Feb. 11, 2006
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Junior Nick Ison threw five scoreless innings of relief while Travis Coulter had three hits and three runs scored as Washington State University rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat host Charleston Southern Saturday evening in second-day action at the Buccaneer Baseball Classic.
With the win the Cougars improve to 2-1 on the season while the Buccaneers fall to 1-5.
After Coulter scored on a wild pitch in the first to put WSU up 1-0, the Buccaneers answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Smart led things off with a double and came around to score on a Cougar error. A sacrifice fly followed by a John Mark Cleaveland RBI single pushed the lead to 3-1. It moved to 4-1 in the second when Anthony Hayes brought home Smart on an RBI single.
The Cougars erupted for a five-run fourth inning, taking advantage of three hits and two Buccaneer errors to take the lead for good. With one out, Jim Murphy and Jared Prince lined back-to-back singles. One out later, catcher Mike Gilbert cut the lead in half with an RBI single to left field. The Cougars then scored three more runs on a bases-loaded walk, a balk and an error by Anthony Brown at shortstop for a 6-4 advantage.
In the sixth the lead grew to 8-4 as Jay Miller lined a one-out double to left, scoring Coulter and Gilbert. WSU added its final run one inning later on Gilbert's bunt single that scored Garrett Kimbrel.
Following the Cougars' big fourth inning, Ison came on in relief of starter Matt Oye and shut down the Buccaneers. Making his Cougar debut, Ison worked five innings of one-hit ball, striking out five with no walks as he picked up the win. Travis Webb came on to pitch the ninth, allowing one run on one hit while striking out three.
Offensively, Coulter led a 12-hit Cougar attack with three singles and three runs scored, while Gilbert added two hits, two RBIs and two runs. Murphy and Price each added two hits for WSU.
Charleston Southern used five pitchers on the evening, with Payton Tweddale taking the loss as he faced three batters, allowing two runs without the benefit of an out. No Buccaneer batter had more than one hit as WSU pitchers limited CSU to five hits in the contest.
"We got off to a bit of a rough start, trailing 4-1 after two innings," said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "But Matt Oye settled in and starting throwing better and Nick Ison came in and shut the door."
WSU will face No. 10 Missouri in Sunday's Buccaneer Classic championship game. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST).