This week in baseball: UW stands atop Pac-12 standings

Kevork Djansezian

After sweeping USC and taking two out of three games from the Oregon Ducks, the Diamond Dawgs sit in first place of the Pac-12 standings.

The Seattle Mariners aren't the only team playing good baseball in Seattle.

The Washington baseball team has now won five series in a row and after taking two out of three against the Oregon Ducks last weekend, the Huskies (22-6-1, 10-2 Pac-12) stand alone at the top of the Pac-12 standings. The Huskies moved up to No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball poll after taking five out of six games against USC and Oregon. Lets take a look at the action from the last two weeks.

Game Recaps

Washington 8, USC 2 - Junior Jared Fisher allowed just one run over 8 2/3 innings, striking out five to lead Washington to the win in the opening game of the series. Five Huskies finished with multiple hits on the day, including junior Trevor Mitsui, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Washington 19, USC 4 - Senior Brian Wolfe batted 4-for-6 with two home runs and eight RBI to lead Washington to a blowout victory in the second game of the series. The Huskies pounded out 25 total hits and scored at least one run in every inning. Junior Tyler Davis earned his fifth win of the season on the mound, allowing just one run over six innings.

Washington 8, USC 3 (14 innings) - The Huskies scored five times in the top of the 14th inning to earn the sweep of the Trojans. With the score tied 3-3 in the seventh inning, a ball of the bat of Omar Cotto looked like it would give the Trojans the lead until sophomore Braden Bishop's jumping catch at the wall kept the scored tied and killed all hopes for the Trojans.

Check out Bishop's catch, which was No. 1 on Sportscenter. Oh that's just filthy!


Oregon 10, Washington 3 - The Huskies had their 10 game winning streak snapped in the opening game of the series against Oregon.  The Ducks scored five times in the first six innings with help from five walks by UW starter Jared Fisher.  Junior Erik Forgione went 3-for-3 to lead the Huskies.

Washington 1, Oregon 0 - Tyler Davis stuck out a career-high 10 batters and needed just 89 pitches to shut down the Ducks for 7 2/3 innings and lead the Huskies to  the win that evened out the series at one apiece. Junior Robert Pehl gave the Huskies the only run of the game with his RBI double in the third inning.

Washington 5, Oregon 4 (10 innings) - A walk-off, bases-clearing double by junior Andrew Ely gave the Huskies the series win in Sunday's thriller. After Braden Bishop grounded out with the bases loaded for the first out of the inning, Ely's double scored two easily and pinch-runner Chris Baker scored all the way from first, sliding into home plate head-first to give the Huskies the victory. The Huskies bounced back after reliever Troy Rallings gave up two runs in the top of the 10th inning.

Here is a fans view of the last batter. (I was just a few sections over from where this was shot)


Top Performers

Tyler Davis earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after his dominating performance against the Ducks in the UW's 1-0 win. His 1.16 ERA ranks second best in the Pac-12 and he has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last six starts. Davis is 6-1 on the season. 

Brian Wolfe earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second week in a row after the Huskies swept USC. The Huskies have now had a player earn player or pitcher of the week four weeks in a row. Wolfe and Andrew Ely lead the team in hitting, batting .370 and .373 respectively.

Coming Up

The Huskies will stay at home for a three game series against Stanford beginning Friday at 5 p.m. On Monday the Huskies will face Northern Colorado at 5 p.m.

Who will be at Husky Ballpark for the action this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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