Kosturos' Home Run Beats UW 11-10
March 21, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Zach Kosturos blasted a towering two-run home run over the centerfield wall with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his Washington State Cougars a dramatic 11-10 win over the visiting Washington Huskies Sunday in a non-conference baseball game at Bailey-Brayton Field.
WSU (14-6) captured the three-game series with Washington (11-6-1) by winning the opener Friday and Sunday's finale. Wayne Daman, Jr., (2-1), the fifth WSU pitcher, picked up the win, while Will Fenton (2-2), the fifth Husky hurler, took the loss.
The Cougars led 5-1 after three innings and 6-1 going into the sixth, only to watch the Huskies climb back into the game with four runs in the sixth. WSU answered with a pair of runs in their half of the sixth and appeared back in control 8-5 heading into the final two innings.
But Washington would not quit, coming up with four runs in the sixth on the grand slam home run by Greg Isaacson, who lofted a shot down the line in right field. Aided by a strong wind, Isaacson's second hit of the afternoon stayed just inside the foul pole and boosted the Huskies on top 9-8.
Then when John Otness went yard with a solo shot in the top of the ninth to pad the Husky lead 10-8, Washington State's chances didn't look good.
But Jay Miller started the Cougar rally with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth. His shot also went to right field and cut Washington's advantage to one run, 10-9.
After Grant Richardson flew out to center, Zach McAngus, the hitting hero for WSU in the first game, singled to right center. Jeremy Farrar was WSU's next batter, but the designated hitter fell victim to a bazzare play when Fenton's pitch went behind him, but hit his bat and bounced in front of home plate. Husky catcher Aaron Hathaway alertly picked up the ball and threw Farrar out at first.
That set the stage for Kosturos, who ripped the first offering from Fenton to the deepest part of the park. His home run easily cleared the fence at the 390 foot mark.
Jay Miller, who had four hits and drove home four runs for WSU, scored Kaeo Rubin with a first-inning single to start WSU's scoring. In the second the Cougars scored three unearned runs, two on Justin McClure's triple and one when Rubin collected his second double in as many trips to the plate.
In the third Miller added a solo home run to right field and later collected an RBI in the fifth to drive home Rubin a second time. Reddinger's first home run of the season in the sixth accounted for WSU's other runs.
Ben Johnson singled home the first Husky run in the second, with the visitors adding four more runs in the sixth, but just two earned. A pair of Cougar errors aided Washington's rally, while Tyler Mach singled in one run. Another scored on a bases loaded hit batter and the last two a fielder's choice throwing error by the Cougars.
The series win by WSU was the first for the Cougars over Washington since 1999. WSU returns to action next weekend, opening Pacific-10 Conference play at Arizona in a three-game series beginning Friday.
Washington 010 004 041 - 10 8 1
WSU 131 012 003 - 11 13 2
Richie Lentz, Kyle Parker (5), Matt Kasser (7), Trent Baysinger (8), Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway.
Bryce Chamberlin, Dane Renkert (6), Brandon Hundt (8), Garrett Alwert (8), Wayne Daman (9) and Brandon Reddinger, Zach Franklin (8).
W - Renkert (2-1). L - Fenton (2-2). Save - None. HR - Isaacson (3), Otness (5), Ja. Miller 2 (2), Kosturos (1), Reddinger (1).
T - 3:39. A - 531.
Washington Hits - Isaacson 2, Larsen, Mach 2, Otness, Tucker, B. Johnson.
WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Miller 4, McAngus, Farrar, Kosturos, Reddinger 3, McClure.
E - Mach, Richardson, McClure. 2B - Isaacson (4), Rubin 2 (8). 3B - McClure (1).