Feb. 18, 2007
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Nick Ison and Steve Kost allowed just three singles and the Cougars used a five-run fifth inning to break the game open as Washington State University defeated Cal State Northridge, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
The victory gives WSU the series win as it improves to 2-1 while the Matadors fall to 8-6.
Ison, the senior right-hander who was limited to six starts in 2006 before season-ending surgery, was masterful as he worked five innings of no-hit ball in his 2007 debut, walking two and striking out one.
After not allowing a base runner until the fourth, Ison hit Jason Dabbs to lead off the fifth. One out later, Dabbs came around to score an unearned run on a throwing error by shortstop Paul Gran. The run came across without the benefit of a hit and stood as the only Matador run of the day. Kost came on in the sixth and worked four scoreless innings of relief. The junior lefthander allowed three singles while striking out one to earn his first save of the season.
The three hits by the Matadors marked the lowest offensive output by a Cougar opponent since Mar. 9, 2006, when WSU pitchers held Chicago State to a pair of singles.
"Nick did a great job today of throwing strikes and letting his defense do the work," said WSU head coach Donnie Marbut. "Then Kost came in and shut them down the rest of the way. We got a few big hits in the fifth and were able to come away with the series win."
Offensively, WSU did not get a hit until the fourth but then had all it needed in a five-run fifth. The Cougars sent 10 men to the plate in the frame, with the first six batters reaching base. Run-scoring singles by four different Cougars, along with an unearned run, gave WSU a 5-0 lead. WSU added a single run in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Cal State Northridge had a rally going in the ninth as it loaded the bases with one out before Dabbs, who had five hits Saturday, grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.
The Cougars collected 10 hits on the afternoon as Jeff Miller and Zach Borba led the way with two each. Miller, Borba, Jared Prince, Jim Murphy and Josh Ashenbrenner all had RBIs on the afternoon while Borba scored a pair of runs, It was the second straight day WSU had double-digit hits after collecting 18 Saturday in a 12-10 win. Ison finished his afternoon allowing just one unearned run with one strikeout in his five innings of work.
Amiel Traynum led the way at the plate for Cal State Northridge with two hits while Daniel Limbrick had the other Matador single. Edwin Quirarte suffered the loss as he went 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with one strikeout.
WSU continues its six-game, season-opening road trip this Friday when it visits No. 14 Texas in Austin. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., PST.
Washington State 000 050 100 - 6 10 1 Cal State Northridge 000 010 000 - 1 3 2 WP - Nick Ison (1-0). LP - Edwin Quirarte (1-2). Save - Steve Kost (1). WSU - Nick Ison, Steve Kost (6) and Greg Lagreid. CSUN - Edwin Quirarte, Eric Billings (5), Bobby Paschal (7) and Joe Murray-Thornton, John Parhham. HR - None. WSU Hits - Jeff Miller 2, Zach Borba 2, Ryan Krauser, Paul Gran, Jared Prince, Jim Murphy, Simi Reynolds, Cody Bartlett. CSUN Hits - Amiel Traynum 2, Daniel Limbrick. E - Gran, Shelton, Belanger. 2B - Bartlett. 3B - None.