Cougars Clip Wildcats, 5-4
April 18, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. – Arizona dug itself into a hole early and clawed back later in the game, but Washington State held off the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon to win, 5-4, for a second straight day at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars (17-16, 7-4 Pac-10) roughed up UA starter Joe Allison, who was making his first career Pac-10 start, with three solo home runs in the first inning. Alex Burg, Derek Jones and Greg Lagreid hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, with the first two coming on consecutive pitches to stake WSU to a 3-0 lead.
Arizona (16-18, 3-11 Pac-10) scratched its way back into the game in the third inning, plating two runs. Kyle Stiner and Bryce Ortega each singled to lead off the inning and came in to score on a two-out double by Bobby Coyle, cutting WSU’s lead to 3-2.
Allison was replaced to lead off the fourth inning by Daniel Workman. Allison turned in three innings of work, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks.
The Wildcats evened the game in the top half of the fifth as Jett Bandy pulled a double down the left field line to bring Dillon Baird, who had reached on a single and was moving on the pitch, home to score and tie the game, 3-3.
The Cougars regained the lead with their fourth solo home run of the game on Michael Weber’s shot to right field in the bottom of the sixth. It was only the second hit off Workman, who had combined with Allison to shut out WSU over the previous four innings, but it gave the Cougars a lead they would never relinquish and hand Workman the loss (1-1).
Washington State added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the difference in the ball game.
With runners at first and second, Jason Stoffel induced a groundball to Baird at first base. Baird threw to Bryce Ortega at second base to record one out, but Ortega’s throw back to first base sailed wide of Stoffel, who was covering the bag on the play. Cody Bartlett scored from second as the ball skipped against the screen of the first base dugout, leading to an unearned run to put WSU ahead 5-3.
The Wildcats mounted a short-lived rally in the top of the ninth.
WSU closer Jeremy Johnson struck Glenn out to end the game, earning his fifth save of the season.
The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at Noon. Arizona will then play at Gonzaga in a non-conference game on Monday.