Matt Way Tosses Complete Game to Defeat San Jose State

April 25, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Way tossed a six-hitter as Washington State defeated San Jose State 8-3 in the opener of a three-game nonconference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.

Way (2-3) made his first start since April 24, 2007 and threw 130 pitches, 89 for strikes. He struck out eight and provided the Cougars (21-18) their first complete game of the season.

'I am proud of the way Matt responded to the challenge of being a Friday night starter,' Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'We wanted to put Ross Humes back in the closer role where he is at his best and to do that, we need a guy like Matt to continue to pitch the way he did tonight.'

Washington State scored in each of the first four innings off Spartans' starter Max Peterson (3-5) to build a 6-2 advantage.

Jared Prince hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his fourth of the season, to stake the Cougars to a 2-0 lead. After Tommy Gale singled in a run in the top of the second for San Jose State (23-17), Travis Coulter collected a RBI-single bottom of the frame to put WSU on top 3-1.

Matt Fanelli drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the third to make it 4-1 and Gale answered in the top of the fourth with his second RBI-single in the game for the Spartans. Paul Gran blasted his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth to increase the WSU lead to 6-2.

After San Jose State tallied a run on the top of the eighth on a wild pitch, Shea Vucinch and Gran each delivered run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final scoring.

The teams continue their three-game series at 2 p.m., Saturday.

Washington State 8, San Jose State 3----------------------------------------------------------------------San Jose State...... 010 100 010  -  3  6  1      (23-17)Washington State.... 211 200 02X  -  8 10  1      (21-18)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: San Jose State - Peterson; Hennessey(8). Washington State - Way, Matt.Win-Way, Matt(2-3)  Loss-Peterson(3-5)  T-2:34  A-352HR WSU - Gran, Paul (8); Prince, Jared (4).
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