Late Homer Sends Cougars to Victory

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Cody Bartlett's two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning lifted No. 23 Washington State to an 8-6 win over Kansas State on Friday night in the 2010 NCAA Fayetteville Regional.

The second-seeded Cougars (35-20) rallied from a 6-3 deficit with three runs in the seventh, then took the lead on Bartlett's shot to left-center off K-State reliever James Allen. It was the first home run allowed by Allen (5-1) this season.

Bartlett led Washington State by going 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Derek Jones and Matt Fanelli added two hits apiece.

Four Wildcats recorded two hits, including Jake Brown, who drove in a team-high two runs.

The loss spoiled a solid performance from Kyle Hunter, who recorded his longest outing since March 13 against Kent State. The sophomore left-hander went 6.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, but two of the runs were scored after Hunter exited the game. The sophomore allowed just one walk and struck out six batters, including four in the first two innings.

Trailing 3-1, No. 3-seed Kansas State rallied in the sixth as Daniel Dellasega was hit by his 27th pitch of the season to lead off the frame, extending his single-season school and Big 12 record. After a strikeout, a fly out, a wild pitch and a walk put runners on the corners, Chase Graskewicz singled to right field to pull the Cats to within one at 3-2.

Graskewicz stole second base during Brown's at-bat. On a full-count pitch, the Wildcat second baseman singled up the middle to give the Cats a 4-3 advantage.

The Wildcats add another two runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Carter Jurica and Mike Kindel to push their lead out to three.

But Washington State would not go away as the Cougars plated three in the seventh inning. After Hunter struck out the first batter of the inning, next two batters reached and the Cats went to the bullpen to bring in Evan Marshall.

On Marshall's very first pitch, Fanelli doubled down the left-field line to score two. After a ground out, pinch-hitter Garry Kuykendall crushed a triple into the right-center field gap to tie the game at six apiece before Bartlett's eighth-inning homer.

K-State tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning as a leadoff walk and a two-out hit-by-pitch put the tying run on first. But Adam Conley forced a ground out to pick up his 12th save of the season and send the Cougars to a 7:05 p.m. contest against Arkansas in the winner's bracket on Saturday.

Reliever Connor Lambert (5-1) picked up the win as he recorded the final out of the eighth.

Kansas State will face an elimination game against fourth-seeded Grambling State on Saturday. First pitch from Baum Stadium is set for 2:05 p.m., and can be heard throughout the state of Kansas on the K-State Sports Network. Live streaming video of the game is also available at www.ncaa.com.