UW senior Matt Gardner (2-0), who entered the game in the fourth inning and continued Saturday to finish the game, earned the victory. The lefty threw four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He took advantage of three of the four double plays the Huskies turned in the game.
Cougar starter Zach Fisher (0-6) worked four and two-thirds innings in the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits. The Cougar defense made eight errors in the game, including three from Bookie Gates and two each from Tanner Kahler and Brent Robertson.
The Cougars took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, as Stefan Bailie's three-run homer, his 14th, capped the outburst. The Huskies, down 5-2 entering the fifth, took advantage of three WSU errors in the fifth to score five runs and take a lead they'd never surrender.
Michael Done got that five-run fifth started with a two-run double. Washington tied it at 5-5 when Brandon Jacobson singled home Done and the Huskies took a lead when Ben Johnson scored from third base on an error by Robertson at third base.
All nine Husky starters had a hit in the game. Tyler Davidson went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Reynolds had three hits and two RBI and Garthwaite finished 2-for-6 with four runs batted in.
Mike Knight led the Cougars with three hits, including two doubles, in five at bats.
The Huskies and Cougars will continue the three-game series with game two Saturday afternoon. Sunday's finale is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 15, Washington State 8 Washington 011 050 080 -- 15 19 2 Wash. St. 401 010 020 -- 8 14 8 Jeff Carlsen, Matt Gardner (4), Tyler Shepple (8) and Ben Johnson. Zach Fisher, Jamin Svendsen (5), Sean Donlin (9) and Jon Baeder. W - Gardner (2-0). L - Fisher (0-6). 2B - UW, Tyler Davidson, Michael Done, WSU, Mike Knight 2, Bookie Gates. HR - UW, Jay Garthwaite (4), WSU, Stefan Bailie (14). T - 3:18. A - 869.