Washington Wins Slugfest Over WSU 18-12
March 26, 2002
LEWISTON, Idaho - Washington State pounded out 19 hits off six Washington pitchers, but the Huskies won the battle of runs with an 18-12 non-conference baseball win over WSU Tuesday at Harris Field.
Jay Garthwaite did more than his share of damage for the Huskies, who captured both non-Pac-10 games with WSU. The Husky center fielder collected four hits and drove home five runs, including a two-run home run in the second inning.
Will Fenton (1-1), the third Washington (11-8-1) pitcher, picked up the win, whileLanakila Niles (1-2) took the loss for WSU (10-15), which has lost nine straight.
WSU's 19 hits was a season-high. Evan Hecker and Falkenborg each had three hits, while Justin Hart, Bookie Gates and Jeff LaRue each had two hits. In all, 12 of 19 Cougar batters had at least one hit.
Free passes to first base hurt the Cougars throughout the game. Four WSU pitchers issued six walks and hit three Washington batters. Five Husky runs were scored by batters who walked or were hit by a pitch. Five errors added to WSU's woes, but only led to one unearned run.
The two teams did much of their damage in bunches. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the second, the Cougars scored six times to take a 7-2 lead. Washington, in their next plate appearance, answered WSU's challenge with five tallies in the top of the third. Both teams scored three times in their half of the fourth, but then the Cougars went cold.
While the Huskies added five runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, WSU failed to tally for four straight innings, collecting just two hits. The Cougars then closed out the game with two runs in the ninth.
Falkenborg drove home WSU's first run in the first inning and then singled home another run in the second. Jeff LaRue and Derek Bruce also had run-scoring hits in the second. In the fourth, Jon Baeder singled home two runs for WSU and Falkenborg singled in another tally as the Cougars pulled even with Washington 10-10.
David Eno's two-run double in the ninth closed out the Cougar scoring.
Garthwaite, in addition to his second-inning home run, singled home runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. Kyle Larson, hitting in front of Garthwaite, collected three hits and drove home four runs, two with a single in the third and two more with a sixth inning double.
Brandon Jacobson hit his first home run of the season for Washington, a two-run shot in the seventh. Aaron Hathaway also had a key hit for the Huskies, a two-run single in the sixth.
Washington State returns to action Thursday, hosting Pace University from Pleasantville, New York, in the first of three games. Friday to the two teams play a doubleheader. WSU officials will announce Wednesday the location of the series, Pullman if WSU's Bailey-Brayton Stadium field is playable, or Harris Field in Lewiston.
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