Dawgs Drop Close One To WSU, 6-5 In 12 Innings

April 3, 2010

SEATTLE - In another tightly-contested ballgame, the Washington baseball team came back to force extra innings, but fell to Washington State, 6-5 in 12 innings in the second game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark.

The game was the first of a doubleheader Saturday as Friday's game was rained out after a 3-2 Husky victory Thursday.

Washington, which saw its six-game win streak snapped, trailed by two runs on three different occasions, but scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to force extra innings.

In the 12th, Washington State loaded the bases on a hit batter, an error and an infield single and then took the lead on a Shea Vucinich sacrifice fly.

The UW threatened in the top of the 12th as Sean Meehan reached on a dropped pop fly and David Bentrott singled, but a close play at first on a chopper from Doug Cherry ended the game.

WSU closer Adam Conley (2-1) picked up the win, holding the UW scoreless over the final four and two-thirds innings.

UW reliever Ben Guidos (0-4) suffered the tough luck loss. He threw three innings, allowing only one hit and one unearned run.

The Huskies (13-11 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-10) opened the scoring with a run in the first as Bradley Boyer led off with a single, moved to second on a bunt and then scored on a Jacob Lamb double.

Held hitless through the first three innings, the Cougars (15-8 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) broke through for three runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, left fielder Patrick Claussen lined a single to left to score a pair. J.K. Dykes then laid down a safety squeeze bunt to bring in another, giving WSU a 3-1 lead.

Washington got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Bentrott drove in Chase Anselment from second with a two-out single.

However, WSU made it 4-2 in the fifth when a groundout from Matt Argyropolous brought home Shea Vucinich, who had led off the inning with a single.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Huskies answered with a run as Troy Scott's sacrifice fly brought home Cherry to cut the lead to 4-3.

In the seventh, the Cougars loaded the bases on three walks and a two-out, infield single from Michael Weber brought in a run to make it 5-3.

Washington narrowed the gap to a run once more in the bottom of the seventh, successfully pulling off a double steal with Cherry coming home as Pierce Rankin stole second.

In the eighth, the UW drew even on an RBI single from Bentrott. Later in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out, Cherry bounced a ball to third. The throw came to the plate to retire pinch runner Julien Pollard, and the home plate umpire ruled that Pollard's slide illegally interfered with the catcher and a double play was ruled, ending the inning with the score tied at 5-5.

Both teams had a chance in the ninth. WSU got runners to second and third with one out, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the threat. The UW loaded the bases with one down, but two strikeouts sent the game into extra innings.

The series concludes Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Doubleheader - Game 1Washington State 6, Washington 5, 12 InningsWashington State   000 310 100 001 -- 6  7 1Washington         100 110 110 000 -- 5 12 2Travis Cook, Paris Shewey (6), Seth Harvey (8), Adam Conley(8) and Jay Ponciano, Paul Clingan (9), Kyle Buchanan (11).Andrew Kittredge, Adrian Gomez (6), Jacob Clem (9), BenGuidos (9), Forrest Snow (12) and Pierce Rankin. W - Conley(2-1). L - Guidos (0-4). 2B - WSU, Matt Argyropolous; UW,Jacob Lamb, Chase Anselment. T - 4:20.  
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