It was a special season for the University of Washington baseball team this year, which included a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference and their first trip to the NCAA postseason tournament in ten years. But the Husky’s season ended on Monday as the team, which included 2011 Mountlake Terrace High School graduate Brandon Choate, lost to Ole Miss 3-2 in 10 innings and was eliminated from NCAA Regional play.
Ole Miss will move on to the NCAA Super Regionals later this week, while the Huskies will head home, clean out their lockers and start looking forward to next year.
Choate got the nod from UW Coach Lindsay Meggs to take the mound in the fifth inning of Monday’s game, relieving Husky starter Will Ballowe with two runners on base and two outs. Choate faced one batter, gave up a walk on six pitches, then yielded to teammate Troy Rallings who was able to coax Ole Miss’ Austin Anderson to ground out and end the inning.
Choate could only watch from the dugout as Ole Miss’ Will Allen was walked in the top of the 10th inning, then scored on teammate Sikes Orvis’ triple down the right field line, giving Ole Miss a 3-2 lead. The Huskies couldn’t answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the tenth.
The Huskies finish the 2014 season with a record of 41-17-1.
With the UW season over, Choate will now head to Oregon to play for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League (WCL), a summer league for collegiate ballplayers. Choate was a member of the Knight’s squad that won the WCL championship last year.