Huskies Beat Cougars, 5-4, On 13th-Inning Wild Pitch
May 27, 2006
SEATTLE - Zach Clem scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Washington baseball team beat Washington State, 5-4, Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series at Husky Ballpark.
Washington (35-25 overall, 10-13 in the Pac-10) scored two in the ninth to force extra innings and, after WSU scored in the top of the 10th, scored again to keep the game alive.
Clem singled to open the 13th inning, his third hit of the game. After a sacrifice bunt, Nick Cebula came on in relief of Jayson Miller. After one wild pitch allowed Clem to take third base with one out, the Cougars intentionally walked the next two Huskies to load the bases. After getting ahead with two strikes to UW freshman Brett Kaluza, Cebula bounced his 0-2 pitch past catcher Zach Franklin, allowing Clem to score the winning run.
In the top of the 10th, pinch hitter Simi Reynolds, a former Husky, opened the inning with a single. After taking second on a sacrifice bunt, he scored when second baseman Travis Coulter singled to center, putting WSU back on top, 4-3.
In the bottom of the 10th, Husky center fielder Andy Lentz blooped a single to lead off. After a Cory Rickard sacrifice, Matt Hague doubled off the fence in right field, driving home Lentz to tie the game once more at 4-4.
Miller (2-1) suffered the loss for the Cougars in one and one-third innings of relief. WSU fell to 36-22 overall and 10-13 in conference. Neither the UW or WSU can finish the season .500 in Pac-10 play.
Both teams' bats were quiet until the top of the fourth. After Coulter was hit by a pitch to open the inning, right fielder Jared Prince hit his ninth home run of the season to stake the visitors to a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies, who had managed only three baserunners coming into the inning, got a one-out solo home run from center fielder Andy Lentz to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the eighth, the Cougars added to their lead. With two outs and none on, Prince drew a walk and then scored from first on a long double from first baseman Jim Murphy, increasing the WSU lead to 3-1.
Hague hit WSU starter Wayne Daman Jr.'s first offering of the ninth over the fence in dead center field for his sixth homer of the season to cut the Cougar lead to 3-2. Mike Wagner came on in relief and allowed back-to-back singles to UW catcher Matt Lane and first baseman Curt Rindal to put runners at the corners with no outs.
Clem followed with a single to drive in pinch runner Michael Burgher, tying the score at 3-3. Danny Cox's sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third with one out, but Wagner fanned Matt Stevens and Bradley Boyer to send the game into extra innings.
UW freshman starter Adrian Gomez worked eight innings in his third Husky start, allowing three runs on eight hits. Daman, the Cougars starter, threw eight innings as well, giving up two runs on five hits. Neither figured in the decision.
The Huskies and Cougars close out the 2006 regular season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. Live video and stats will be available at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington 5, Washington State 4, 13 InningsWashington State 000 200 010 100 0 -- 4 7 1Washington 000 001 002 100 1 -- 5 11 2Wayne Daman Jr., Mike Wagner (9), Jayson Miller (12), NickCebula (13) and Greg Lagreid, Mike Gilbert (10), ZachFranklin (12). Adrian Gomez, Elliott Cribby (9),Richie Lentz (10), Bryce Mooney (12) and Matt Lane,Joey Dunn (10). W - Mooney (4-3). L - Miller (2-1). 2B -WSU, Jim Murphy; UW, Matt Hague. HR - WSU, Jared Prince(9); UW, Andy Lentz (6), Hague (6). T - 3:53. A - 1,009.