March 9, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Mike Wagner retired all 15 batters he faced, one of five Cougar pitchers to combine on a two-hit shutout, as Washington State University defeated Chicago State, 8-0, Thursday night to gain a doubleheader split at Bailey-Brayton Field. Earlier in the afternoon Jonathan Kohn went the distance for Chicago State in a 6-5 victory.
With the split WSU moves to 15-4 on the season while Chicago State goes to 2-5.
Wagner dominated the Chicago State hitters in his five innings of work, striking out the first seven batters he faced as he improved to 2-2 this year. He recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts, allowing just one ball to get out of the infield. In all the Cougar staff fanned 14 batters on the game as Nick Cebula and Travis Webb each had two. Cougar pitchers retired the first 20 Chicago State hitters before back-to-back singles from Roc Latino and Andy Pazsko accounted for the only two hits.
WSU scored all the runs it needed in the first as Jay Miller and Travis Coulter each reached base, then came home on Jared Prince's two-run single. A pair of sacrifice flies accounted for the next two WSU runs, one each from Prince and Zach Franklin.
In the bottom of the seventh WSU broke the game open with four more runs. Jay Miller brought one in with a double to right followed by a two-run single off the bat of Jim Murphy. Jeff Miller's deep shot to center brought home Prince with the final run of the game.
In the day's first game, Kohn threw his first complete game of the season and Preston Pires' sacrifice fly in the ninth brought home the go-ahead run in the 6-5 win. It marked the only Chicago State win over the last four games between these two teams.
With the score tied at 5-5 in the ninth and a runner on first, Luke Grow drew a one-out walk. On the pitch, Brian Wright was running and catcher Mike Gilbert's throw to second skipped into center field, allowing Wright to move to third. Pires then drove a sacrifice fly to right, bringing home Walker with the winning run.
For the second straight game Chicago State jumped out first, putting up two runs in the first, courtesy of three hits. WSU answered in the bottom of the inning as Jay Miller led off with a single and scored on Prince's double to right.
WSU added two runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Greg Lagreid had a double off the wall in right, scored on an error then Matt Thomas' sacrifice fly to center brought home Simi Reynolds. Chicago State tied it in the third on a one-out, RBI single to center from Pazsko, his second RBI of the game.
WSU starter Nick Ison worked the first three innings before giving way to Jayson Miller. After giving up a leadoff single in the fourth, Miller retired eight in a row before a leadoff walk to start the seventh. In that seventh inning Chicago State took a 5-4 lead as Preston Pires lined a two-run single through the left side, scoring John Torres and Luke Grow.
Kohn settled down after the first two innings. He retired 12 of 13 batters before allowing a two-out walk to Jeff Miller in the sixth. Miller stole second then came around to score an error by Grow. Jay Miller's RBI single to left scored Thomas to tie the game at 5-5 after seven innings.
Josh Williamson, who came on for Jayson Miller in the seventh, suffered the loss as he worked 2.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit. At the plate Jay Miller had a pair of hits to lead WSU.
WSU is next in action Monday when it begins play at the Johnny Quik Classic, hosted by Fresno State University, at Fresno, Calif. The Cougars open against Bucknell with a 1 p.m. first pitch.