WSU Nips UW, 3-2, In Regular-Season Finale
May 27, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington State emerged from a tightly-contest pitchers' duel with a 3-2 win over the Washington baseball team on the final day of the regular season Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
Washington finished the regular season with a 30-25 overall record and a 13-17 Pac-12 record. WSU improved to 28-28 overall and 11-19 in the conference.
Both starting pitchers turned in solid outings, with WSU freshman Joe Pistorese (4-3) picking up the win. He worked six and one-third innings, allowing one run on four hits. Husky sophomore starter Jeff Brigham (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings.
Washington State took its first lead of the series Sunday, scoring a run in the first. After singles from Kyle Johnson and Patrick Claussen, as well as a wild pitch, put runners at second and third with no outs, a sacrifice fly from Taylor Ard drove in Johnson. Claussen, however, was stranded at third base as Brigham fanned the next two WSU batters to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, the Huskies drew even. Jayce Ray singled and Branden Berry was hit by a pitch to put two runners aboard for the UW. With two outs and those to runners at third and second, Trevor Mitsui hit a sharp ground ball that was knocked down by WSU second baseman Tommy Richards. His throw to first was too late to get Mitsui, scoring Ray, but Berry tried to come in on the play and was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
That 1-1 score held up until the top of the sixth. Patrick Claussen led off the sixth with a single through the right side and then scored from first when Derek Jones laced a one-out double off of the wall in center field, putting WSU in front, 2-1.
In the seventh, WSU shortstop Ian Sagdal reached on a two-base error and Johnson doubled off the fence in left field to drive him in, increasing the lead to 3-1.
Washington got a run back in the eighth. Caleb Brown walked to lead off the inning and, after moving to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch, he scored on a two-out single from Robert Pehl, cutting the Cougar lead to 3-2.
Pehl was the lone Husky to notch multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The 64-team field for the NCAA tournament will be announced Monday at 9:00 a.m. PT on ESPNU television. Four Pac-12 teams (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA) were selected as hosts on Sunday and are therefore already in the field. Oregon State is also expected to make the tournament while Washington is on the bubble.