May 14, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Travis Coulter collected three hits while Wayne Daman Jr. earned his first win in almost two months as Washington State University defeated Arizona, 9-3, in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday evening at Kindall Field.
The Cougars improve to 32-18 overall, 8-9 in conference play, and even the three-game series at one game apiece. The Wildcats fall to 22-26 on the season, 7-10 in Pac-10 play.
WSU scored in six of its nine innings, marking the scoreboard in their first three and final three at-bats, as it never trailed in the contest.
Wayne Daman Jr. started on the mound for the Cougars and went six strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out four. Daman improved his record to 6-3 this season as he earned his first win since a 10-2 victory over Lafayette, Mar. 15, at Fresno, Calif.
The Cougars jumped out early with a run in the first, although it could have been more. A walk and two hits loaded the bases with no outs against Arizona starter Brad Mills. Paul Gran came home with the game's first run when Jared Prince hit into a double play then a Jim Murphy strikeout ended the Cougar rally.
The lead was extended to 2-0 in the second when Jeff Miller drilled a one-out triple to right-center then came home on Greg Lagreid's double to the same spot. Two more runs in the third pushed it to a 4-0 lead as Murphy collected hit first hit of the series, a two-run single to center scoring Coulter and Jay Miller.
In the fifth the Wildcats cut the deficit to one as Colt Sedbrook connected for a two-out, three-run home run over the wall in center, making it a 4-3 Cougar lead. It proved to be the only damage against the Cougar pitching staff all night.
WSU regained a three-run lead in the seventh courtesy of one hit, a hit batter and three walks, all off Wildcat freshman reliever Daniel Schlereth. With the bases loaded and one out, Zach McAngus and Scott Suttmeier each drew walks sandwiched around an out, pushing the lead to 6-3 and ending the night of Schlereth.
The Cougars added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth as Prince and McAngus each had RBI singles. Paul Gran started things off with a double and came around on Prince's single to right. Coulter closed out the scoring for WSU in the ninth with a single through the right side, bringing home Lagreid who had reached on his second double of the night.
Prince's hit in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying Coulter for the current team lead as the freshman second baseman also extended his hitting streak to 15 on his first at-bat. The streak ties Jay Miller for the longest of the season as Miller opened the year by hitting in the first 15 games.
Mike Wagner came on in the seventh for WSU and worked the final three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two for his first save of the season.
The Cougars collected 12 hits in the game as every player had at least one. Coulter led the way with three, along with two runs scored and an RBI. Lagreid had a pair of doubles while Murphy and McAngus each drove in two.
Sedbrook and Bill Rhinehart each had two hits for the Wildcats, part of a 10-hit attack. Mills suffered the loss as he fell to 5-5 this season after allowing four runs in six innings.
These same two teams conclude their three-game series Monday afternoon. First pitch is set for noon.