Huskies win first game of baseball Apple Cup

Pac-10 player of the week Kyle Conley continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 5 with a home run and two run double in an eight run seventh inning to lead the 30th ranked Huskies to a 12-3 win over the Washington State Cougars in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Friday evening.

With the win the Huskies improved to 9-7 in the Pac-10 and 30-16 overall while the Cougars dropped to 5-11 and 26-21.

The Huskies got on the board first in the bottom of the fifth and took a 2-0 lead when Troy Scott hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall, and Joey Dunn scored on a single by Andy Lentz.

The Cougars erased the deficit and went ahead 3-2 on a three run home run by Paul Gran, his 10th of the season, in the top of the sixth.

Conley, who earned Pac-10 honors by going 8 for 10 with three doubles, a triple, two homers and nine runs batted in against USC, tied the game at 3 with his team leading 14th homer, a shot off the center field screen with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

The Huskies then broke the tie and went ahead 11-3 by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh. Brian Pearl led off with a line double into the right field corner and reliever Andrew Davis and Dunn got hit by a pitch.

David Bentrott advanced the runners with a sacrifice and Lentz walked to load the bases. Bradley Boyer drew another walk to force home Pearl with the go ahead run and make it 4-3. Conley then grounded a 2-1 pitch from Michael Ratigan inside third base and down the left field line to score Dunn and Lentz for a 6-3 lead. A bloop single by Aaron Russell plated Boyer for 7-3. A pinch hit run scoring single by Michael Burgher drove in Conley to make it 8-3. Pearl drove in two more runs with another single and Dunn doubled home Pearl with the final run of the inning.

The Huskies completed the scoring with a run in the eighth. After a leadoff single by Lentz, Boyer grounded into a fielder's choice but went to second when shortstop Shea Vucinich's throw sailed into the Husky dugout. Ty Rasmussen then scored Boyer with a pinch hit single.

Jorden Merry started on the mound for the Huskies and improved his record to a perfect 8-0. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out five. For the Cougars Davis suffered the loss to drop to 5-3. He gave up two runs on one hit in only one third of an inning. Most of the Huskies' damage, however, came against Ratigan. He went one and two thirds innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out one.

The Huskies and Cougars return to Husky Ballpark for the middle game of the Apple Cup of baseball on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. Top Stories