May 4, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State got a strong pitching performance from Aaron MacKenzie and three consecutive home runs in the sixth inning to beat the Washington baseball team, 6-2, Sunday in the final game of a three-game, Pac-10 series at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars (15-31 overall and 5-13 in the Pac-10) avoided the series and season sweep with the win while Washington fell to 31-14 on the season and 8-7 in conference play. The Huskies won five of six meetings with WSU this year and have won 18 of the last 21 against the Cougs.
MacKenzie, a right-hander from Perth, Australia, held the Huskies to two runs (one earned) on six hits in his first complete game. He walked two and struck out eight to improve to 4-4.
WSU took advantage of a pair Husky errors in the third to take their first lead of the weekend. Catcher Jon Baeder reached when he ground ball got through the legs of Husky third baseman John Otness. After a sacrifice moved Baeder to second, Justin Hart reached on a misplay by UW shortstop Tila Reynolds to put runners at first and third. Baeder scored on a sacrifice fly from Jay Miller and WSU led, 1-0, through three.
More Husky miscues led to two more Cougar runs in the fourth. Jeremy Farrar was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After a Grant Richardson single put runners at first and third, Farrar scored on a Clay Johnson wild pitch. A groundout moved Richardson to third and he scored on another wild pitch, increasing WSU's lead to 3-0.
In the sixth, WSU led off the inning with back-to-back-to-back home runs from Farrar, Richardson and Wes Falkenborg to pad their lead to 6-0. The Richardson blast was his 11th of the season and marked his fourth straight game with a home run.
It took an error and a passed ball for the Huskies to finally break through for their first run. With one down in the seventh, Otness drew a walk. He moved to second on a groundout and to third on the passed ball before scoring on a two-out fielding error by Cougar third baseman Bruce Jacobsen.
Washington tacked on another run in the eighth as Taylor Johnson singled and Brent Lillibridge doubled to put runners at second and third. A Greg Isaacson groundout drove in Johnson, but the Huskies stranded Lillibridge at third and WSU maintained a 6-2 lead.
Johnson, the Husky starter, took the loss, surrendering the three homers before being lifted in the sixth. He allowed six hits and six runs (five earned) over five-plus innings of work to drop hs record to 4-3 on the season. Lillibridge, the Huskies' freshman center fielder, collected two doubles on the day to lead the UW offense.
Next up, the Huskies return home for a pair on non-conference game Tuesday and Wednesday vs. Portland. Both games -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday -- will air live in the Seattle area on KKNW AM-1150
LINESCORE Washington State 6, Washington 2 Washington 000 000 110 -- 2 6 2 Washington State 001 203 00x -- 6 6 2 Clay Johnson, David Dowling (6), Brian Carter (7) and Aaron Hathaway. Aaron MacKenzie and Jon Baeder. W - MacKenzie (4- 4). L - Johnson (4-3). 2B - UW, Brent Lillibridge 2. HR - WSU, Jeremy Farrar (4), Grant Richardson (11), Wes Falkenborg (2). T - 2:44. A - 425. Records: UW 31-14, 8-7 Pac-10; WSU 15-31, 5-13 Pac-10.