May 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior James Wise fired eight shutout innings to lead Washington State past No. 25 Stanford 4-2 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Saturday.
With the victory, the Cougars (27-18, 10-10 Pac-10) even the three-game series and pulled back within a game of Stanford (27-19, 11-9 Pac-10) in the conference standings.
"James Wise pitched his best game since he arrived on campus," WSU Head Coach said. "We needed a great effort from our starting pitcher today and James gave us exactly that."
The eight innings were a career high for Wise (2-1) and he fanned a career-high eight hitters. He allowed four hits and only two runners past first base.
Wise added, "I felt like I had good command of all my pitches. Ponce (WSU catcher Jay Ponciano) called a great game. I think I shook him off once all day."
The Cougars added a run in the fourth on a one-out triple by Ponciano and a two-out single by Bartlett. Ponciano increased the lead to 4-0 with a home run leading off the sixth.
Seth Harvey relieved Wise to begin the bottom of the ninth, but was lifted after giving up a single and a walk. Paris Shewey gave up a pair of singles sandwiched around a sacrifice fly and Stanford was within 4-2 with runners at first and second and one out. Adam Conley gave up a single to load the bases, and then induced Adam Gaylord to ground into a 4-6-3 game-ending double play for his 10th save
The series concludes, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
Adam Conley moved into a tie for second on the WSU single-season list for saves with 10 and into a tie for third all-time with 11...Jay Ponciano's home run in the sixth inning was his first since May 24, 2009 against Washington...Cougars defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the 10th time this season.