WSU Splits A Doubleheader During Day One Of Tournament
March 3, 2005
LEWISTON, Idaho - The Washington State baseball team opened the Banana Belt Tournament splitting a doubleheader Thursday at Harris Field. In the first game, the Cougars were victorious over Gonzaga 9-0, but then fell to Utah Valley State in the second game 6-4.
WSU (8-8) starter Jimmy Freeman (4-0) earned the win in the first game, throwing seven innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits, while striking out seven. The Cougars have yet to lose a game this season when Freeman gets the start on the mound. The win also marked the fifth time this season that WSU has won the opening game of a series. Taking the loss for the Zags (6-4) was Alan Cannell (0-1), who worked five innings and allowed nine runs.
"Jimmy got off to a great start and pitched his best game of the season," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "In the first game, we had solid offense, solid defense and solid pitching. We did everything we need to do well in order to win."
In the afternoon game, Travis Webb (0-2) took the loss against Utah Valley State (5-6). Webb pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs, five earned. Also seeing mound time for the Cougars was Jayson Miller (0-2). Miller threw 4.2 innings of perfect ball while striking out nine Wolverines. Utah Valley State's Jed Jenson (2-2) earned the win, going seven innings while allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Against Gonzaga, the Cougars posted two runs in the second when Brady Everett scored on a wild pitch and Zach McAngus scored on a ground out by Grant Alexander. WSU added a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Jeff Miller that scored Everett and McAngus. The Cougs scored the final five runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a two-run double by Kaeo Rubin and run-scoring singles by Scott Suttmeier and Jason Freeman.
In the second game, Utah Valley State posted five runs in the first inning before the Cougars were able to record an out. The five runs came following two singles, a double, a walk and a hit batter. In the top of the fifth, the Wolverines scored their sixth run when Reno Mendenhall scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Hales.
WSU posted two runs in the bottom of the seventh when, following a double to right by Jason Freeman, freshman Jim Murphy hit a two-run shot to center for his first homer of the season. In the eighth, Zach Kosturos led off the inning with another home run to center for his first long ball this year. One batter later, Everett went yard for the fourth time this season, with a solo shot to center. The Cougars' rally ended there, stranding runners on the corners.
Matt Oye (0-0) will make his first start of the season for WSU Friday, when the Cougars play their third game of the Banana Belt Tournament against Portland at 4 p.m. at Harris Field.
Game 1 Gonzaga 000 000 000 - 0 5 1 WSU 020 205 00X - 9 11 0 Alan Cannell, Shawn Wayt (6), Bobby McEwen (8) and Kiel Thibault. James Freeman, Dustin Willis (8) and Brady Everett. W - Freeman (4-0). L - Cannell (0-1). Save - None. HR - None. T - 2:22. A - 75. Gonzaga Hits - Brennan, Holcomb 2, Hibbitts, Ayala. WSU Hits - Rubin, Jas. Freeman, Kimbrel, Everett 2, McAngus 2, Franklin, Je. Miller 2, Suttmeier. E - Cannell. 2B - Rubin. 3B - None.
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