SEATTLE, Wash. – Cal Poly held a 3-2 lead through five innings before Washington erupted for six runs in the sixth, taking advantage of four walks and a pair of Mustang errors, and the Huskies went on to post a 9-3 victory in the opener of a three-game baseball series Friday afternoon in Husky Ballpark.
Jarred Zill (0-3) scattered three hits over five innings with six strikeouts before walking the first two batters of the sixth. An error allowed the tying run to score and a pair of relievers struggled to get the three outs before Washington added five more runs, all unearned, for an 8-3 lead.
Joe Wainhouse homered leading off the seventh, his third of the year, to tally the final run of the game.
With the win, Washington improved to 5-2 for the season. Cal Poly fell to 2-7.
Washington answered with two runs in the third on catcher Nick Kahle's two-run ground--rule double over the right-center field fence.
Cal Poly regained the lead in the fifth. Elijah Greene singled to right-center field for an RBI and an overthrow at third base allowed the second run to score and a 3-2 Mustang advantage.
That set the stage for Washington's six-run sixth-inning rally highlighted by Mason Cerillo's two-run double down the left-field line, one of just two hits in the inning.
Chris Micheles (1-0), the second of three Washington pitchers used in the game, earned the win with two scoreless hitless innings in relief of starter David Rhodes.
Cal Poly's nine hits included two each by Samuelson, DiCarlo (pictured above) and Greene.
Second baseman Noah Hsue singled twice for Washington.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday at 2:05 p.m. with junior right-hander Bobby Ay on the mound for Cal Poly.
Photo above of Nick DiCarlo courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager