Cougars Take Game One Of Series, 3-2

May 26, 2006

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team's postseason hopes took a hit Friday night as Washington State edged the Huskies, 3-2, in the first game of a season-ending, three-game series at Husky Ballpark.

Husky ace Tim Lincecum (12-4) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run and striking out 14 in a complete game. Lincecum who may have seen his final college mound action, finished the night with 199 strikeouts this season, falling one short of becoming the second pitcher in Pac-10 history to notch 200 strikeouts in a season.

Over his nine innings, Lincecum allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits, walking two. The Huskies fell to 34-25 overall and 9-13 in the Pac-10. With two games remaining, the UW can no longer achieve a .500 conference record.

WSU can still finish .500 in conference play with a series sweep. The Cougars improved to 36-21 overall and 10-12 in Pac-10 play.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth, though the Cougars had good chances to score the game's first run in the first, loading the bases on a single and two walks, but right fielder Zach McAngus struck out to end the inning. In the second and fifth, the Cougars also had runners at third base, but a lineout back to the mound in the second and a strikeout in the sixth ended the threat.

Washington hadn't advanced a runner past second base until the sixth. After Zach Clem singled and stole second, Curt Rindal struck out for the first out. Steve Kost came on in relief of WSU starter Jared Prince and walked Matt Lane. Jeremy Johnson then replaced Kost and walked pinch hitter Jake Rife to load the bases.

Matt Stevens followed with a hard grounder to short that was knocked down by shortstop Paul Gran, who recovered in time to get the force at second base while Clem crossed the plate with the game's first run.

WSU came right back to take the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. With one down, pinch hitter Scott Suttmeier struck out on a ball in the dirt, but Lane's throw to first to record the out bounced past the bag as Suttmeier reached on the error. After stealing second base, Suttmeier scored on a double from center fielder Travis Coulter.

After another strikeout, Jay Miller, who earlier in the game singled to become WSU's career hits leader with his 305th, doubled into the right-field corner, scoring Coulter with the go-ahead run.

Washington State added to the lead in the eighth when first baseman Jim Murphy led off the eighth inning with his eighth homer of the season. The Huskies cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Lane lined his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot to center field.

In the ninth, the Huskies got the first two runners aboard on singles from Bradley Boyer and Andy Lentz. After a long flyout from Matt Hague moved Boyer to third with one out, Clem popped out to second base and fouled out to first to end the game.

Johnson (1-0) picked up the victory for the Cougars, allowing a run on two hits over two and one-third innings of relief. Travis Webb, who came on in the eighth, picked up the save, his eighth of the year.

The series continues Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game and finishes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. Live video and stats for both remaining games will be available at gohuskies.com.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington State 3, Washington 2Washington State  000 000 210 -- 3 8 0Washington        000 001 010 -- 2 8 1Tim Lincecum and Matt Lane. Jared Prince, Steve Kost (6),Jeremy Johnson (6), Travis Webb (8) and Greg Lagreid, MikeGilbert (7). W - Johnson (1-0). L - Lincecum (12-4). Sv -Webb (8). 2B - WSU, Ryan Krauser, Jay Miller. HR - WSU, JimMurphy (8); UW, Lane (12). T - 3:07. A - 1,617.  
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