SEATTLE – Washington took advantage of an impressive start from right-hander Aaron West and pounced on three Oregon errors as the Dawgs opened Pac-12 play with an 8-3 victory over the No. 17 Ducks at Husky Ballpark on Friday night.
West (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work while striking out three. At one point, West retired 13 consecutive Oregon batters from the last out in the top of the second until Kyle Garlick chased him with a solo home run on the first pitch delivered to lead off the seventh.
Oregon (12-4) starter Alex Keudell (1-3) retired the first nine batters he faced, but four consecutive Washington hits, including a lead-off double, tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Then with runners on the corners and no outs, Michael Camporeale hit into a double play, but Branden Berry was able to score the go-ahead run as the Huskies took a 3-2 advantage and never looked back.
Washington (11-6) added two runs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a hit batter, single, wild pitch and error as Berry scored on a Camporeale groundout, and Chase Anselment scored from third on an Oregon fielding error.
Washington added three runs in the bottom of the seventh, with two coming courtesy of a Ryan Wiggins pinch-hit, two-run homer off Oregon freshman left-hander Tommy Thorpe. David Wylie also appeared in relief for Oregon.
Keudell took the loss allowing seven runs – four earned – on eight hits in six and 2/3 innings of action while striking out three.
Washington totaled 11 hits compared to Oregon’s seven, led by Anselment and B.K. Santy, who had two hits apiece. Garlick and Brett Hambright led the Ducks with two hits each. Only one Washington starter did not record a hit in the game.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the top off of the first as J.J. Altobelli led off the game with a single. He moved around the bases on a balk from West and an Aaron Payne groundout before scoring as Aaron Jones drove a one-out single through the right side.
Oregon added a second solo run in the top of the second as Garlick, the inning’s lead-off batter, singled. He scored as Hambright drove a two-out single into center.
Taking weather forecasts into consideration, Oregon and Washington will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 12 pm in an effort to get all three games played prior to Monday as Oregon begins final exams week and Washington is scheduled to travel to Texas for games Tuesday and Wednesday.
Notes: Kyle Garlick’s home run to lead off the seventh was the first surrendered by Washington starter Aaron West in 2012…with his single in the first, Aaron Jones has reached base in 15 straight games...Oregon’s five-run loss is its largest margin of defeat in 2012 and the most runs the UO pitching staff has allowed in a single game.