Feb. 18, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jimmy Crider and Mark Veneri each had three hits and Christopher Campbell drove in three runs as Hawaii-Hilo avoided the series sweep with a 7-5 victory over Washington State University Saturday afternoon at Wong Stadium.
With the loss the Cougars see their five-game winning streak snapped and fall to 6-2 on the season. The Vulcans improve to 3-11 overall.
As it had in each of the first three games, WSU jumped out early, scoring two first-inning runs. Simi Reynolds led off the game with a triple to right-center and scored on Jay Miller's ensuing double down the line in left. Miller came home one out later on an error by Crider. The Cougars increased the lead to 3-0 in the fifth as Jeff Miller doubled home Matt Thomas, who led off the inning with a walk.
In the bottom of the fifth the Vulcans scored four runs to take their first lead of the series. A Cougar error to lead off the inning, followed by five singles and a walk gave Hilo the 4-3 lead. WSU answered in the sixth to tie the game as Greg Lagreid singled through the left single to score Garrett Kimbrel.
The Vulcans answered immediately with a three-run sixth inning as Campbell hit a two-run double then came around to score on Veneri's RBI double to right-center. WSU added a single run in the seventh courtesy of a fielding error by centerfielder Kyle Correia, allowing Jared Prince to come home with the Cougars' final run.
Cougar starter Mike Wagner suffered his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in his five 1/3 innings of work. Zach Bird came on in the sixth, allowing just one hit while striking out six the rest of the way. Offensively, Jay Miller led the way with three more hits Saturday, increasing his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season. Miller also moved into seventh place on the Cougars' all-time hits list with 234.
Clayton Uyechi picked up the win for Hilo after going the final three and 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on two hits. Vulcan starter Eddie Gutierrez went the fist five 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
WSU is next in action Thursday when it begins play at the River City Classic at Sacramento, Calif. The Cougars face Portland to open the tournament with the first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m.