March 31, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - In a game that took two days to complete following a partial light outage Thursday night, Washington State University received a strong performance from Jared Prince while Simi Reynolds and Paul Gran added three hits each as the Cougars defeated No. 14 Arizona State, 6-1, in the Pacific-10 Conference series opener at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, Preston Paramore had three RBIs as the Sun Devils scored the final five runs in an 8-3 victory to gain the split.
Following Friday's contests the Cougars move to 21-8 on the season, 3-2 in Pac-10 action. Arizona State goes to 22-8 overall, 1-1 in conference play.
In the game Thursday night, play was suspended with two outs in the top of the third when for the second time on the evening, a partial bank of lights along the first base side went out. At the time Prince had limited the Sun Devils to just one hit as WSU held a 1-0 lead thanks to Greg Lagreid's RBI single in the second that scored Jim Murphy.
When play resumed Friday, Prince returned to the mound and continued where he left off. He worked into the seventh inning, exiting after walking Sun Devil leadoff batter Willy Fox. Prince went six-plus innings, allowing one run on four hits as he went to 4-0 on the season. He fanned two and walked two, his first walks in 25 innings this season. Steve Kost came on and promptly induced Seth Dhaenens to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Kost then retired Preston Paramore on a fly to deep center to get out of the inning.
WSU took a 5-0 lead following a four-run fifth inning. Two hits, two hit batters, a pair of walks and two errors led to the four runs. Jay Miller drove in the first with a single to center that scored Paul Gran. One out later and with the bases loaded, Reynolds had a single through the left side to bring home Zach McAngus for the five-run lead.
Arizona State got on the scoreboard in the sixth as Colin Curtis drilled a one-out home run over the right field fence to account for the Sun Devils only run. Travis Coulter added an insurance run for WSU in the eighth with a two-out single to right that scored Gran.
For the game Reynolds and Gran each had three hits while Kost picked up his first save of the season. Curtis had a pair of hits for the Sun Devils, including his second home run of the season. Daryl Arreola suffered the loss to move to 1-1 on the season. Arreola worked two innings Thursday night but did not throw when the game resumed Friday.
In the nightcap WSU jumped out early with an unearned run in the first. Coulter reached on a one-out error by Sun Devil second baseman Eric Sogard. Two batters later, Prince drove him home with a double to the wall in left.
Arizona State took its first lead of the series in the fourth. A two-out walk to Brett Wallace got things going as it was followed by three straight hits by the Sun Devils. Singles from Sorgard and Rocky Laguna sandwiched around a double by Paramore accounted for the runs.
In the fifth WSU chased Sun Devil starter Matt Trink by putting up two runs. With one out, Gran double to left which was followed by RBI singles from Coulter and Jay Miller. Prince then lined the first pitch he saw to left and that was all for Trink, who went 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. Brady Martinez came on with one out and runners and first and second before striking out his first two batters to get out of the jam.
The Sun Devils added singles runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth, and then broke it open with two runs in the ninth. Ryan Sontag's two-run single to left gave ASU an 8-3 lead and closed out the scoring.
Cougar starter Mike Wagner suffered the loss as his record falls to 3-4 this season. Wagner, who allowed four runs on seven hits, was the first of six Cougar pitchers in the game. Offensively, Prince had three hits for WSU while Jay Miller added two. With Miller's three hits on the afternoon, he moved into second place on the Cougar all-time hits list with 274.
These same two teams conclude their three-game series Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.