CONWAY, S.C. – Levi Jordan and AJ Graffanino had three hits apiece, including RBI singles in a five-run eighth inning, to lift third-seeded Washington over No. 2 seed UConn to start the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Joe DeMers (7-3) held UConn to six hits over eight innings to keep Washington out front. He struck out six and retired 14 of 15 batters at one stretch.
Washington (31-23) will play in the winner’s bracket Saturday while UConn (35-21-1) will play an elimination game that day.
Washington was clinging to a 2-1 lead through seven when the Huskies put together a five-run rally with just three hits. UConn walked two batters, committed an error and had a passed ball to keep Washington going.
UConn’s best chance to rally came in the seventh with consecutive one-out singles by Chris Winkel and Christian Fedko. But Conor Moriarty hit into a double play.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.