Feb. 26, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Zach McAngus connected for a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning as Washington State University rallied from a four-run deficit for a 7-6 victory over the University of San Francisco at the River City Classic Sunday at Hornet Field.
With the win the Cougars improve to 10-2 on the season and capture the River City Classic tournament title by going 4-0 on the weekend. USF falls to 4-9 overall.
USF opened the scoring in the third inning, putting up four runs on three hits. Bases-loaded walks by Cougar starter Reese Baker brought home two runs then Stefan Gartrell's two-run single to left accounted for two more.
The Cougars answered in their next at-bat. Five straight singles to open the inning produced three runs. With the bases loaded, Jeff Milled lined a single to left, scoring Jay Miller and Paul Gran. Jim Murphy followed with a single up the middle, scoring Jared Prince as WSU cut the lead to 4-3.
Gartrell led off the fourth for USF with a home run to left, ending Baker's afternoon as Jayson Miller came in to pitch, retiring the first six batters he faced. WSU answered with a single run in the fifth when Paul Gran scored from second on a throwing error by Dons third baseman Joey Railey.
With two outs in the eighth, Murphy and Kimbrel drew back-to-back, two-out walks, setting the stage for McAngus. Battling from an 0-2 count, McAngus lined a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left, his second home run on the weekend.
Four Cougar relievers combined for six innings of one-run relief in the contest. Nick Cebula came on with one out in the eight and recorded his first save, receiving a fine defensive play from Travis Coulter behind second base for the final out.
Offensively, Jay and Jeff Miller each had two hits, as did Simi Reynolds, while McAngus led the team with three RBIs. Josh Williamson, who struck out the only batter he faced, picked up the win for WSU.
Jeff Gordon, who surrendered McAngus' home run, suffered the loss after relieving Dons starter Patrick McGuigan, who worked seven and 2/3 innings. Offensively, nine different players recorded one hit for USF.
After a 12-game road trip to open the 2006 season, the Cougars get to play at Bailey-Brayton Field Thursday when they begin play in the Banana Belt tournament by hosting Chicago State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.