Rainbows Edge Cougars 10-9 In 10 Innings
Feb. 27, 2005
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Jay Miller continued his torrid hitting against Hawai'i with three hits Saturday, but it wasn't enough to keep the host Rainbows from pulling out a 10-9 win over Washington State in the tenth inning of their non-conference baseball game at Les Murakami Stadium.
The host club took advantage of Cougar (6-7) relief pitcher Nick Cebula's (1-2) inability to throw strikes in the tenth to tally the winning run. Darrell Fisherbaugh (1-0), the fourth Hawai'i (7-4) hurler picked up the win after entering the game with one out in the eighth inning. He did not allow a hit and struck out five of the nine Cougar batters faced.
In the tenth, leadoff hitter Joe Spiers drew a walk from Cebula, who then hit Troy Hanzawa. Matthew Inouye sacrificed the runners to second and third and Luis Avila followed with his second hit of the game, a timely single to right field that allowed Spiers to trot home with the winning run.
Jay Miller, who has hit .600 against Hawai'i in three games, collected three singles, scored once and drove home two runs in WSU's six-run sixth inning. Zach Kosturos also had a big hit in the sixth, sending three runners home with a double in the right field gap.
"We battled back offensively in the sixth," said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "We did a good job keeping the ball on the ground and putting up six runs to regain the lead."
WSU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning when Rubin led off the game with a single. Two batters later Brady Everett collected his fourth home run of the season, a blast that cleared the right field fence. Matthew Thomas drove home WSU's third run with a triple to right center in the second inning that staked starting pitcher Travis Webb to an early 3-0 lead.
Webb worked 2.1 innings and gave up five walks, four hits and six runs. Matt Oye worked into the sixth inning and allowed five hits and two runs, but neither were earned. Eric Dingwall then went 2.2 innings and allowed one hit and one run before Cebula took over to start the ninth inning. He had little trouble in the ninth, facing just three batters, but the tenth frame was a different story.
"Our pitching got off to a rough start," added Marbut. "We didn't throw enough strikes early on in the game."
Hawai'i scored two runs in the second and then took the lead with a four-run rally in the third inning Trailing 9-6 after WSU's outburst in the sixth inning, the host club pulled to within one run with two scores in the sixth, then drew even with the Cougars with one tally in the seventh.
Isaac Omura collected three hits for Hawai'i, while Spiers, Avila, Schafer Magana and Ryan Asato each had three hits. Spiers, Magana and Jose Castaneda each drove home two runs for the Rainbows.
The two teams wrap up their four-game series Sunday with a single game at 3 p.m. PST.
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