Rindal Leads Hit Parade As UW Beats WSU, 15-4

March 24, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Curt Rindal had four hits and drove in three runs as the Washington baseball team pounded out 22 hits for its second straight win over Washington State, 15-4, Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Rindal, the Husky first baseman from Mt. Vernon, drove in the game's first run and then had two more as the UW pulled away in the sixth. The Huskies improved to 13-9 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 with the victory. WSU fell to 13-9 and 0-2.

Freshman designated hitter Ty Rasmussen, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth, went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in.

Husky ace Jorden Merry improved to 5-1 with the victory, working seven innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. WSU starter Nick Ison (3-3) suffered the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits over five innings.

Washington jumped on the Cougars in the first, posting three runs to take the early lead. With one out, Andy Lentz and Matt Hague singled to put runners at the corners. Rindal singled to drive in Lentz for the first run. Joey Lind, a freshman from Mill Creek making his first college start, followed with an RBI double down the third-base line. Rindal then scored on a groundout from Brian Pearl to make it 3-0.

WSU, however, answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Travis Coulter led off with a double to right and then scored on a single from former Husky Simi Reynolds. The following two hitters then drew walks to load the bases with no outs. However, Jim Murphy popped out, Jeff Miller struck out and Greg Lagreid popped out to end the threat with the Huskies still in front, 3-1.

The UW added a run in the fifth when Jake Rife beat out a bases-loaded infield single that sent Lind home from third. Washington State got that run back in the bottom of fifth when right fielder Jared Prince hit his first home run of the year to make it a 4-2 UW lead.

The Huskies added three more in the sixth, all with two outs, off of reliever Jayson Miller. Rasmussen drove in the first with an RBI single. After an error loaded the bases, catcher Joey Dunn singled through the left side to send home two more.

In the seventh, the UW scored three more two-out runs with two coming on a double from Rindal and the other on a double from Rasmussen.

Prince narrowed the gap in the bottom of the seventh, driving in a pair of runs with a single. He finished 2-for-3 with three runs batted in. Coulter added three hits for the Cougars.

Washington scored five more in the eighth as Rasmussen drove in two more. Aside from the four hits from Rindal and three from Rasmussen, the Huskies got two hits each from Lentz, Hague, Lind, Dunn, Burgher and Bradley Boyer.

The series concludes Sunday with a 12 noon game. A radio broadcast of the game will air on KKNW AM-1150 and also on the internet at gohuskies.com

LINESCOREPac-10 ConferenceWashington 15, Washington State 4Washington         300 013 350 -- 15 22 0Washington State   100 010 200 --  4  9 4Jorden Merry, Harrison Bishop (8) and Joey Dunn, Max Kwan(9). Nick Ison, Jayson Miller (6), Seth Harvey (7), GarrettKimbrel (8), Matt Way (9) and Greg Lagreid, Nick Hall (9).W - Merry (5-1). L - Ison (3-3). 2B - UW, Joey Lind,Curt Rindal, Ty Rasmussen; WSU, Travis Coulter. 3B - UW,Dunn. HR - WSU, Jared Prince (1). T - 3:07. A - 1,576.Records: UW 13-9, 2-0 Pac-10; WSU 13-9, 0-2 Pac-10.
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