March 18, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Jared Prince drove in five runs and Washington State University banged out 21 hits as the Cougars defeated Gonzaga, 15-3, in the first game of Saturday's Johnny Quik Classic doubleheader at Beiden Field. In the nightcap, Geoff Orr had four of the Redhawks' 15 hits as Miami (Ohio) defeated the Cougars, 9-7.
With the split the Cougars move to 18-6 on the season. Gonzaga fell to 13-10 while the Redhawks improved to 6-8.
In the day's first game, the Cougars scored single runs in the first, third and fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. In the fifth WSU got to Bulldog starter Patrick Donovan, who two weeks earlier fired a three-hit shutout at the Cougars. With the bases loaded and one out, Zach McAngus doubled to right center, scoring Travis Coulter and Jay Miller. Jim Miller followed with a two-run single up the middle. After an intentional walk to Jeff Miller, Nick Hall capped the inning with a single to right, scoring Murphy.
After Gonzaga got a run back in the sixth, WSU sealed the win with a seven-run ninth inning. The Cougars strung together nine hits in the frame, including two by Prince who drove in three for the inning and five in the game. Coulter, Prince, McAngus and Jeff Miller each finished the contest with three hits.
On the mound Jayson Miller picked up his first win this season as he worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. After Matt Way worked two innings, Nick Cebula and Travis Webb each worked a perfect frame to close out the game.
In the nightcap, the Redhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second before the Cougars tied the game in the fourth. Prince led off the inning with a double in the left field gap and scored on a McAngus single cutting the Miami lead to 2-1. A walk and two consecutive fielder's choice plays allowed McAngus to score to make it 2-2.
In the fifth WSU held its only lead as Paul Gran led off with a double then scored on a double play groundout. Miami answered in its half of the inning, scoring two runs. The Redhawks added three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to take a 9-3 lead as WSU entered its final at-bat.
In the ninth RBI singles by Coulter, Jay Miller, and a two-run single from McAngus cut the lead to 9-7. But with two outs and runners at first and second, the Cougar rally ended with a groundout to end the contest.
Mike Wagner starter for WSU and suffered to loss as his record falls to 2-3. Wagner went six innings, along four runs on three hits. Reese Baker, John Williamson and Travis Webb all worked in relief. Jay Miller, Prince and McAngus each added a pair of hits in the game.
WSU is next in action Saturday when it begins Pacific-10 Conference play at Stanford. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.