May 4, 2007
SEATTLE - Jake Rife and Michael Burgher drove in two runs each and Danny Cox doubled, tripled and scored three runs as the Washington baseball team beat No. 8 Oregon State 6-2 Friday night at Safeco Field.
A crowd of 10,421 watched the game, the largest attendance for a conference game in Pac-10 history. The previous largest crowd ever to watch a Pac-10 conference game was 9,772 (Arizona State at Arizona, May 10, 1980). It's also the second-largest crowd ever to watch a UW game, just shy of the crowd of 10,688 that watched the 1997 NCAA Regional final vs. Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
UW sophomore starter Jason Erickson (3-1) picked up the victory, allowing one run on four hits over six innings. OSU ace Mike Stutes (9-2) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits over five and one-third innnings.
The win moved the Huskies (22-20 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10) into sole possession of fourth place in the league, breaking a tie with the Beavers (34-10, 6-7).
In the fourth, after Joey Dunn was hit by a pitch and Danny Cox walked, Burgher singled to drive in the UW's second run. Rife came through again, following Burgher's RBI single with one of his own, giving the UW a 3-0 lead.
Oregon State broke through for its first run in the fifth. After loading the bases with one out on two walks and a single, a groundout from Mike Lissman sent home Mitch Canham.
Washington got that run back, and another, in the bottom of the sixth as Cox, the Husky shortstop from Chehalis, tripled and scored on a single from Burgher. Burgher then stole second and scored on a single from Matt Hague, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
OSU threatened in the eighth, getting the first two runners aboard on a single and a walk. However, the Huskies allowed just one run to score, on a pinch-hit single from John Wallace. The UW scored its final run on a single from Curt Rindal in the eighth.
The Huskies and Beavers continue the three-games series Saturday at Husky Ballpark. Gametime is 2:00 p.m. The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. Both games will air live in the Seattle area on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 6, #8 Oregon State 2 Oregon State 000 010 010 -- 2 9 2 Washington 001 202 01x -- 6 9 2 Mike Stutes, Daniel Turpen (6) and Mitch Canham. Jason Erickson, Jorden Merry (7), Tyler Cheney (7), Brandon McKerney (8), Nick Hagadone (9) and Joey Dunn. W - Erickson (3-1). L - Stutes (9-2). 2B - OSU, Jason Ogata; UW, Curt Rindal, Danny Cox. 3B - UW, Cox. T - 3:25. A - 10,421. Records: OSU 34-10, 6-7 Pac-10; UW 22-20, 7-6 Pac- 10.