May 27, 2006
Zach Clem scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning to break a 4-4 tie as the University of Washington escaped with a 5-4 win over Washington State University in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 36-22 on the season, 10-13 in conference play. Washington improves to 35-25 overall, 10-13 in Pac-10 action.
After fighting back from deficits in both the ninth and 10th innings, Washington pushed the winning run across in the 13th. In that inning, Clem led off with a single, his third hit of the game. After a sacrifice and a wild pitch, the Cougars intentionally walked the bases loaded to set up a force at any base. On a 0-2 pitch to Brett Kaluza, Nick Cebula's wild pitch allowed Clem to come home with the winning run.
The Cougars had chances in the extra frames, putting their leadoff man on in both the 12th and 13th innings, only to come away empty each time.
Entering the ninth inning WSU held a 3-1 lead, but a leadoff home run to Matt Hague made it a one-run game. That ended the day for Cougar starter Wayne Daman, who allowed just two runs over eight-plus innings, both on home runs. Mike Wagner came on and allowed three straight singles, the last to Clem which scored pinch runner Michael Burgher with the tying run. With runners at second and third with one out, Wagner settled down and struck out two Huskies to send the game into extra innings.
In the 10th pinch hitter Simi Reynolds led things off with a single through the right side on a 0-2 pitch. After being sacrificed to second by Jay Miller, Reynolds scored on Travis Coulter's single to center, putting the Cougars in the lead 4-3. In the bottom of the 10th, Hague doubled home Andy Lentz with one out, tying the game at 4-4.
Husky starter Adrian Gomez retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before hitting Travis Coulter to lead off the fourth inning. Jared Prince then drilled the first pitch he saw from Gomez deep over the left field fence, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead. It was Prince's ninth home run of the season, the second-highest total ever by a Cougar freshman.
Washington cut the lead in half in the sixth when Andy Lentz hit a solo home run over the center field fence, making it a 2-1 Cougar lead. In the eighth the Cougars regained a two-run lead as with two outs Prince drew a four-pitch walk. Jim Murphy followed by lining a 2-2 pitch off the wall in left-center, scoring Prince from first and giving WSU the 3-1 lead.
Daman had a strong outing, working into the ninth inning as he allowed two runs on five hits. He fanned seven before leaving with a 3-2 lead in the ninth. Wagner went the next three innings, allowing two runs on five hits, before giving way to Jayson Miller to start the 12th. Miller and Nick Cebula completed the Cougar pitchers who worked in the contest, with Miller taking the loss as his record fell to 2-1.
Paul Gran had a pair of hits for WSU while Prince drove in two runs on his fourth-inning home run.
Washington collected 11 hits in the contest, three each from Hague and Clem, with Hague driving in a pair of runs. On the mound, Gomez went eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Bryce Mooney, the fourth Husky pitcher of the game, went the final two innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.
The Cougars conclude their series at Washington Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Husky Ballpark.