Cougar Baseball Splits Doubleheader

March 27, 2010

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State overcame a six-run deficit in the nightcap of a doubleheader and defeated Cal State Bakersfield 13-12 to earn a split in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.

The Roadrunners (10-11) won the opener 9-5 and led 6-0 after a half inning in game two. Washington State (14-6) responded with five runs in its half of the first, four on a grand slam by Shea Vucinich.

Cal State Bakersfield added a run in the third inning, but Matt Fanelli tied the game with a two-run home run in the home half of the fifth.

The Cougars took the lead in the sixth on a RBI-ground out by Cody Bartlett and a run-scoring double by Brett Jacobs. Richie Ochoa pitched four and two-thirds innings of relief of starter Bret DeRooy and left after the sixth inning with WSU on top 9-7.

The Roadrunners scored three times off Seth Harvey (1-1) in the seventh to take a 10-9 lead before the Cougars rallied for four runs in their half of the frame.

With one out, Ryan Peterson tripled. After Vucinich walked, Jay Ponciano doubled home the tying run. A sacrifice fly by Bartlett gave the Cougars the lead, and three batters later Derek Jones provided some insurance with a two-run single to make the score 13-10.

In the eighth, Cal State Bakersfield had a run in and runners at the corners with no outs when Adam Conley came out of the bullpen. Conley induced a double play ball that scored a run, and a pop out to end the inning, then retired the Roadrunners 1-2-3 in the ninth for his fifth save.

'Coming from behind is a good attribute to have, but it means you are putting yourself in a hole,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'We did not do enough in the first game to come back, but we showed some toughness in game two.'

Mickey Jannis (3-0) scattered nine hits for a complete game win in the opener and Cal State Bakersfield chased Cougar starter Spencer Jackson (3-1) after two and two-thirds innings.

The teams conclude their four-game series, Sunday with first pitch schedule for noon.

The Cougars overcame their largest deficit (six runs) for victory at home since March 30, 2001 when they trailed UCLA 10-0 and won 12-11...Shea Vucinich hit his second-career grand slam...Seth Harvey notched his first-collegiate victory.

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