Cougars Take Series Opener from Cardinal

May 1, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Matt Way pitched eight strong innings and Washington State defeated Stanford 3-1 in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.

Way (6-4) gave up one run on five hits, walked two, and struck out five. He also became the ninth man in Washington State (22-18, 11-5 Pac-10) history to record 200 or more strikeouts as a pitcher. His career total currently stands at 201.

'That's a typical Friday night game in the Pac-10,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'Jordan Pries pitched a great game for Stanford and Matt Way was outstanding for us.'

Pries (3-2) went the distance for the Cardinal (20-19, 8-11 Pac-10) and limited the Cougars to three hits while striking out seven without issuing a walk.

After Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, WSU responded with a run in its half of the frame to tie the game. Senior Greg Lagreid doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a ground ball by senior Jared Prince. Junior Michael Weber followed with a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, freshman Derek Jones blasted a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Three batters later, Weber sent a 1-0 offering off the scoreboard in left-center field to put WSU on top 3-1.

That was all the offense Way needed. He did not allow a runner past second base after the Cardinal scored in the second and threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

In the ninth, Stanford threatened to score by loading the bases with two outs against redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson. Jake Schlander then sent a ball up the middle, but Weber made a diving stop to his right from his second base position and flipped to sophomore shortstop Shea Vucinich for a force out that ended the game and gave Johnson his seventh save of the season.

The series continues, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Washington State has 11 Pac-10 wins this season, its most since the conference reunified in 1999...redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson moved into a tie for fifth place on the WSU single-season saves list with seven...freshman Derek Jones moved into a tie for second place on the Cougars' single-season home run list for freshmen with 11.

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