March 26, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington State University offense pounded out 17 hits while five pitchers combined for eight innings of four-hit relief as the Cougars rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Stanford, 8-5, in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.
With the win the Cougars defeat Stanford for the second consecutive day and improve to 2-0 in conference play, 20-6 overall. The Cardinal falls to 11-9 and 0-2 in Pac-10 action.
For the second straight day the Cougar pitching staff came up big, this time with the help of five relievers. After starter Nick Ison allowed four runs in the first, Jayson Miller started the second and worked four innings, allowing two hits and one run. Josh Williamson started the sixth and surrendered one hit over the next two innings as Miller and Williamson retired 14 straight Cardinal hitters at one point.
"This was the best game we have played all year," said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "It's unreal how our bullpen responded today. Coach (Gregg) Swenson did a great job of managing those guys today. It was an unreal performance and I couldn't be happier."
WSU opened the scoring in the first as Zach McAngus singled home Jay Miller, who started the rally with a two-out double to left. Stanford answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Two hits and three walks off Ison helped the Cardinal take its first lead of the series.
The Cougars tied the game in the second as Jim Murphy and Ryan Krauser had back-to-back hits to open the frame. A balk and sacrifice fly pushed the first two runs across before Jared Prince's RBI single scored Greg Lagreid with the tying run.
Stanford took its final lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Chris Lewis, but the rest of the day belonged to the Cougars. WSU scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to take a 6-5 lead, both courtesy of Jay Miller. In the fourth Miller singled home Paul Gran with the tying run then put WSU on top in the sixth with a double to right that against scored Gran.
Jeff Miller added an insurance run in the eighth as his single through the left side scored Gran, who after scoring three runs, drove one home in the ninth with a double to left that delivered Krauser from second to close out the scoring.
Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Krauser each had three hits on the afternoon, with Jay Miller and Gran each driving in two. Jayson Miller picked up his second with of the season against zero losses as he registered three strikeouts in his four innings of work.
Michael Taylor collected two of Stanford's six hits Sunday, adding an RBI and run scored. Nolan Gallagher, who worked 4 2/3 innings in relief for starter David Stringer, suffered the loss to fall to 2-1.
These same two teams conclude their three-game series Monday morning at Sunken Diamond. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.