March 7, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jared Prince collected five of the Cougars' season-high 23 hits while also picking up his second win of the season as Washington State University defeated Chicago State, 20-4, Tuesday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the win WSU improved to 14-3 overall while Chicago State falls to 1-4.
Unlike last Thursday when WSU posted a 16-0 shutout over Chicago State, the midwestern Cougars opened the scoring with a three-run first. Following a two-out error and hit batter, John Torres sent a triple off the wall in center, clearing the bases. Randy Bernosky followed with a double to right to score Torres. WSU answered in the bottom of the first when Prince singled through the left side to bring home Jay Miller. That was the first of eight straight WSU runs over the next three innings.
WSU tied the game in the second after RBI singles from Travis Coulter and Jay Miller. Five more runs in the third pushed it to an 8-3, WSU lead. Simi Reynolds had the big blow, a three-run double while Garrett Kimbrel added an RBI single.
Prince, who earned his second start of the season for WSU, worked the first four innings to pick up his second win of the season in as many starts. After the three-run first, he settled down and retired nine of the next 11 batters he faced, striking out four. Reese Baker came on in the fifth and went the next four innings, allowing one run on six hits. Travis Webb worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Chicago State got one run back in the fifth when Bernosky's infield single with the bases loaded scored Chris Goya. WSU then broke it wide open with a six-run fifth. Reynolds added his first home run of the season leading off the sixth, a deep shot down the line in right. It was one of four hits on the night for the Cougar sophomore. WSU closed out the scoring with four runs in the eighth as the Cougars posted season-highs in runs (20) and hits.
In addition to Prince and Reynolds, five other Cougars had multi-hit nights, including three from Coulter, while Kimbrel had two hits, two runs and three RBIs.
Chicago State was led by Andy Pazsko's three hits, while Torres and Bernosky each had two hits and two RBIs. On the mound, Chicago State used four pitchers on the night, with starter Colin Marshall suffering his second loss of the season. Marshall allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in his four and 1/3 innings of work.
These same two teams continue their series with a Wednesday afternoon game at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.