May 19, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jayson Miller worked a strong 8 1/3 innings and Jim Murphy and Jeff Miller each drove in three runs as Washington State defeated UCLA 10-5 in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The win was the second straight for the Cougars over the Bruins and matched the conference win total from last season with one game remaining. The Cougars have won the first two games of the series and will be looking for their first conference sweep of the season Sunday.
Miller's performance marked the second consecutive outstanding pitching effort by WSU following Wayne Daman Jr.'s complete game 5-1 victory Friday afternoon. Saturday, Miller held the high-powered Bruins to three runs through eighth innings before giving up two in the ninth before departing with one out. Miller finished the game with his third straight win to improve to 5-2 on the season. He allowed five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.
WSU opened the scoring in the first with three runs. Simi Reynolds had an RBI single and Murphy followed with a two-run single. The lead was pushed to 5-0 in the third as Jared Prince led off with a walk and Jeff Miller followed with his team-leading eighth home run of the season.
UCLA cut the lead to 5-2 in the fourth as Jermaine Curtis led off with a single and scored on Cody Decker's double to left. Gabe Cohen then singled home Decker, one of three hits on the afternoon for Cohen.
The Cougars continued their offensive attack as Prince led off the fifth with a home run to left then singled home Travis Coulter in the sixth. Coulter reached on a double that scored Zach Borba as WSU led 8-2 entering the seventh.
The Bruins added a run in the eighth on Alden Carrithers sacrifice fly and two more in the ninth courtesy of four singles. After the third single, Nick Cebula relieved Jayson Miller and after giving up an RBI single to Casey Haerther, Cebula got a fly out and groundout to end the game.
Prince, Murphy and Jeff Miller each had two hits while Miller and Prince also scored twice.
The Bruins were led by Cohen's three hits and Haerther added a pair of single. On the mound Bruin starter Tim Murphy suffered the loss after going 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Murphy's record falls to 4-3.
These same two teams conclude their series Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field with a scheduled noon first pitch.
WSU BASEBALL UCLA 000 200 012 - 5 10 0 Washington State 302 012 11x - 10 12 1 WP - Jayson Miller (5-2). LP - Tim Murphy (4-3). Save - None. UCLA - Tim Murphy, Charles Brewer (6) and Ryan Babineau. WSU- Jayson Miller, Nick Cebula (9) and Mike Gilbert. UCLA Hits - Gabe Cohen 3, Casey Haerther 2, Jermaine Curtis, Cody Decker, Brady Dolan, Ryan Babineau. WSU Hits - Jared Prince 2, Jeff Miller 2, Jim Murphy 2, Simi Reynolds, Mike Gilbert, Zach Borba, Travis Coulter, Ryan Krauser, Paul Gran. E - Jayson Miller. 2B - Gran, Murphy, Coulter, Krauser, Jeff Miller, Borba, Decker. 3B - None. HR -Jeff Miller, Prince