250, while UW had a 195.375 and SPU a 193.125.
• Jesse Jorgensen, a redshirt junior from Washington State, qualified for the men’s 800 meters final at the NCAA Division I Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Jorgensen, from Puyallup, ran a 1:50.79 for fifth place in the first heat of the semifinals.
• For Washington, Diamara Planell Cruz finished ninth in the women’s pole vault with a career-best effort of 13 feet, 11¼ inches. The Huskies men’s distance medley relay team finished eighth.
• Western Washington’s Tanya Bjornsson placed ninth in the women’s long jump with an effort of 18-7 at the NCAA Division II Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. Seattle Pacific’s McKayla Fricker won her preliminary heat in the 800 meters in 2:10.0 and she is the second seed in the finals Saturday.
From sports-information reports.