Cougar Baseball Sweeps Huskies

May 24, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Garry Kuykendall collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead Washington State past Washington 10-5 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

With the victory, the Cougars (31-23, 19-8 Pac-10) completed a three-game sweep of the Huskies (25-30, 13-14 Pac-10). Junior Connor Lambert (2-1) pitched two innings in relief to earn the win while Washington starter Andrew Kittredge (4-5) suffered the loss.

'You cannot say enough about our group of guys,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'To battle back once again for a victory was tremendous. It was a great way to send out our seniors.'

Washington scored twice off Cougar redshirt-freshman starter David Stilley in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After WSU scored once in the second, the Huskies tallied three unearned runs in the third to increase their advantage to 5-1.

In the bottom of the third, Kuykendall led off with a single up the middle and redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano launched a home run over the right field wall to pull the Cougars within 5-3.

WSU put together a two-out rally in the sixth to take the lead. After sophomore Shea Vucinich was hit by a pitch, sophomore Ryan Peterson doubled down the left field line. Freshman pinch hitter Patrick Claussen followed with an infield single and took second on a throwing error as Vucinich and Peterson scored to tie the game. Kuykendall singled home Claussen and the Cougars had their first lead of the game at 6-5.

In the seventh, senior Jared Prince and junior Michael Weber singled with one out to put runners at the corners. Vucinich knocked in both runners with a triple high off the left-center field wall. The Cougars added two more runs on a pair of fielder's choice RBI to cap the scoring.

Washington State will expect to hear its name called when the 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field of 64 is announced, Monday. The selection show will be televised by ESPN at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday's attendance was 1,313 and the three-game series drew 4,633...Cougars won for the 21st time at Bailey-Brayton Field in 2009, a single-season school record...first series sweep of Washington since April 20, 1991 (both games of a doubleheader)...first three-game sweep of the Huskies since March 3-4, 1984 (in Richland)...first three-game sweep of Washington in Pullman since April 20-21, 1979...WSU swept a third conference series and its fifth series overall for the first time since 1991...first time since 1989 the Cougars have swept five series in Pullman...first time since 1976, WSU swept four, three-game series...WSU posted its 16th come-from-behind victory of the season...WSU won its 19th conference game, its most since 19 in the Pac-10 North during the 1990 campaign...junior Connor Lambert's win was the 12th by the Cougar bullpen this season, tied for eighth best on the WSU single-season list...freshman Tommy Richards collected his first-collegiate RBI with a fielder's choice in the seventh.