April 17, 2007
Humes entered in the seventh with runners and second and third and worked out of jams in both the seventh and eighth to keep the Cougar lead at two runs. In the top of the ninth catcher Greg Lagreid led off with a long home run to left, his sixth home run of the season, tying him with Jeff Miller for the team lead. In the bottom of the inning Humes retired the Bulldogs in order as the Cougars snapped a five-game skid and improved to 17-17 overall. Humes sixth save tied him for fifth on WSU's single-season list and kept him perfect in six opportunities.
Much like the contest last week in Pullman, the Cougars jumped out early, scoring four runs in the second inning. Paul Gran drove in the first with an infield single. One out later, Bartlett drilled a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run home run. It marked Bartlett's second home run of the season, with his first also being a three-run shot at Patterson Baseball Complex.
CJ McClure came on to start the third in relief of Gonzaga (23-18) starter Bobby McEwen and gave up a one-out walk to Lagreid which came back to haunt the Bulldogs. Simi Reynolds followed with a single to center then Gran lined a two-out single to left, plating Lagreid for Gran's second RBI of the night and a 5-0 WSU lead.
Gonzaga put up a single run in the third but it could have been more. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs against Cougar starter Michael Ratigan. Evan Wells hit into a double play that brought home Dustin Colclough who led off the inning with a single. Ratigan then fanned Bryan Winston to get out of the inning with a four-run lead.
WSU added a run in the fifth as Bartlett's sacrifice fly to right brought home Reynolds, who led off with a single to center.
With one run already in, no outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, Jeremy Johnson came on to pitch for WSU. Shawn Wayt greeted Johnson with a single to left, scoring a pair of runs. Aaron McGuinness then tried to bunt his way one, but grounded into the 5-3-6 double play. After hitting the next batter, Johnson struck out Mike Terry to end the inning with WSU leading 6-4.
WSU ended the night with 14 hits, three by Gran and two each by Reynolds, Lagreid, Travis Coulter and Scott Suttmeier. Lagreid also scored three runs. Ratigan picked up the win to improve to 2-2, going five innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
Gonzaga collected nine hits on the night, two each by Bryan Winston, Darin Holcomb and Wayt. McEwen suffered the loss as he lasted just two innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
The Cougars are back in action Friday when they begin a three-game series against No. 12 Arizona at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
WSU BASEBALL Washington State 041 010 001 - 7 14 2 Gonzaga 001 003 000 - 4 9 1 WP - Michael Ratigan (2-2). LP - Bobby McEwen (1-2). Save - Ross Humes (6). WSU - Michael Ratigan, Steve Kost (6), Jeremy Johnson (6), Ross Humes (7) and Greg Lagreid. GON - Bobby McEwen, CJ McClure (3), Chris Highmark (5), Matt Fields (8) and Dustin Colclough WSU Hits - Paul Gran 3, Simi Reynolds 2, Scott Suttmeier 2, Travis Coulter 2, Greg Lagreid 2, Cody Bartlett, Jim Murphy, Jeff Miller. GON Hits - Bryan Winston 2, Shawn Wayt 2, Darin Holcomb 2, Aaron McGuinness, Dustin Colclough, Brandon Blank E - Bartlett 2, McGuinness. 2B - Lagreid. 3B - None. HR - Cody Bartlett, Greg Lagreid.