March 24, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Curt Rindal had four hits to lead a 22-hit Husky attack as Washington defeated Washington State 15-4 in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars drop the first two games of the series and fall to 13-9, 0-2 in conference play. Washington improves to 13-9 overall, 2-0 in Pac-10 action.
The Huskies struck early, putting up three runs in the first inning. After Cougar starter Nick Ison retired Bradley Boyer to lead off the game, Washington strung together four straight hits, the last a double by Joey Lind for the second run of the inning. Brian Pearl's RBI groundout brought home the final run of the frame.
The Cougars got one back in the bottom of the first but had a golden chance to get more. Travis Coulter led off with a double and scored on Simi Reynolds' RBI single to right. Following back-to-back walks, the bases were loaded with no outs. Husky starter Jorden Merry escaped without further damage, retiring the next three batters to keep the 3-1 lead in tact.
The teams traded runs in the fifth with the Huskies taking advantage of a Cougar error and Jared Prince getting the run back in the bottom of the inning with his first home run of the season, a two-out solo shot over the center field wall.
Washington then broke the game open with three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, taking a commanding 10-2 lead. All six runs came with two outs as Washington strung together four two-out hits in that span. Prince added a two-run single in the seventh, scoring Coulter and Cody Bartlett, cutting the Husky lead to 10-4, but it was too late.
Washington capped the scoring with a five-run eighth inning as it put together six hits and batted around the order.
Rindal was one of eight Husky player to have multi-hit days, including pinch-hitter Ty Rasmussen who entered in the sixth and had three hits and four RBIs. That was more than enough for Merry, who improved to 5-1 on the season as he went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.
The Cougars managed nine hits on the afternoon, three by Coulter and two by Prince who drove in three runs on the day. Starter Nick Ison suffered the loss as his record fell to 3-3 after going five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Five pitchers saw action on the mound for WSU and they were not helped by four defensive errors which led to six unearned runs on the game.
The series finale will be played Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field with first pitch scheduled for noon.
Washington 300 013 350 - 15 22 0 Washington State 100 010 200 - 4 9 4 WP - Jorden Merry (5-1). LP - Nick Ison (3-3). Save - None. WSU - Nick Ison, Jayson Miller (6), Seth Harvey (7), Garrett Kimbrel (8), Matt Way (9) and Greg Lagreid, Nick Hall UW - Jorden Merry, Harrison Bishop (8) and Joey Dunn, Max Kwan HR - Jared Prince WSU Hits - Travis Coulter 3, Jared Prince 2, Simi Reynolds, Paul Gran, Jim Murphy, Cody Bartlett UW Hits - Curt Rindal 4, Ty Rasmussen 3, Bradley Boyer 2, Andy Lentz 2, Matt Hague 2, Joey Lind 2, Joey Dunn 2, Michael Burgher 2, Brian Pearl, Jake Rife, Trevor Petersen E -Miller 3, Bartlett. 2B - Coulter, Rindal, Lind, Rasmussen. 3B - Dunn.
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