Oct. 8, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout and Crimson captured game one of the Washington State Fall World Series 7-0, Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Left-hander Adam Conley (1-0) pitched the first-four innings for Crimson, struck out three and walked one. Patrick Claussen's infield single to open the fourth was the only hit Gray picked up in the game. A pair of right-handers, Travis Cook and Dan Barnet, each pitched an inning of relief for Crimson in the six inning game.
Crimson's offense broke open a 0-0 game with a five-run second. Jason Monda led off the frame with a laser to right field that just cleared the wall to put Crimson on top 1-0. The home run came against right-hander Taylor Williams (0-1). Stetson Olson followed with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Jay Ponciano. After Colin Slaybaugh walked, Josh Bircher sacrificed the runners to second and third.
The strategy paid off when Kyle Johnson drilled a two-run single to give Crimson a 3-0 advantage. After Johnson stole second, Nate Blackham singled to score Johnson for a 4-0 lead. Blackham stole second and scored on a single by Adam Nelubowich.
Crimson added two runs in the fifth against right-hander Mitchell McQueen. Nelubowich singled. Tommy Richards reached on a fielder's choice and Nelubowich was safe at second on an error. Monda moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and Olson plated the runs with a double.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.