April 29, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Zach McAngus had three hits, including his third home run of the season, as Washington State University defeated USC, 13-7, in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars improve to 28-16 with the win, 6-8 in conference play while the Trojans fall to 24-21, 10-7 in Pac-10 play.
WSU pounded out 15 hits on the afternoon resulting in 13 runs, the most by a Cougar team in conference action since a 13-3 win over California to end the 2004 season.
USC jumped out to the early lead as with one out and a runner on second, Cyle Hankerd homered down the left field line for the 2-0 lead.
After retiring the first seven batters he faced, Trojan starter Tommy Milone gave up a one-out single to Zach McAngus in the third. That started a string of seven straight Cougars to reach base, the first six via singles. Paul Gran, Jay Miller and Jared Prince all had RBIs, with Miller driving in two on his first hit of the series. Still in the third and with runners at the corners, the Cougars executed a double steal with Jay Miller coming home with the fifth run of the inning.
In the top of the fifth USC tied the game as four singles sandwiched around a walk brought home three runs. Daniel Perales had the first RBI then Hector Estrella singled through the right side to bring home two more. The Cougars regained the lead in the bottom of the inning by batting around. WSU sent 10 men to the plate, scoring five runs. Jay Miller, Prince and Jeff Miller each had RBI hits that were followed by a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Simi Reynolds. Gran's sacrifice fly to deep center brought home Jeff Miller to make it 10-5, WSU.
The Trojans cut into the Cougar lead in the sixth with two runs as Hankerd had an RBI double and Frost a sacrifice fly that brought home Blake Sharpe. That was as close as the Trojans came as WSU added another run in the seventh on Travis Coulter's sacrifice fly to center, scoring McAngus to make it 11-7. McAngus then closed out the scoring with a two-run home run in the eighth, capping a three-hit day with a deep blast over the left field fence.
Wayne Daman Jr. worked into the fifth for WSU, allowing five runs on eight hits. Steve Kost came on with two runners on and induced Darin Vieira into the 4-6-3, inning-ending double play. Kost picked up his first win of the season with his one inning of work. Jeremy Johnson and Jayson Miller combined for the final three and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Milone suffered his first loss of the season, giving up nine runs on 10 hits as his record falls to 7-1. At the plate Hankerd had three more hits, including his ninth home run of the season, to go with three RBIs. Darin Vieira, Matt Cusick and Lucas Duda added two hits each.
These two teams conclude their weekend series Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.