April 21, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - Washington State University set a school record with 26 hits, including at least one from every starter, as the Cougars defeated Northern Colorado, 22-7, in the opening game of the nonconference series Friday afternoon at Jackson Field.
Following the win the Cougars improved to 24-15 on the season while the Bears fell to 14-23.
The 26 hits break the previous mark of 25, set twice during the 1999 season in back-to-back games against New Mexico State, Feb. 14-15. It also marks the most runs scored by a Cougar team since putting up 22 in a 22-10 win at New Mexico State, Feb. 14, 1999.
WSU never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a five-run second inning. Mike Gilbert, who led the way with four hits on the afternoon, drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI single through the left side. Jay Miller and Jared Prince also added RBIs in the frame. Northern Colorado answered in its half of the second, scoring four runs. Chad Clark drove in two with a double to right while Zach Brockman and Seth Tartler also drove in runs.
In the third, WSU put up five more runs on six hits, chasing Bear starter Chris Johns from the contest. The Cougars added another run in the fourth and five more in the sixth to take a commanding 17-6 lead. In the sixth, Miller connected for his third straight double, driving home Ryan Krauser.
Single runs in the seventh and eighth, followed by a three-run ninth closed out WSU's offensive attack as the Cougars scored in eight of the nine innings. In addition to Gilbert's four hits, to go with his four RBIs and two runs scored, Jay Miller had three doubles while Prince, Krauser and Paul Gran each added three hits. In all, 13 different players registered hits for WSU.
On the mound Mike Wagner picked up his fourth win of the season, going five innings while allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits. Ross Humes worked the final four innings, surrendering one run on four hits to earn his first save of the year.
Northern Colorado had 12 hits on the game, led by Clark's three, to go with his three RBIs. Johnson suffered the loss as he allowed nine runs on 10 hits in two and 2/3 innings of work.
These same two teams continue their three-game series Saturday afternoon at Jackson Field. First pitch is set for noon, PDT.