UW Drops 10-Inning Heartbreaker To WSU, 6-5

May 22, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - After rallying twice to get to extra innings, the Washington baseball team lost on a bases-loaded, two out walk in the 10th inning, falling to Washington State, 6-5, Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The loss dashed the Huskies' slim hopes of making the NCAA tournament as they can no longer finish over .500 overall, a requirement for consideration. The Dawgs dropped to 25-28 overall and 13-12 in Pac-10 play. WSU improved to 29-23 overall and 17-8 in conference.

In the 10th, WSU got runners aboard on a single, a walk and a hit batter before Brian Pearl issued a two-out walk to Michael Weber to force in Jay Ponciano with the winning run.

Pearl (1-5) suffered the loss while WSU closer Jeremy Johnson (6-1), who worked two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs, picked up the win.

The Huskies had rallied from deficits in both the eighth and the ninth to force extra innings. WSU starter Matt Way had handcuffed the Huskies through the first seven, holding the Dawgs to one hit and one walk while striking out 13.

However, in the eighth, Caleb Brown started the rally with a one-out single to right. Jacob Clem followed with a pinch-hit double to put runners at second and third and a pinch-hit double from freshman Andy Bethel drove in a pair to tie the score. After an out and a hit batter, Jake Rife tripled to the right-field corner, driving in two to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead.

But, WSU came back with a rally of its own, scoring three runs to move back on top. After a error allowed the leadoff runner to reach, Cody Bartlett doubled off the top of the fence in center to drive in the run. Garry Kuykendall singled to put runners at the corners for Jay Ponciano, whose single to right drove in a run to tie it at 4-4.

The Cougars would eventually load the bases with two outs and the go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch from Pearl.

But, in the top of the ninth, Bethel came through again. With two aboard via bases on balls, Bethel dropped a single in to the left-center gap to tie the score at 5-5.

The Cougars scored the game's first run in the second. Greg Lagreid led off with a double and, on a single to right by Weber, Lagreid looked to be holding up at third. But, after seeing the throw go to the cutoff man near second base, he took off for home and beat a throw to the plate, giving WSU a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, Jared Prince led off with a double and scored on a triple from Weber. But, the Huskies limited the damage as Weber was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a groundball back to the mound and the inning ended with the score 2-0.

Way retired the first 14 Husky batters in order, including nine by strikeout, before walking Troy Scott on a full-count pitch with two outs in the fifth. He finally surrendered his first hit when Doug Cherry bounced a two-out single up the middle in the sixth.

The series continues with a 2:00 p.m. game Saturday and a noon start on Sunday. Subscribers can listen to live audio broadcasts at the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 5, Washington 5, 10 InningsWashington         000 000 041 0 -- 5  6 1Washington State   010 010 030 1 -- 6 10 0Jason Erickson, Geoff Brown (6), Seth Haehl (6),Andrew Kittredge (8), Brian Pearl (8) and Brett Wilcox,Brady McGuire (8), Cody Ryckman (9). Matt Way, JeremyJohnson (8) and Greg Lagreid. W - Johnson (6-1). L - Pearl(1-5). 2B - UW, Jacob Clem, Andy Bethel; WSU, Lagreid,Jared Prince, Garry Kuykendall, Cody Bartlett. 3B - UW,Jake Rife; WSU, Michael Weber. T - 2:55. A - 1,549.
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