Home Run Lifts Washington Past WSU 9-8 In 13
May 2, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State rallied from a 6-0 deficit to force extra innings, but then allowed a Mike Wagner home run in the top of the 13th inning, giving Washington a 9-8 win in Pacific-10 Conference action Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Garrett Alwert (1-4) pitched 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run and two hits, including Wagner's game-winner, in the losing effort for WSU (14-30 overall, 4-12 Pac-10). Trent Baysinger (2-1) threw two innings of no-hit, scoreless ball to notch the win for Washington (30-13, 7-6).
At the plate, Jay Miller led the way for the Cougars with a 3-for-6 night. Jeremy Farrar, Grant Richardson and Steve Mortimer added two hits each. Richardson hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth inning that tied that game 7-7. Three Washington players had three hits each.
The Huskies started fast, getting a run in the top of the first and five in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. The Cougars, though, rallied, scoring four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to tie the game.
In the fourth, Miller led-off with a double. After Richardson grounded out, Derek Bruce was hit by a pitch. Jonathan Fender followed with a double that plated Miller. Mortimer then reached on a fielder's choice, while Bruce was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home. Jon Baeder then singled home Fender. After Wes Falkenborg walked, Farrar singled up the middle, scoring Baeder and Mortimer.
After Washington added a run in their half of the fifth, Miller led off the Cougar half with a single and Richardson followed by smacking a homer over the left field wall. Two batters later, Mortimer singled, scoring Derek Bruce.
The Huskies added another run in the seventh, but the Cougars responded an inning later.
After being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on balk, Fender advanced to third on Mortimer's sacrifice bunt. Robert Stahlke then scored Fender on a double to left center field.
WSU starter Tony Banaszak left with two outs in the seventh due to back spasms. Banaszak tossed 6.2 innings, surrendering 13 hits and seven earned runs. Brett Beetham replaced him, before giving way to Alwert in the eighth.
In the top of the 13th, Alwert retired the leadoff batter, before allowing Wagner's home run.
In the bottom of the inning, Baysinger, a Moscow, Idaho native, hit Mortimer with a pitch, before settling down to retire the side.
The two teams continue their series tomorrow at 1 p.m. the Cougars are expected to send Bryce Chamberlin to the mound.
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