Cougar Baseball Sweeps Arizona

April 19, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett's RBI-double in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Washington State an 8-7 victory and three-game Pacific-10 Conference series sweep over visiting Arizona, Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Bartlett's shot off the right field wall came against Matt Veltmann (2-5) and scored sophomore Garry Kuykendall, who singled with one out, from first base. The hit provided the Cougars (18-16, 8-4) their first conference series sweep since April 25-27, 1997 against Portland State (five games) in the Pac-10 North.

In a game that featured 25 hits, 15 pitchers, eight hit batters, six errors, five wild pitches, and took four hours and 20 minutes to complete, Bartlett was one of many heroes for WSU.

'It was total team effort,' Donnie Marbut said. 'Cody (Bartlett) got the big hit at the end of the game, but you have to talk about Jay Ponciano, Spencer Jackson, Matt Way and Jeremy Johnson, just to name a few, who contributed to this victory.'

Washington State trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the ninth and was facing the Jason Stoffel, the Pac-10 leaders in saves this season. With two outs, senior Jared Prince singled to right field and was pinch run for by freshman Kyle Johnson. Junior Michael Weber followed with a walk to put runners at first and second.

Ponciano, a redshirt-sophomore, then lined a 2-1 pitch into the left-center field that went off the glove of a diving Matt Presley for a two-run double and tied the game 7-7.

Senior Matt Way, who threw 129 pitches in a victory over the Wildcats (16-18, 3-12 Pac-10) Friday, came out of the Cougar bullpen and blanked Arizona in the 10th.

Redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson (4-1), who earned a save in each of the first two games in the series, struck out two Wildcats in the 11th to keep the game tied and set up Bartlett's heroics.

Arizona led 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth when the Cougars struck for three runs on a walk, error, sacrifice, fielder's choice, throwing error and wild pitch.

The Wildcats came back to lead 5-3 before WSU tied the game 5-5 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Shea Vucinich and a RBI-double by senior Alex Burg.

Arizona scored twice in the seventh and had two on with two outs in the eighth when freshman Spencer Jackson retired Dillon Baird on a ground out to end the threat.

The Cougars begin a five-game road trip at Utah, Tuesday at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Senior Jared Prince moved into a tie for ninth on the WSU all-time hits list with a pair that raised his career total to 225...longest game (4:20) in time since a 14-13 victory in 10 innings over Washington, May 2, 1999 (4:25)...WSU equaled its Pac-10 win total of 2008 with its eighth victory.

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