May 6, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Paul Gran had a career-high five hits and Ross Humes tied a school record with his 10th save as Washington State defeated Stanford 8-6 in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars (22-21, 5-12) scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to break open a 6-6 tie as they defeat Stanford (19-25, 4-13) for the first time in Pullman since the 1971 season, a stretch of 10 games.
Stanford tied the game in the top of the eighth as Sean Ratliff laced a single to left, scoring Ryan Seawell. The lead was short lived as the Cougars answered with two in the bottom of the frame to close out the scoring. Simi Reynolds lined a pinch-hit off the wall in right, scoring Travis Coulter for the 7-6 lead. One out later, Greg Lagreid drove home Gran for the two-run cushion.
Humes came on in the ninth and fanned Brian Juhl to end the game. It marked Humes 10th save of the season, tying Reed Rainey for the top spot on WSU's single-season list.
Stanford opened the scoring with two runs in both the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead. In the first a single and a pair of hit batters loaded the bases for Adam Sorgi, who doubled down the left field line, driving in two runs. In the second Brendan Domaracki accounted for both runs on a two-run single up the middle.
The Cougars got one run back in the third when Gran laced a single to right, scoring Matt Fanelli from second. Washington State put up three runs in the fourth as Zach Borba drove in two with a triple to the gap in right-center. Coulter then plated Borba with a soft single to right, cutting the Cardinal lead to 5-4. The Cougars tied the game in the fifth as Gran led off with a solo home run to center, his third home run of the season, cutting the Cardinal lead to 5-4.
Both starting pitchers were done by the sixth inning as Ison worked through five innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts. Cardinal starter Jeremy Bleich was chased with two outs in the fourth as he surrendered four runs on six hits while striking out three.
The Cougars took their first lead of the game in the sixth as Gran's two-out single drove home Cody Bartlett from second, giving WSU a 6-5 lead.
Gran finished his afternoon 5-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Coulter added three hits and Borba had two with two RBIs. Nick Cebula picked up the win as he entered in the eighth and retired the only batter he faced. Cebula was one of five Cougar pitchers as the four relievers allowed just one run on two hits over the final four innings.
Sorgi led Stanford at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Domaracki added two hits and three RBIs. Nolan Gallagher, who entered in the sixth, suffered the loss as he allowed three runs on five hits in addition to hitting four batters.
These same two teams conclude the three-game series Monday afternoon from Bailey-Brayton Field with first pitch scheduled for noon.
WSU BASEBALL Stanford 220 100 010 - 6 9 1 Washington State 001 311 02x - 8 13 2 WP - Nick Cebula (1-0). LP - Nolan Gallagher (3-6). Save - Ross Humes (10). STAN - Jeremy Bleich, David Stringer (4), Nolan Gallagher (6) and Jason Castro WSU - Nick Ison, Jeremy Johnson (6), Steve Kost (8), Nick Cebula (8), Ross Humes (9) and Greg Lagreid STAN Hits - Adam Sorgi 3, Brendan Domaracki 2, Joey August 2, Sean Ratliff, Cord Phelps WSU Hits - Paul Gran 5, Travis Coulter 3, Zach Borba 2, Greg Lagreid, Simi Reynolds, Jeff Miller E - Gran, Miller, Phelps. 2B - Reynolds, Miller, Lagreid, Sorgi 2. 3B - Borba. HR -Gran