Dawgs win Utah Wild West shootout 13-8

SALT LAKE CITY – Washington blew a late lead but got it right back Saturday in a wild game under the lights at Smith’s Ballpark, closing the series with Utah with a 13-8 victory.

Despite receiving a no decision, starter Calvin Kirchoff delivered an absolute gem. The senior scattered eight hits for a career-high draw of 6.2, allowing one run. Grant Cunningham got the win out of the bullpen and gave up two unearned runs.

After trailing 1-2-3 in the first inning, the first four batters of the second reached the UW as the Huskies struck for three runs.

Carson Ohland scored to start the night, dropping and bringing in a single to right Jeter Ybarra. Colin Blanchard And Sam DeCarlo followed by sacrifice flies, then two more tacked on.

Utah threatened to answer at right back, loading the bases with one out in its own half, but Kirchoff and company escaped and maintained the three-run lead.

It appeared a 4-6-3 double play had eliminated a Husky scoring opportunity in the fifth inning, but after a challenge from the head coach Jason Kellythe throw to second was ruled to pull Utah shortstop Core Jackson from the bag, allowing Aiva Arquettes run to count and extend the inning.

Cam Clayton followed by a single in the middle, which brought it home Braden Terry And AJ Guerrero and extended the lead to 6-0.

Terry got in on the RBI action in the sixth, blasting a single up the middle to make it a touchdown lead. However, Utah responded for the first time that night, breaking the shutout on Jackson’s RBI ground ball.

Aiva Arquettes An RBI double in the eighth restored the seven-run lead, but the game quickly turned in the bottom half of the inning.

A three-run home run gave Utah new life and eventually a dropped fly ball up center on what would have been the third out completed the rally for the Utes, tying the game at eight runs apiece.

With the momentum firmly on the Utes’ side, the Dawgs responded with a big inning of their own.

Ybarra led off with a single and came around to score to give Washington the lead again Cooper Whittons only to the right. Colin Blanchard And Sam DeCarlo followed by own RBI singles and Blake Wilson put them both up with a single to left, putting the Huskies ahead by five.

Cunningham collected the final three outs in the bottom half, setting up a Sunday night showdown for the series.

Sunday’s game is scheduled for 6:00 PM PT and will air on the Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Mountain and Pac-12 Mountain.


• Saturday’s win was just the second for Washington after trailing or tying after the eighth inning
Calvin Kirchoffs 6.2 innings is the second-longest outing for a Husky this season, surpassed only by Spencer Dessarts 7.0 on March 3 vs. Santa Clara
• Kirchoff surpassed the 100-throw mark for the first time in his career
• Washington’s 17 goals set a new season high
• The 33 combined hits are also the most in a game for UW this season
• Every Husky starter recorded at least one goal
Sam DeCarlo led the way by three strokes, setting a season high and tying his career high
Jeter Ybarra And Aiva Arquette extended their active hitting streaks to 15 and 13 games, respectively
• The Huskies have scored at least five points in nine straight games

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