Oct. 8, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Paul Gran belted two home runs to lead Crimson to a 5-4 victory over Gray in the first game of the 2007 Cougar Baseball World Series at Bailey-Brayton Field Monday night.
Gran's first dinger came off Gray senior starter and loser Jayson Miller (0-1) with freshman Garry Kuykendall aboard in the top of the third inning. The shot to left center capped a three-run frame and staked Crimson to a 3-0 advantage. The rally opened with a single by sophomore Cody Bartlett followed by a sacrifice bunt from freshman Brody McCormack. Kuykendall plated Barlett with a double just inside the bag at first for a 1-0 lead.
Crimson led 3-1 in the sixth innning when Gran led off with a towering home run to left. A wild pitch by reliever Jeremy Johnson later in the inning increased the Crimson lead to 5-1.
Freshman Matt Argyropoulos (1-0) gave up one run in four innings on the mound for Crimson to earn the victory in the seven-inning game. Freshman Eric Maupin recorded the final four outs to pick up a save.
Trailing 5-1, Gray rallied for three runs in its half of the sixth off senior reliever Andrew Davis. With one out, freshman J.R. Roland doubled down the left field line. After freshman Shea Vucinich struck out, freshman John Desmarais reached when Davis booted a dribbler up the first base line and Roland advanced to third.
A balk by Davis scored Roland and a walk to junior Alex Burg brought the tying run to the plate. After Davis fell behind 2-0 to sophomore Michael Weber, Maupin came in and promptly completed the walk to Weber to load the bases. Freshman Ryan Peterson delivered a two-run single to cut Gray's deficit to 5-4, but Maupin froze sophomore Matt Fanelli on a 3-2 fastball to end the threat.
Gray had a final chance in the seventh inning when Roland singled and Vucinich reached on an error with two outs. However, Maupin induced a ground ball to shortstop by Desmarais that ended the game.