April 3, 2010
SEATTLE - In his first college start, Husky freshman Adam Cimber worked six strong innings for the win as the Washington baseball team beat Washington State, 4-3, in the second game of a doubleheader and the third game of both teams' Pac-10 opening series Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Sophomore center fielder Caleb Brown provided the bulk of the Husky offense as he broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run triple in the fifth.
Washington (14-11 overall, 2-1) took the three-game set, two games to one. Earlier Saturday, Washington State (15-9, 1-2) beat the UW, 6-5 in 12 innings in the first game of the doubleheader. Thursday, the Dawgs won, 3-2, as all three games were decided by a run.
Cimber, the Huskies' regular closer, improved to 2-1 with the victory. The righty from Puyallup High, allowed seven hits, all singles, walked two and struck out two. He entered the game having made 12 appearances this season, all in relief.
WSU reliever Richie Ochoa (1-2) gave up three runs in an inning and a third to suffer the loss.
The Cougars and Huskies each scored a run in the first. WSU got on the board when Brett Jacobs singled, stole second and scored on a single from Derek Jones. The Huskies got a leadoff double from Bradley Boyer, who scored when a bunt from Doug Cherry was misplayed for an error.
Washington, held to just the one hit through the first four and one-third innings, finally broke through with a rally in the fifth. After loading the bases on an infield single and two walks, Brown laced a triple past diving WSU center fielder Garry Kuykendall to clear the bases, staking the UW with a 4-1 lead.
WSU opened the seventh with a single and a hit batter to end Cimber's outing. After an infield single loaded the bases, Kuykendall hit a fly to right to get one run in, but Patrick Claussen was cut down at the plate trying to score from second when the throw back to the infield got past the cutoff man, leaving the Huskies with a 4-2 lead.
In the eighth, WSU's Derek Jones and Matt Fanelli opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 4-3, but UW reliever Jacob Clem got a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to end the threat with that lead in tact.
Clem earned the save, his first of the year, pitching the final two and one-third innings.
Next up for Washington is a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday at Gonzaga. Next Friday through Saturday, Arizona visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game series.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Doubleheader - Game 2 Washington 4, Washington State 3 Washington State 100 000 010 -- 3 10 3 Washington 100 030 00x -- 4 5 1 David Stilley, James Wise (4), Richie Ochoa (4), Connor Lambert (5), Seth Harvey (8) and Kyle Buchanan, Paul Clingan (7), Jay Ponciano (8). Adam Cimber, Adrian Gomez (7), Jacob Clem (7) and Miles Kizer. W - Cimber (2-1). L - Ochoa (1-2). Sv - Clem (1). 2B - WSU, Derek Jones, Matt Fanelli; UW, Bradley Boyer. 3B - UW, Caleb Brown. T - 2:46. A - 1,037. Records: WSU 15-9, 1-2 Pac-10; UW 14-11; 2-1 Pac-10.