May 21, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Cole Gillespie drove home four runs to lead a 13-hit Beaver attack as Oregon State posted a 13-3 victory over Washington State in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Following the loss the Cougars fell to 34-21 overall, 9-12 in conference action. Oregon State swept the three-game series to improve to 38-13 on the season, 15-6 in Pac-10 play.
In the first Gillespie put the Beavers ahead with a two-run home run to left, scoring Darwin Barney who walked to open the game. A Bill Rowe home run in the second made it 3-0 then Gillespie tripled and later scored in the third to extend the lead to 4-0.
WSU put its first two runners on in the sixth as Jay Miller singled to right and Jared Prince walked. That prompted a pitching change by Oregon State as Eddie Kunz came on for Mike Stutes. Kunz got a fly out to deep left then an inning-ending double play to erase the Cougar threat.
Three more runs in the Oregon State seventh pushed the lead to 7-0. Chris Kunda and Gillespie had back-to-back, RBI doubles and John Wallace added an RBI single. The Beavers closed out the scoring with five runs on the ninth as Gillespie lined a two-run double and Mitch Canham, Shea McFeely and Rowe added RBIs.
WSU scored all its runs in the eighth when Prince connected for a two-out double down the right field line. Jim Murphy then brought him home with an RBI single to center. Following a pitching change that brought in Kevin Gunderson, Zach McAngus greeted the Beaver lefty with a two-run shot over the center field wall to cap the three-run inning.
McAngus and Scot Suttmeier each had two hits, part of the Cougars' 10 hits on the afternoon. McAngus' home run was his sixth of the season. On the mound, Prince started for WSU and suffered the loss as he went three innings, allowing four runs on four hits. Travis Webb, Steve Kost and Nick Cebula all worked in relief for the Cougars.
Stutes picked up the win for OSU, throwing five shutout innings on four hits with three strikeouts. Offensively, Barney, Gillespie, Canham, Kunda and John Wallace each had two hits while Gillespie connected for his team-leading 10th home run of the season.
Prior to the game the Cougars honored five seniors in a brief ceremony. Grant Alexander, Reese Baker, Zach Franklin, Jay Miller and McAngus were all recognized for their contributions to Washington State University. The highlight of the ceremony came when Zach Franklin proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Alea Conlin, on the mound after she threw out the first pitch.
The Cougars will conclude their 2006 home schedule Monday evening when they host Lewis-Clark State College at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.