March 23, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Bradley Boyer's two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning lifted the Washington baseball team to a 5-3 win over Washington State Friday night in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Bailey-Brayton Field.
A crowd of 2,507, the eighth-largest in Bailey-Brayton Field history watched Washington improve to 12-9 on the season, 1-0 in Pac-10. The Cougars fell to 13-8 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Huskies got a runner aboard in the 11th when Joey Dunn reached on a one-out walk. After a second out, Boyer, a sophomore from Enumclaw High, lifted a high fly ball to left that narrowly cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer of the season.
Husky closer Nick Hagadone (2-1) earned the victory in relief. Over two and two-thirds perfect innings, he struck out four. WSU closer Ross Humes suffered the loss, working three innings.
Cougar catcher Greg Lagreid gave the home team an early lead when the hit a solo homer to center in the bottom of the second, his second of the season. WSU added to its lead in the third when Travis Coulter led off with a double and eventually scored on a Paul Gran sacrifice fly.
In the fourth, Jim Murphy drew a walk to lead off the fourth and then scored all the way from first on a double from Jared Prince, putting the Cougars on top 3-0 after four innings.
Washington had threatened but hadn't scored going into the sixth inning. Junior Andy Lentz doubled to lead off and then scored on a double from Matt Hague. Hague eventually scored on a Jake Rife groundout to cut the lead to 3-2. With two outs and no one on, Ty Rasmussen singled and scored on a double from freshman Brian Pearl to tie the score at 3-3.
WSU had a good chance to win the game in the ninth as Zach Borba reached on an error and eventually made it to third with one out, but Hagadone struck out the next two Cougar hitters to end the threat.
Husky starter Nick Haughian threw seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, but didn't figure in the decision. Cougars starter Wayne Daman junior went eight innings in a no decision, giving up three runs on 10 hits.
Both tomorrow's 2:00 p.m. game and Sunday's noon series finale can be heard in the Seattle area on KKNW AM-1150. Those radio broadcasts will also be carried on the "Dawg Channel" at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 5, Washington State 3, 11 Innings Washington 000 003 000 02 -- 5 13 2 Washington State 011 100 000 00 -- 3 5 0 Nick Haughian, Brandon McKerney (8), Nick Hagadone (9) and Joey Dunn. Wayne Daman Jr., Ross Humes (9) and Greg Lagreid. W - Hagaonde (2-1). L - Humes (1-1). 2B - UW, Bradley Boyer, Andy Lentz, Matt Hague; WSU, Travis Coulter, Jared Prince. 3B - UW, Brian Pearl. HR - UW, Boyer (2); WSU, LaGreid (2). T - 3:12. A - 2,507. Records: UW 12-9, 1- 0 Pac-10; WSU 13-8, 0-1 Pac-10.