CONWAY, S.C. – Nick Kahle hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as third-seeded Washington moved a win away from the NCAA Tournament’s super regional round with an 11-6 victory over top-seeded host Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
The Huskies (32-23) will only need to defeat Coastal or UConn on Sunday night to move on.
Washington got going with a big, six-run second inning that was highlighted by catcher Kahle’s grand slam.
Coastal Carolina (43-18), which won the 2016 College World Series, rallied to cut the lead to 7-6 in the sixth when Matt Beaird scored from third on a passed ball. But Washington answered with two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh to take control.
Huskies relievers Stevie Emanuel and Alex Hardy combined for three scoreless innings to close out the Chanticleers.
Earlier, UConn ousted LIU-Brooklyn 10-3 to set up an elimination game Sunday with Coastal Carolina.