This week in baseball: UW riding seven game win streak

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The Washington baseball team extended its winning streak to seven after four victories at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Washington baseball team participated in the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif, winning four games to increase its win streak to seven, and improving its record to 10-4-1 on the season.

Weekend Recap

Game 1: Washington 6, Santa Clara 4- The Huskies had 11 hits and starter Jared Fisher struck out five in six innings as the Huskies opened the tournament with a win against host Santa Clara. Senior Brian Wolfe, junior Alex Schmidt, and sophomore Braden Bishop all had 2 hits for the Huskies. Thursdays victory was the UW's slimmest margin of victory for the tournament.

Game 2: Washington 7, San Jose State 0- Junior Robert Pehl became just the second Husky in the last 19 years  to hit for the cycle in the UW's blowout win over the Spartans. Pehl finished the night 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and the Huskies pounded out a season-high 16 hits. Junior Tyler Davis pitched five innings of shutout ball to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Game 3: Washington 4, Pacific 1- Three Husky relievers pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as the UW earned its third victory of the weekend. Junior Alex Schmidt belted his third home run of the season, and solo shot that tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning. Senior Brian Wolfe's two run single in the eighth inning gave the Huskies some extra insurance. Freshman Henry Baker earned the win, pitching one and 1/3 innings in relief.

Game 4: Washington 9, Santa Clara 1 In a rematch of Thursday's opener, the Huskies finished the tournament with a blowout victory over Santa Clara. Sophomore Braden Bishop led the UW at the plate, finishing 3 for 6 with three runs scored. Junior Jeff Brigham improved to 3-0 on the season after pitching five scoreless innings. Junior Andrew Ely finished 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs.

Top Performers

Sophomore Braden Bishop put together one of the best weekends at the plate for the Huskies. He finished 10 for 17, scored six times, and stole three bases. Bishop joins Andrew Ely, Robert Pehl, and Trevor Mitsui as the only regular starters to be hitting over .300.

Juniors Tyler Davis and Jeff Brigham are a combined 6-1 for the Huskies through 15 games in 2014. Both starters hold ERAs under 2.00 and have combined to give up just seven  runs on the season.

Coming Up

The Huskies open up Pac-12 play as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face the Arizona State Sundevils in a three-game series beginning Friday. The Sundevils currently stand at 8-6 on the season. In 2013, Arizona State finished fourth in the Pac-12 with an overall record of 37-22-1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll


Rank Team Record Points Prev
1 South Carolina Gamecocks (17) 15-0 733 1
2 Florida St. Seminoles (7) 12-2 713 2
3 Vanderbilt Commodores (2) 15-2 696 4
4 Oregon St. Beavers 14-3 670 6
5 Virginia Cavaliers 11-3 656 3
6 LSU Tigers 14-2 635 7
7 N.C. State Wolfpack 13-2 607 8
8 Cal State Fullerton Titans 8-5 518 5
9 Oregon Ducks 11-4 513 9
10 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 13-2 423 13t
11 Louisville Cardinals 10-4 381 13t
12 Mississippi Rebels 14-2 372 15
13 North Carolina Tar Heels 10-4 335 17
14 Cal Poly Mustangs 11-3 332 16
15 Texas Longhorns 13-4 303 18
16 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 11-4 228 12
17 Tennessee Volunteers 14-1 197 21
18 Clemson Tigers 9-5 178 20
19t Mississippi St. Bulldogs 12-7 177 10
19t Rice Owls 10-6 177 19
21 Kentucky Wildcats 13-3 171 22
22 UCLA Bruins 18-7 166 11
23 Texas Tech Red Raiders 14-3 141 NR
24 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 10-5 139 23
25 San Diego Toreros 10-4 94 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Sam Houston St. 89, Florida International 55, Houston 53, Memphis 52, Indiana 31, Texas A&M 31, Fresno St. 27, UC-Santa Barbara 24, Georgia Southern 23, Kansas 23, Virginia Commonwealth 20, Indiana St. 17, California 15, Pepperdine 10, TCU 10, Arizona St. 8, Arkansas 6, Florida 6, UAB 5, Charleston 4, Washington 3, Baylor 2, Maryland 2, Seton Hall 2, Alabama St. 1, UC-Irvine 1




Baseball America Top 25 Poll


Rank Team Record Prev
1 South Carolina Gamecocks 15-0 3
2 Florida St. Seminoles 12-2 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 11-3 1
4 Oregon St. Beavers 14-3 5
5 N.C. State Wolfpack 13-2 6
6 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 13-2 7
7 Vanderbilt Commodores 15-2 8
8 LSU Tigers 14-2 9
9 Cal State Fullerton Titans 8-5 4
10 Texas Longhorns 13-4 10
11 Cal Poly Mustangs 11-3 11
12 Oregon Ducks 11-4 14
13 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 10-5 16
14 Clemson Tigers 9-5 15
15 Rice Owls 10-6 18
16 Indiana Hoosiers 7-6 17
17 Louisville Cardinals 10-4 19
18 Sam Houston St. Bearkats 13-3 20
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 10-4 21
20 Kentucky Wildcats 13-3 23
21 Mississippi Rebels 14-2 25
22 Tennessee Volunteers 14-1 NR
23 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 10-2 NR
24 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 12-7 12
25 UCLA Bruins 18-7 13

How will the Diamond Dawgs fair in their first Pac-12 match up? Leave your thougts in the comments section below.

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