March 23, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Bradley Boyer's two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning lifted the visiting Washington Huskies to a 5-3 win over Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 13-8 on the season while the Huskies improve to 12-9.
With two outs and Joey Dunn on first, Boyer lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left, giving Washington a 5-3 lead. WSU had one final chance in the bottom of the frame but Husky reliever Nick Hagadone retired the side in order as he improved to 2-1 this season.
The Cougars took advantage of some timely hits to jump to an early lead. In front of a crowd of 2,507, the eighth-largest ever to see a Cougar home game, catcher Greg Lagreid put WSU on top in the second as he connected for a solo home run over the wall in right-center, his second home run of the season. In the third Travis Coulter led off with a double to left then scored on Paul Gran's sacrifice fly to center.
WSU extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth as Jim Murphy led off with a walk and Jared Prince drove him home with a double to the gap in left-center. That would be it for the Cougar offense as a Jeff Miller fifth-inning single was the last hit of the game for WSU.
Washington tied the game with a three-run sixth inning. Andy Lentz and Matt Hague had back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Jake Rife's RBI groundout and Brian Pearl's RBI triple evened the game heading into the bottom of the sixth.
In the ninth the Cougars had the winning run on third with one out, but Hagadone, the third Washington pitcher of the night, got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning and send the game into extra frames.
Wayne Daman Jr. started for WSU and worked eight innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts. Humes entered in the ninth and worked the final three innings, suffering his first loss of the season. Offensively, WSU managed just the five hits with no player having more than one.
For Washington, Boyer led the way with three hits and two RBIs while Hague, Pearl and Michael Burgher each had two hits. On the mound starter Nick Haughian went seven innings, allowing all three runs on five hits while Brandon McKerney and Hagadone did not allow a hit in their four innings of relief.
These same two teams meet again Saturday in the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Washington 000 003 000 02 - 5 13 2 Washington State 011 100 000 00 - 3 5 0 WP - Nick Hagadone (2-1). LP - Ross Humes (1-1). Save - None. WSU - Wayne Daman Jr., Ross Humes (9) and Greg Lagreid UW - Nick Haughian, Brandon McKerney (8), Nick Hagadone (9) and Joey Dunn HR - Greg Lagreid. Bradley Boyer WSU Hits - Greg Lagreid, Jared Prince, Travis Coulter, Scott Suttmeier, Jeff Miller UW Hits - Bradley Boyer 3, Matt Hague 2, Brian Pearl 2, Michael Burgher 2, Andy Lentz, Curt Rindal, Jake Rife, Ty Rasumssen E -Pearl, McKerney. 2B - Coulter, Prince, Boyer, Lentz, Hague. 3B - Pearl.