The 4-3 win handed UW a 2-1 series victory and improved it to 30-16 overall and to 8-7 in the Pac-10.
Trailing by one after seven and half innings, UW catcher Joey Dunn led off the bottom eighth by drawing a full count walk from reliever Daniel Schlereth. After pinch hitter Bradley Boyer followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that found its way into a completely vacated part in the right side of the infield for a base hit to place runners on first and second, center fielder Brett Kaluza drove in pinch runner Nick Burnham from second with a single to center to tie the game at 3-3.
A throwing error by T.J. Steele on the Kaluza single allowed the runners to advance to second and third, and pave the way for Matt Hague’s go-ahead sacrifice fly and a 4-3 edge two batters latter.
The Wildcats, who took advantage of a two-out Washington error on a pop fly to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth, had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the ninth when Steele doubled to right-center with two outs and advanced to third on a Tim Lincecum wild pitch. However the Huskies’ ace struck out Jon Gaston to end the threat and the game.
Schlereth (2-1) was charged with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in two innings of work. UW reliever Richie Lentz (1-0) picked up his first victory of the year and Lincecum earned his third save of the season after working out of the jam in the ninth.
The two schools opened the scoring with a pair of unconventional runs each to draw to a 2-2 tie through six innings.
The Wildcats took advantage of a wild pitch on a swinging third strike by Jon Gaston to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After reaching on the wayward strikeout, Gaston advance to second on a ground out off the bat David Plante and came around to scored on Jason Donald’s two-out double to right.
The Huskies tied the game at 1-1 after Curt Rindal led off the bottom of the second by getting hit, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out to the left side and scored on a Coulon wild pitch.
Washington then took a 2-1 edge in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Hague came home on a passed ball by Konrad Schmidt on a third strike with two down in the frame, but then handed the Wildcats the tying run when shortstop Danny Cox threw away an inning-ending out on a grounder by Donald. The two-out errant throw to first allowed Brad Boyer to score from third and knot the game at 2-2.