Cougar Baseball Beats Huskies in Extra Innings

April 3, 2010

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SEATTLE - Shea Vucinich's sacrifice fly in top of the 12th inning lifted Washington State to a 6-5 win over Washington in game one of a Pacific-10 Conference doubleheader, Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

Adam Conley (2-1) pitched four and two-thirds innings of shutout relief to earn the victory for the Cougars (15-8, 1-1 Pac-10). Ben Guidos (0-4), the fourth of five Washington (13-11, 1-1 Pac-10) pitchers, took the loss.

'We left way too many men on base, but I am so proud of the way our guys stuck with it and grinded out a victory,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'There are no easy games in the Pac-10 and we found a way to win.'

Trailing 1-0 after three innings, WSU took the lead with a three-run fourth. Patrick Claussen collected a two-run single and J.K. Dykes executed a safety squeeze bunt to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead.

Washington answered with a run in its half of the fourth and both teams pushed across a run in the fifth. Michael Weber's RBI-single in the seventh gave the Cougars a 5-3 lead. The Huskies picked up a run in the seventh and tied the game with a tally in the eighth.

Both teams had opportunities in extra innings until the 12th when the Cougars loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, Husky error and infield single that set the stage for Vucinich's go-ahead sacrifice fly.

The teams are scheduled to play game two of the doubleheader and conclude their three-game series, Saturday evening.

Washington State and Washington combined to use 38 student-athletes in the game, throw 400 pitches, strike out 18, walk 17, hit six batters and leave 31 runners on base...Cougars have won their last three Pac-10 games that have gone extra innings...first Pac-10 road win in extra innings since April 8, 2006 (4-3 win at UCLA, 10 innings)...first win in a game that went 12 innings or longer since 8-6 (12 innings) at UC Davis, May 26, 2007....first Pac-10 win in a game that went 12 innings or longer since 3-2 (15 innings) at California, March 4, 2000.