March 1, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Shea Vucinich homered twice and drove in three runs to lead Washington State past No. 16 Oklahoma 10-6 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Sunday.
After the Sooners (7-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Vucinich tied the game leading off the bottom of the first when he drilled a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field wall for his first home run of the season.
Junior Matt Fanelli followed with a single and one out later, senior Jared Prince belted a home run to left, his second of the season, to put the Cougars (2-5) on top 3-1. Senior Alex Burg capped the rally with a RBI-double after senior Greg Lagreid singled and moved to second on a walk to sophomore Matt Argyropoulos.
Oklahoma tallied single runs in the second and third to pull within 4-3, but the Cougars tacked on three runs in their half of the third inning on a run scoring-single by Burg, an error and a RBI-ground out by sophomore Ryan Peterson.
Again the Sooners rallied to within one with two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh. Leading 7-6, WSU's insurance runs came on a RBI-single by Lagreid in the seventh and a two-run blast by Vucinich in the eighth.
Sophomore Paris Shewey (1-0) blanked the Sooners for two and one-third innings in relief to earn his first-collegiate win and redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson picked up his first-career save with three innings of work and a career-high six strikeouts.
"We needed Paris Shewey when we brought him in today as much as we have needed anyone this season and he came up big for us," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Jeremy Johnson is someone we have raved about for two years. He is finally healthy and he showed what he can do. Shea Vucinich is a guy who is going to hit some home runs for us if he just stays within himself."
The Cougars conclude their homestand when they host Gonzaga, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore Shea Vucinich became the first Cougar to lead off a game with a home run since Jeff Miller against Lewis-Clark State, May 11, 2005...the two-homer game was the first of Vucinich's career...redshirt-sophomore Chad Arnold started on the mound for WSU and walked a career-high seven, the most by a Cougar pitcher since James Freeman's seven at California, March 24, 2005...Oklahoma's Casey Johnson was ejected in the sixth inning.