Cougars Even Series with Huskies, Win 7-3
SEATTLE – BYU baseball defeated Washington 7-3 behind stellar pitching and double-digit hits at Husky Ballpark on Friday.
- Easton Walker set a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings while Mitch McIntyre kept UW hitless in relief to stifle the Huskies
- BYU now has five wins over Power 5 teams this season, including victories over Northwestern (twice), Ohio State, Oregon and now Washington
- BYU catcher Noah Hill had a ball hit his throat behind the plate in the fourth inning and was taken by ambulance to the hospital
- Mitch McIntyre: 2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI; 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Brian Hsu: 2-5, HR, 2 R, RBI
- Easton Walker: W (5-0), 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
The Cougars never trailed in the game, coming out with three singles in their first four at-bats to bring in two runs on RBIs by Jackson Cluff and Mitch McIntyre.
Up 3-2, BYU (25-10) added runs in the fourth and sixth innings on solo home runs from Brian Hsu and McIntyre. In the bottom of the fourth, Cougar catcher Noah Hill was injured in a freak play when a pitch hit him in the throat. The senior’s neck and head were immobilized and he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he will stay overnight as a precaution and for observation.
BYU pitcher Easton Walker retired the Huskies after the delay in the fourth and kept Washington (17-16) scoreless until his night came to a close with one out in the seventh. The nation’s ERA leader, Walker pitched another gem, striking out a career-high eight with one walk and one earned run to stay perfect at 5-0 this season.
A wild pitch from Washington and a sac fly by McIntyre extended BYU’s lead to five runs in the seventh, 7-2. The score would stay that way with McIntyre coming in from the outfield to pitch the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one walk. The lefthander has still not allowed an earned run in 13.2 innings pitched this season.
BYU and Washington finish the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The game will stream online live on the Pac-12 Network and on BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM.