Homer Beats Huskies, 11-10, At WSU

March 21, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore left fielder Zach Kosturos hit a two-run homer with two outs inthe bottom of the ninth to lead the Washington State baseball team to an 11-10 win overWashington Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Cougars won the three-game, non-conferenceseries, two games to one.

The Huskies (11-6-1) had fought back from a 6-1 deficit to take a 9-8 lead on an eighth-inninggrand slam by second baseman Greg Isaacson. A solo homer from John Otness in the ninth hadincreased the UW lead to 10-8.

The Cougars (14-6), however, got a leadoff homer from Jay Miller, his second of the day, to startthe ninth inning. After a flyout, a single from Zach McAngus and a groundout, Kosturos, atransfer from Edmonds CC, belted a pitch from UW closer Will Fenton over the fence in centerfield for his first home run as a Cougar.

The Huskies who were beaten by an eighth-inning grand slam by WSU's Zach McAngus in an 11-5 loss in the series opener on Friday entered the eighth inning behind 8-5 before Isaacson tookadvantage of the wind to sneak his third homer of the year just inside the right-field foul pole.

WSU reliever Wayne Daman, Jr. (2-1), who faced only one batter in the top of the ninth, got thewin while Fenton, who gave up both of the Cougars' ninth-inning homers, suffered the loss to fallto 2-2 on the year.

WSU built a 6-1 lead over the first five innings. In the first, Kaeo Rubin doubled and scored on asingle from Miller. In the second, an error by UW freshman third baseman Tyler Mach opened thedoor for three unearned runs. With two aboard and two out, Justin McClure tripled to send hometwo runs and then scored on a second double from Rubin.

Miller made it 5-1 when he led off the third inning with his first home run of the year. He thentacked on another when he drove in Rubin with a single in the fifth.

Washington's lone run during that span came on an RBI single from senior Ben Johnson in thesecond.

The Huskies, however, took advantage of two Cougar errors to score four runs in the sixth.Chamberlin loaded the bases on a walk, an error by shortstop McClure and a single. Mach's singledrove in one and chased WSU starter Bryce Chamberlin from the game with no outs and the basesloaded. Reliever Dane Renkert then hit Matt Tucker with a pitch to force in another run.

Johnson followed with a grounder to first baseman Grant Richardson, who elected to throw tosecond to try and begin a double play. His throw, however, hit Tucker and bounced into rightfield, allowing two Huskies to cross, cutting the Cougar lead to 6-5. Renkert got a strikeout and adouble play to end the threat and keep the WSU lead in tact.

The Cougars added to that lead in the sixth when catcher Brandon Reddinger, who finished 3-for-3with two RBIs, got a ball up into the wind for a two-out, two-run homer to right field, increasingWSU's edge to 8-5.

Isaacson finished the day 2-for-5 with a double and a homer. Mach also had two hits. Millerfinished the day 4-for-5 with two homers.

The Huskies remain on the east side of the state for 2:00 p.m. games Monday and Tuesday atGonzaga. The UW opens Pac-10 play next Friday at Arizona State.

LINESCORENon-Conference GameWashington State 11, Washington 10Washington      010 004 041 -- 10  8 1Washington St.  131 012 003 -- 11 13 2Richie Lentz, Kyle Parker (5), Matt Kasser (7), Trent Baysinger(8), Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. Bryce Chamberlin, DaneRenkert (6), Brandon Hundt (8), Garrett Alwert (8), Wayne DamanJr. (9) and Brandon Reddinger, Zach Franklin (9). W - Daman (2-1).L - Fenton (2-2). 2B - UW, Greg Isaacson; WSU, Kaeo Rubin 2. 3B -WSU, Justin McClure. HR - UW, Isaacson (3), John Otness (5); WSU,Jay Miller 2 (2), Reddinger (1), Zach Kosturos (1). T - 3:39. A -531. Records: UW 11-6-1, WSU 14-6.
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