May 15, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior Jared Prince was 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead Washington State past Oregon State 7-6 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Friday.
Sophomore Garry Kuykendall added a career-high three hits for Washington State (27-21, 15-7 Pac-10). Senior Matt Way (8-4) pitched six and one-third innings for the victory. Redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson recorded the final eight outs for his ninth save.
"It was a tough, tough, Friday night game in the Pac-10," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Offensively, we were as good as we have been in a long time. I didn't think Matt (Way) had his best stuff tonight, but he grinded it out and Jeremy (Johnson) was outstanding out of the bullpen."
The Cougars jumped on Oregon State (30-15, 12-10 Pac-10) starter Tanner Robles (1-2) for three runs in the first inning. Kuykendall led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by sophomore Shea Vucinich. One out later, Prince drilled a ball inside the bag at first for a RBI-double. Freshman Derek Jones knocked in Prince with a single to left. After redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano was hit by a pitch, junior Michael Weber singled through the left side to score Jones.
The Beavers tallied a run in the second, but WSU answered in the third when senior Greg Lagreid was hit by a pitch, Prince doubled and Jones singled.
OSU scored twice in the bottom of the third, and again the Cougars responded, this time with a two-run fourth. Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett led off with a home run to put WSU on top 5-3. Kuykendall followed with a single. With one out, he moved to second on a wild pitch and with two outs scored on a single by Prince.
In the sixth, the Cougars increased their lead to 7-3 on a one-out single by Kuykendall, a walk to Vucinich, and a two-out hit by Prince.
The Beavers chipped away with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to cut their deficit to 7-5. Adalberto Santo opened the eighth with a home run off Johnson that pulled OSU within a run. The Beavers put runners at second and third with one out, but Johnson fanned John Tommasini and induced Michael Miller to ground out to end the threat. Johnson retired the Beavers in order in the ninth on three ground balls.
The series continues, Saturday at 2 p.m.
Redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson's ninth save moved him into third place on the WSU single-season list and into a tie for fourth on the Cougar career list...senior Matt Way became the second left-hander in school history (John Olerud, 113 in 1988) to record 100 strikeouts in season...he has 101 this year to place sixth on the Cougars' single-season list and his 216 career punch outs are tied for eighth all-time at WSU...senior Jared Prince played in his 213th game as a Cougar, tied for seventh in school history...three RBI tied him for seventh all-time at WSU with 156 and his two doubles moved him into eighth all-time as a Cougar with 51...Derek Jones collected two RBI and is seventh-best at WSU as a freshman with 33.