May 9, 2008
SEATTLE - Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week Kyle Conley had three more hits, including a home run and a double, and junior right-hander Jorden Merry improved his perfect season record to 8-0 as the Washington baseball team opened a three-game series against Washington State with an 12-3 win Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
A crowd of 1,581 watched as the Huskies broke a 3-3 tie with an eight-run seventh inning. Merry, a junior from Pasco, threw seven innings for the victory. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.
Conley, a redshirt-sophomore from Richland, was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Last weekend at USC, he went 8-for-10 with nine RBI and in a win Tuesday at Portland, he hit a two-run homer.
Washington (30-16 overall, 9-7 in the Pac-10) retained sole possession of third place in the conference with its fifth straight win while the Cougars fell to 26-21 overall and 5-11 in Pac-10 play.
The game was a pitchers' duel through the first four-and-a-half innings. WSU had the better chances as the Cougars got runners to third with one out in both the first and fourth innings, but in both cases, Merry got crucial strikeouts to keep the game scoreless. Over that same period, the Huskies didn't get a runner past first base.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, Husky freshman first baseman Troy Scott broke the deadlock with one swing, leading off the inning with his seventh home run of the year. After two outs, Joey Dunn and David Bentrott drew walks and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Andy Lentz followed with a single through the right side to drive in one, but Bentrott was thrown out at the plate on a call that was argued extensively by Husky head coach Ken Knutson.
In the top of the sixth, after a hit batter and a single, Cougars third baseman Paul Gran belted a three-run homer to left, his 10th of the season, to put the visitors on top, 3-2.
But, Washington answered in the bottom of the inning when Conley drove a solo homer to dead center field, his 14th home run of the season and 10th in the last 17 games.
Then in the seven, the Huskies broke out with eight runs. After loading the bases on a double, a hit batter and a walk, Bradley Boyer forced in a run when he drew a bases-loaded free pass. Conley followed with a double down the left-field line to send home two more and singles from Aaron Russell and Michael Burgher drove in a run each to give the Huskies a 8-3 lead.
The inning continued as Brian Pearl, who began the inning with a leadoff double, drove in two more with a single. He scored on a double from Joey Dunn to wrap up the inning with the UW on top, 11-3. Ty Rasmussen had a pinch-hit RBI single to drive in the UW's 12th run in the eighth.
WSU reliever Andrew Davis, who entered the game to start the eighth and allowed two runs in his one-third of an inning, took the loss to fall to 5-3. Starter Matt Way went six innings, giving up three runs, but didn't figure into the decision.
Pearl, Lentz and Scott each had three hits for the Huskies. WSU's Scott Suttmeier notched three hits to lead his team.
The Huskies and Cougars continue the series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game. Sunday's finale is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start. Both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 12, Washington State 3 Washington State 000 003 000 -- 3 7 2 Washington 000 021 81x -- 12 13 0 Matt Way, Andrew Davis (7), Steve Kost (7), Michael Ratigan (7) and Greg Lagreid. Jorden Merry, Paul Dickey (8), Elliott Cribby (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Merry (8-0). L - Davis (5-3). 2B - WSU, Scott Suttmeier, Michael Weber; UW, Brian Pearl, Kyle Conley, Dunn. HR - WSU, Paul Gran (10); UW, Troy Scott (7), Conley (14). T - 3:02. A - 1,581. Records: WSU 26-21, 5-11; UW 30-16 overall, 9-7 Pac-10.