April 13, 2013
Washington State 9, Arizona 5 (Box Score)
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State picked up where it left off last night, scoring twice in the eighth inning on Saturday en route to a 9-5 victory over Arizona as the two schools resumed a game that was suspended due to rain after seven innings on Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Washington State (18-13, 5-5 Pac-12) was leading Arizona (21-12, 6-7 Pac-12), 7-4, in the eighth inning when play was suspended due to rain on Friday night. The game resumed from its point of interruption today at noon.
The Cougars scored twice in the eighth against reliever Cody Moffett, who surrendered a two-out bloop single to right field off the bat of Austin Pernell. An earlier walk resulted in both runs being unearned.
Trailing by five, the Wildcats put their first two runners on base in the top of the ninth. Johnny Field drove in his fifth run of the game with a sacrifice fly, setting the score at its final, 9-5.
On Friday, Washington State jumped out to a comfortable early lead thanks to a four-run second inning. Yale Rosen, Ian Sagdal and Shea Donlin strung together three consecutive hits, with Donlin's single driving in the game's first run. The Cougars tacked on three more runs in the inning via a passed ball, sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Arizona answered back with two runs in the top of the third. Joseph Maggi singled with one out, and Field delivered a two-run homer to left field. The round tripper was the junior's fourth of the season and 10th of his career.
The Cougars tallied another run in the bottom of the third before opening the game up again with two unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Trace Tam Sing was hit by a pitch before Pernell blooped a ball behind the second base bag.
Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman's diving attempt to catch the ball came up short, and the centerfielder, Field, tried to throw out Pernell advancing to second base. As Pernell slid into second, the ball deflected off his foot and kicked towards the left field line. The ricochet allowed both Tam Sing and Pernell to score on the play.
The Wildcats fought back with two more runs in the top of the seventh against Cougars' reliever Chris McDowell, who issued a pair of two-out walks. Field followed with a two-run triple to right field to bring the Wildcats within three runs, trailing 7-4.
Starter Konner Wadepitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to bring the Wildcats to bat in the eighth before action was called. Wade (L, 3-3) suffered the loss and was charged for seven runs allowed - five earned - on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked three.
Cougars' starter Joe Pistorese (W, 4-2) earned the victory as he surrendered just two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked four and did not issue a walk.
Kellen Camus pitched the final two innings on Saturday to earn his third save of the season. The right-hander allowed a run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Umpires and game management officials were forced to suspend action on a chilly and windy Friday evening when light rain showers began to fall shortly before the 6 p.m. first pitch. The rain persisted throughout the game and began to fall harder in the late stages, prompting umpires to call a rain delay at 8:05 p.m. After showers continued, the game was officially suspended at 8:40 p.m.
The two teams will play the second game of the series today at 1:30 p.m. (PDT). The game will be broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson beginning at 1:20 p.m. Sunday's series finale is slated for noon.