Cougar Baseball Scratches Out Win Over Huskies

May 22, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Michael Weber drew a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to provide Washington State a 6-5 Pacific-10 Conference baseball victory over Washington, Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The win, coupled with Arizona State's victory over UCLA, Friday, Washington State (29-23, 17-8 Pac-10) secured second place in the conference outright. The loss for Washington (25-28, 13-12 Pac-10) eliminated the Huskies from NCAA postseason consideration.

'It was a great ballgame,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'It was a typical Husky-Cougar athletic event. That is the way it should be.'

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second. Senior Greg Lagreid led off the inning with a double. With one out, Weber singled to right and when the throw came into second, Lagreid scampered home with the game's first run.

WSU added a run in the fifth. Senior Jared Prince led off with a double and scored on a triple by Weber to put the Cougars on top 2-0.

Senior Matt Way retired the first 14 Huskies he faced, carried a no hitter in the sixth, and had a one-hit shutout through seven. He finished with a career-high 13 strikeouts. In the eighth, Washington chased Way with three runs on three hits and tallied another run off redshirt-junior reliever Jeremy Johnson (6-1) to take a 4-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Cougars responded with three runs to take a 5-4 advantage. Sophomore Ryan Peterson reached on an error and redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett's double scored junior pinch runner Matt Fanelli. Sophomore Garry Kuykendall singled to put runners at the corners and redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano delivered a run-scoring single to tie the game. With two outs, Prince walked to load the bases and Kuykendall scored on a wild pitch.

The Huskies forced extra innings in the ninth on a pair of walks and a two-out single. In the bottom of the 10th, Ponciano singled with one out off Brian Pearl (1-5). Freshman Derek Jones walked and with two outs, Prince was hit by a pitch to load the bases prior to Weber's walk that forced home the winning run.

The teams take to the diamond for game two in the series, Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sophomore Garry Kuykendall led off the first with a single to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games...senior Jared Prince led off the fifth with the 52nd double in his career, tied for seventh best all-time at WSU...senior Matt Way pitched at least six innings for the 14th-straight start...Way's 13 strikeouts were the most by a Cougar since James Freeman fanned 13 against Southeastern Lousiana, Feb. 11, 2005...has 114 strikeouts this season, most by a Cougar southpaw and tied for second on the WSU single-season list...has 229 career strikeouts, sixth-most by a WSU hurler...redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, inlcluding nine, two-hit outings...redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson won his sixth game in relief to tie for seconed on the Cougar single-season list...his seven-career relief victories are tied for 10th all-time at WSU.