March 25, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. - Jeff Miller's two-out, two-run home run down the left field line capped a three-run eighth inning and propelled Washington State University to a 7-1 victory over Stanford in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams Saturday evening at Sunken Diamond.
With the win the Cougars improve to 19-6 on the season while Stanford falls to 11-8. The victory also matches last season's conference win total for WSU and snaps a 23-game Stanford winning streak in the series dating back to March 28, 1978. Before Saturday, the last time WSU won at Stanford was a 5-3 victory, May 1, 1971.
The Cougars broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth as Travis Coulter scored from third on Cardinal starter Greg Reynolds' wild pitch..With Zach McAngus on first base via a walk, Jeff Miller came to the plate and connected for his fifth home run of the season.
That was all the support the Cougar pitching staff needed. Junior Mike Wagner picked up his third win of the season as he went seven strong innings, scattering five hits, all singles, and one run while striking out two. Steve Kost came on in the eighth to strikeout both batters he faced before giving way to Nick Cebula. Cebula went the final 1 1/3 innings, picking up his second save of the season.
After taking a 4-1 lead in the eighth, the Cougars added three insurance runs in the ninth. Freshman Jared Prince had the big hit, a two-run single as the first four Cougars reached base in the inning.
WSU jumped out first with an unearned run in the second. McAngus reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning. After stealing second, he scored on Jim Murphy's single down the left field line. That lead held up until the fifth when Stanford scored its only run of the game on Joey August's one-out single to left, bringing home Jason Castro.
For the game WSU pounded out 11 hits, two each from Jay Miller, Jeff Miller, Murphy and Ryan Krauser. Krauser, a junior who spent last season at Lower Columbia College, was seeing his first action in a Cougar uniform after missing the first 24 games with an elbow injury. Jeff Miller and Prince each had a pair of RBIs while Coulter and McAngus each scored twice.
Jason Castro had three of Stanford's seven hits on the night and scored its only run. Reynolds suffered the loss as he allowed four runs on eight hits in his 7 2/3 innings of work. Reynolds saw his record fall to 1-2.
These same two teams continue their three-game series Sunday at Sunken Diamond. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.