SALT LAKE CITY – Behind a season-high three home runs, the seventh-ranked Washington baseball team rallied to beat Utah 8-4 on Friday in the first of a three-game series.
Alex Schmidt, Robert Pehl and Trevor Mitsui each had homers, with Schmidt’s three-run shot in the sixth giving Washington a 6-4 lead. The Huskies have 21 homers this season, which leads the Pac-12.
Washington (30-11-1, 17-5 Pac-12) reached 30 wins for the second time under coach Lindsay Meggs, and the win kept them on top of the Pac-12 standings. The Huskies hold a one-game advantage over Oregon State, with the Beavers playing late Friday.
UW starter Jared Fisher left the game after Schmidt handed him the lead. Fisher lasted five innings, his shortest stint in his last six starts, but was able to pick up the win (4-3) and move his record over .500 for the first time this season. He allowed four runs — two earned — on three hits, three walks and struck out three.
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The Huskies and Utes (13-26, 3-16) resume the series Saturday.
Jockey Mawing sets Emerald record
Jockey Leslie Mawing set an Emerald Downs record by riding winners in five straight races in Auburn.
Mawing won the final five races on the seven-race card, breaking the track record of four wins in a row held by several riders.
Mawing won aboard Nancy Wake ($9.60), Our Pretty Woman ($8.40), He’s a Cruiser ($7.80), Spot On Babe ($3.60) and Making Fire ($9.20). Mawing, 40, has 2,125 career victories and is No. 6 all-time with 507 wins at Emerald Downs.
“When I looked at the (Daily Racing) Form I knew I had pretty live mounts tonight,” Mawing said. “I’ll say this much, I didn’t know it was going to be this good.”
• Seattle University rebounded from a 12-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader, beating Grand Canyon 2-1 in the nightcap.
Seattle U ( (22-20, 10-7 Western Athletic Conference ) got a great game from starter Skyler Genger in the second game as he allowed just an unearned run on four hits in 72
• Joe Pistorese allowed two runs over 82
3 innings as Washington State (19-22, 9-10 Pac-12) defeated USC 5-2 in the first of a three-game series in Pullman.
Pistorese allowed five hits and a walk.
• Gonzaga (19-25, 14-9 West Coast Conference) won 4-3 over visiting Brigham Young (18-26, 8-12 WCC).
• Led by an opening-round 1-under-par 71 from freshman Kyle Cornett, Seattle University was in sixth place after the first day of the WAC Championships at Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Cornett posted his fifth under-par round of the season and ended the day in a tie for 11th place.
Seattle U had a score of 10-over 298, one stroke behind fifth place Texas-Pan American. New Mexico State shot a 16-under 272 to take a two-stroke lead over Idaho.
• Defending champion Saint Martin’s University scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, hitting three home runs, as it defeated Western Washington 4-3, in a loser-out game at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in Richland.
The Vikings, who fell to 30-14, scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth, two on a homer by Jordan Walley.
In a later game, Central Washington scored in each of its four at-bats in defeating Saint Martin’s 9-1 in a loser-out game. The third-seeded Wildcats (29-17) will play top-seed and regular-season champion Western Oregon (32-20) in the championship game Saturday at noon. A win by CWU would force a second game.
• Stacy Clinesmith, a former WNBA player and Spokane native, has been hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier announced.
Clinesmith joins Jordan Green on Fortier’s coaching staff.
From sports-information reports.