Dawgs Drop 2009 Finale At WSU, 10-5

May 24, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State overcame an early 5-1 lead, scoring three in the sixth and four in the seventh, and handed Washington a 10-5 loss in the final game of the regular season Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The Cougars wrapped up their first three-game sweep over the Huskies since 1984 and their first sweep of any length over the UW since 1991, when WSU swept a two-game set.

The Huskies finished the year 25-30 overall and 13-14 in the Pac-10 Conference. WSU improved to 31-23 overall and 19-8 in the conference.

Cougar reliever Connor Lambert (2-1), who entered the game in the sixth, picked up the win. He worked two scoreless innings for the victory.

UW freshman starter Andrew Kittredge (4-5) suffered the loss. The right-hander from Spokane worked six and one-third innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

The Huskies got a break to score the game's first run in the top of the first. Doug Cherry belted a one-out triple off the wall in right-center. Jake Rife followed with a popup on the infield, but it was lost in the sun and dropped just behind the bag at second, allowing Cherry to score. After a second out, Troy Scott belted a triple down the right-field line, driving in Rife to give the UW an early 2-0 lead.

In the second, WSU got a run back as Jared Prince led off with a double, moved to third on a balk and scored on a Shea Vucinich ground ball, cutting the UW lead to 2-1.

In the third, with Cherry and Rife aboard, Scott laced a line drive to the corner that dropped in off the glove of left fielder Derek Jones, leading to two more runs. Scott scored on a single from Jacob Clem to make it 5-1.

In the bottom of the third, a two-run homer from Cougar catcher Jay Ponciano cut the Husky advantage to 5-3.

The Cougars went ahead with a three-run, two-out rally in the sixth inning. After two quick outs, a hit batter and a double put runners at second and third. Pinch hitter Patrick Claussen followed with an infield single, but an errant throw from UW second baseman Doug Cherry allowed a second run to score and Claussen to move to second. A single from Garry Kuykendall plated Claussen to put the Cougars on top, 6-5.

Cherry had four hits in five at bats to lead the Huskies while Caleb Brown was 3-for-4 with a walk.

In the seventh, the Cougars put the game out of reach with four more runs. A triple from Shea Vucinich scored two and a pair of groundballs plated two more to make it 10-5.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington State 10, Washington 5Washington         203 000 000 --  5 13 3Washington State   012 003 40x -- 10 11 1Andrew Kittredge, Geoff Brown (7), Seth Haehl (7), Jorden Merry (8) andBrett Wilcox. David Stilley, James Wise (3), Paris Shewey (4), ConnorLambert (6), Seth Harvey (9) and Jay Ponciano. W - Lambert (2-1). L -Kittredge (4-5). 2B - WSU, Ponciano, Jared Prince, Garry Kuykendall. 3B - UW, Doug Cherry, Troy Scott; WSU, Shea Vucinich. HR - WSU, Ponciano(4). T - 3:15. A - 1,313.
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