March 7, 2009
HOUSTON - Oral Roberts tallied a pair of unearned runs in the third inning and the Golden Eagles made them stand up in a 2-1 victory over Washington State, Saturday at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Rice Classic.
For the second-straight day in the tournament, the Cougars (3-7) did not yield an earned run in a 2-1 loss. Jared Prince (0-1) was the tough-luck loser after going seven innings and giving up just four hits.
Oral Roberts (6-2) scored twice in the bottom of the third inning on an error, sacrifice bunt, back-to-back singles, and a sacrifice fly.
Washington State, which had a man on in every inning but the eighth, took advantage of some wildness by the Golden Eagles to pick up a run in the seventh. With two outs, freshman Derek Jones, senior Greg Lagreid and junior Michael Weber walked to load the bases. After a passed ball allowed Jones to come home, senior Alex Burg walked to load bases again. However, sophomore Ryan Peterson bounced into a force out to end the inning.
The Cougars were 1-for-15 with runners on base, including 0-for-8 with men in scoring position, and stranded 13 runners.
"Jared Prince pitched great for us today, but we did not give him enough offensive support," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "When you get that kind of pitching and receive 10 walks from the opponent, you have to win and today we didn't do that."
Washington State will take on Notre Dame in the final game of the tournament for both schools, Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific.
Senior Jared Prince's seven innings of work matched the longest outing of his career (vs. Bucknell, March 13, 2006)...junior Michael Weber had three hits to match his season total coming into the game.