May 11, 2008
SEATTLE - Junior Nick Haughian struck out 11 in a complete game and sophomore Kyle Conley hit a pair of two-run homers as the Washington baseball team picked up a series win over Washington State with 5-1 victory Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
The victory gave the Huskies (31-17 overall, 10-8 in the Pac-10) a 2-1 win in the Apple Cup series and, coupled with a California loss to Stanford, put the Huskies back in third place in the conference. The Cougars dropped to 27-22 overall and 6-12 in the Pac-10.
Haughian (6-4) held the Cougars to one run on only four hits over his nine innings. With his 11 strikeouts, he now has 99 on the year, one short of becoming just the fourth different Husky pitcher in history to record 100 strikeouts in a season.
Conley, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after his 8-for-10 weekend at USC, hit two-run homers in the first and third inning. He also singled and was walked intentionally to finish 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Conley's two homers were his 15th and 16th of the season and his 11th and 12th in the UW's last 19 games.
Washington got off the mark in the bottom of the first inning. With David Bentrott aboard with two outs, Conley lifted a high homer into the wind in left field, staking the UW with a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Conley did it again. After Andy Lentz reached on a two-out single to center, Conley went the opposite way, slicing a ball inside the right-field foul pole to increase the Husky lead to 4-0.
In the fourth, Husky second baseman Bradley Boyer went deep, leading off the inning with his fourth home run of the season. That shot ended the day for WSU starter Chad Arnold (2-5), who suffered the loss.
After allowing a leadoff single in the first, Haughian faced the minimum over the first four and one-third innings, retiring 12 in a row before walking Alex Burg with one out in the fifth. After that walk, the Cougars got a single and a hit batter to load the bases for Michael Weber, whose sacrifice fly sent in Burg with the lone WSU run.
The Cougars threatened in the ninth as Jim Murphy led off with a broken-bat single and Jared Prince walked. However, Burg grounded into a double play and Haughian struck out Scott Suttmeier to end the game.
NOTE: The Huskies' game vs. Lewis-Clark State, originally scheduled for this Tuesday, has been moved back a week to May 20. The UW will not play a game this Tuesday, May 13. Next up for the Huskies is a three-game series at No. 3 Arizona State, the Pac-10's first-place team.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 5, Washington State 1 Washington State 000 010 000 -- 1 4 0 Washington 202 100 00x -- 5 9 0 Chad Arnold, Ross Humes (4), Andrew Davis (8) and Greg Lagreid. Nick Haughian and Joey Dunn. W - Haughian (6-4). L - Arnold (2-5). 2B - UW, Brian Pearl. HR - UW, Kyle Conley 2 (16), Bradley Boyer (4). T - 2:36. A - 1,093. Records: WSU 27-22, 6-12; UW 31-17 overall, 10-8 Pac-10.