March 8, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sonny Garza's RBI single capped a three-run eighth inning and lifted San Jose State to a 6-3 win over Washington State Thursday evening in the first of a three-game series at Municipal Stadium.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 6-5 on the season while the Spartans improve to 11-5.
Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the eighth, the Cougars put up two runs as Scott Suttmeier's sacrifice fly scored Zach Borba, who had started the inning with a double to left-center. Paul Gran followed with an RBI double to center, scoring Travis Coulter and tying the game at 3-3.
The Spartans answered in the bottom of the frame as Karson Klauer led off with a double and one out later came home on Donato Giovanatto's RBI double. Back-to-back singles followed, the last by Angel, to extend San Jose State's lead to 6-3. Scott Sobczak started the ninth on the mound for the Spartans and sent down the Cougars in order for his fifth save of the season.
It was a scoreless game through three innings as neither Cougar starter Wayne Daman Jr. nor Spartan starter Josh Amberson allowed a hit in that time. San Jose State jumped on the board first with solo home runs by Giovanatto and Marcus McKimmy in the bottom of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. WSU cut the lead in half in the sixth as Jared Prince's two-out, RBI single up the middle scored Suttmeier.
In the bottom of the sixth the Spartans added another run as Ryan Angel connected for the first of his two doubles on the night, scoring Kyle Bellows.
Daman worked six innings on the night, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six. Michael Ratigan came on in the seventh and worked the final three innings, suffering his second loss of the season as he allowed three runs on four hits. Offensively, Prince led the way with two of the Cougars' six hits on the night.
Angel and McKimmy each had two hits to lead the Spartans, with both players driving in a pair of runs. Amberson worked six innings, allowing one run on two hits before giving way to Corey Cabral to start the seventh. In all four Spartan pitchers worked on the night, with Sobczak getting the save.
Game Two of the series will be played Friday evening at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., PST.
Washington State 000 001 020 - 3 6 2 San Jose State 000 201 03x - 6 8 1 WP - Greg Shannon (2-0). LP - Michael Ratigan (1-2). Save - Scott Sobczak (5). WSU - Wayne Daman Jr., Michael Ratigan (7) and Greg Lagreid. SJSU - Josh Amberson, Corey Cabral (7), Greg Shannon (8), Scott Sobczak (9) and J. Santich-Hughes. HR - Donato Giovanatto, Marcus McKimmy. WSU Hits - Jared Prince 2, Travis Coulter, Paul Gran, Greg Lagreid, Zach Borba. SJSU Hits - Ryan Angel 2, Marcus McKimmy 2, Karson Klauer, Kyle Bellows, Sonny Garza, Donato Giovanatto. E - Suttmeier, Borba, Bellows. 2B - Gran, Borba, Klauer, Angel 2. 3B - None.