April 19, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Husky reliever Ken Ferguson gave a strong pitching performance to help lead Washington (24-13, 10-6) over Washington State (19-17, 9-6) 11-8 on a sunny Sunday afternoon in front of 878 fans at Bailey Field.
Ferguson (1-0), a sophomore from Issaquah, Wash., entered in relief of starter Bryan Williamson in the fourth inning and gave up only one run and two hits in his outing. Williamson was touched for seven runs and hits in his 3.1 innings on the mound.
Washington State starter Dave Wheeler saw only an inning and two-thirds on the mound while giving up six runs. Les McTavish saw action in relief for the second game in a row and faired very well. The sophomore from Slave Lake, Alberta gave up one run on two Husky hits in just over five innings of work.
Reggie Rivard (0-2) picked up the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Ole Vigeland and Aaron Cozzens also saw brief action out of the bullpen.
Nick Stefonick led the Huskies at the plate for the second time in the weekend series, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. His two-run double to centerfield in the top of the ninth gave Washington a much needed insurance run. Third baseman Ryan Lentz added two doubles in the win.
Casey Kelley turned in the most notable performance at the plate for the Cougs with a 2-for-3 game, including his league-leading 16th home run of the season. Shortstop Shawn Stevenson was 2-for-4 and finished the weekend series with the Huskies 7-for-15. Catcher Jeff Scherer added his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
The day started out gloomy for the Cougars, as they watched Wheeler yield five runs to the Huskies in the first frame. But little, bye little the Cougar line up whittled their way back into the game. Kelley started the WSU scoring with a homer to center field in the bottom of the first.
The Cougs scored two in the third to cut the Washington lead to 6-3 and in the fourth scored four runs to tie the game at seven.
With the score tied at seven after the fourth, the hitters duel quickly turned into a pitchers duel. McTavish and Ferguson matched each other inning for inning, both not allowing a run until the ninth.
Washington rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth, much to the help of two costly Cougar errors. Ferguson took the hill in the bottom of the ninth nearing the 100 pitch count with a 11-7 lead, and yielded only one run to secure the win and season split of eight games.
The Cougs will host non-conference rival Gonzaga for the eighth and last time this season Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Bailey Field. They will then travel to Corvallis for a five-game showdown with Pac-10 North leading Oregon State. The Beavers are coming off a series sweep of the Portland State Vikings.
UW 510 100 004 - 11 9 0 WSU 102 400 001 - 8 9 3 Bryan Williamson, Ken Ferguson (4), and Pete Orgill. Dave Wheeler, Les McTavish (2), Reggie Rivard (8), Ole Vigeland (9), Aaron Cozzens (9), and Jeff Scherer. W - Ferguson (1-0); L - Rivard (0-2); HR - Kelley (16), Scherer (7). T - 3:36; A - 878. UW Hits - Stefonick 3, Lentz 2, Erickson, Na, Woods, Ticen. WSU Hits - Stevenson 2, Randall, Kelley 2, Mitchell, Scherer 2, Gleason. E - Randall, Kelley, Edler; 2B - Stefonick 2, Lentz 2, Na, Stevenson, Gleason. 3B - Kelley.