May 15, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Travis Webb threw three and 1/3 innings of one-hit relief while Jay Miller's seventh-inning single scored Travis Coulter with the eventual winning run as Washington State defeated Arizona, 6-5, in the Pacific-10 Conference series finale Monday afternoon at Kindall Field.
Following the victory the Cougars improved to 33-18, 9-9 in conference action. With the 9-3 victory Sunday, it marks the first time since the 1998 season WSU has won consecutive conference series as it also took two of three against USC, Apr. 28-30. Arizona fell to 22-27 overall, 7-11 in Pac-10 play.
Webb entered the game with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning. He retired the first four batters he faced before allowing his only hit, a single to left to start the eighth. After a sacrifice, Webb got out of the inning by striking out the next two hitters. He sent the Wildcats down in order in the ninth as he improved to 4-0 this season and lowered his ERA to 1.48.
For the third time in the series the Cougars scored first, taking advantage of two errors to put up five runs in the first inning. Facing Wildcat starter David Coulon, WSU batted around in the inning as Paul Gran led off with a single. Jim Murphy and Greg Lagreid each had RBI singles while Zach McAngus and Scott Suttmeier also drove in runs. Following Lagreid's single, Matt Baugh came on in relief of Coulon to get the Wildcats out of the inning.
Arizona answered in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Brad Boyer lined a double to left then scored on Jason Donald's single to right. Jon Gaston also scored on Bill Rhinehart sacrifice fly to center on which Suttmeier saved at least one run with a diving catch. Colt Sedbrook's two-out, RBI single in the second and T.J. Steele's RBI single in the third cut the Wildcat deficit to one at 5-4, entering the fourth.
After two scoreless innings, the Wildcats drew even in the sixth as Boyer led off with his third double of the day then scored on Donald's two-out single.
Baugh held the Cougar bats in check as he limited WSU to just two hits over his first five and 1/3 innings, retiring 13 straight Cougars at one point. Travis Coulter ended the drought with a one-out triple to center. Jay Miller followed with a single to right, scoring Coulter and giving WSU a 6-5 lead, which Webb made stand up.
Offensively WSU pounded out 11 hits, two each by Coulter, Jay Miller, Murphy and McAngus. Coulter improved his WSU season-long hitting streak to 16 games while Jay Miller inched closer to 300 career hits, finishing the game with 298.
In all the Cougars used six pitchers on the afternoon. Jared Prince started and went two innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Jayson Miller, Jeremy Johnson, Steve Kost and Josh Williamson all threw for the Cougars before giving way to Webb, whose three and 1/3 innings was his longest stint of the season.
Baugh kept the Wildcats in the game as he went six and 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits before giving way to Mike Colla with one out and a runner on second. Baugh suffered the loss as he record fell to 1-1. Boyer had three hits, all doubles, to lead Arizona, while Donald and Steele each had a pair of hits.
There is no rest for the Cougars as they play their fourth game in as many days Tuesday at Gonzaga. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.