April 22, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - Jared Prince capped a five-run ninth inning with his third home run of the season as Washington State rallied for a 10-7 victory over Northern Colorado in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field.
The win was the second straight over Northern Colorado and pushed the Cougars to 25-15 for the season. The Bears fell to 14-24.
Trailing 7-5 entering their final at-bat, the Cougars had two hits to open the inning. Following a sacrifice and a walk to load the bases, Travis Coulter singled through the right side, bringing home Jeff Miller and Zach McAngus to tie the game. One out later, Prince cleared the bases with a home run to left field, giving the Cougars their first come-from-behind win of the season when trailing entering the ninth inning.
Travis Webb, the fifth Cougar pitcher of the day, came on in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Northern Colorado led early as Brennan Garr hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. WSU answered in its next at-bat as Prince led off with a triple then scored on Jim Murphy's home run to left, his sixth of the season, tying him with Jeff Miller for the team lead.
After the Bears took a 3-2 lead in the third, WSU grabbed its first lead of the day in the sixth with a pair of runs. After a two-out single by Prince, Murphy doubled to right, scoring Prince and tying the game at 3-3. Paul Gran then doubled down the left field line, scoring Murphy for the 4-3 lead. Scott Suttmeier's sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed the lead to 5-3, but Northern Colorado responded in the bottom of the inning.
The Bears put together five hits, all singles, and took advantage of a bases-loaded walk, to regain the lead at 7-5, setting the stage for Prince's heroics in the ninth.
Matt Way started on the mound for the Cougars, working the first two innings. Jayson Miller, who in his three previous appearances allowed just two hits in 9.0 innings, gave up four runs on nine hits Saturday while striking out four. Josh Williamson, the fourth Cougar pitcher of the day, came on in the seventh with the bases loaded and walked his first batter, bringing home the final run. Williams then induced Zach Harris to hit into the inning-ending double play to keep it a two-run game. Williamson picked up the win as he worked an inning and 2/3 to move his record to 2-2.
Offensively the Cougars connected for 13 hits Saturday following Friday's school-record 26-hit performance. Prince led the way with four hits Saturday, driving in three and scoring three. Murphy also drove in three runs and scored a pair while Miller and McAngus also had two hits.
Northern Colorado had 17 hits on the afternoon, four from Seth Tartler and three each from Chad Clark and Garr. Garr suffered the loss as he came on to start the ninth for the Bears. He allowed five runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.
These same two teams conclude their three-game series Sunday morning at Jackson Field. The game has been moved up one hour and will begin at 10 a.m., PDT.