The Cougs Take Banana Belt Tournament, Improving to 11-3
March 7, 2004
Washington State won both games of a double header Sunday, beating Gonzaga 9-3, and Lewis-Clark State 10-1, to sweep all four games of the Banana Belt Baseball Tournament at Harris Field. The Cougars captured the tournament championship for the 19th time in the Banana Belt's history.
The four tournament wins extended WSU's winning streak to six and improved its record to 11-3.
"The keys to today's wins were our players making the plays that needed to be made," WSU Head Coach Tim Mooney said. "We made defensive stops when we needed to regain control of the game, and made some big hits when we needed to break the game open."
In the first game, the Cougars defeated Gonzaga (5-9), behind the pitching efforts of Aaron Trolia (2-0). Dane Renkert (1) earned the save for the Cougs, pitching four scoreless innings. Taking the loss for the Zags was started Ed Clelland (0-2), who worked six innings and allowed eight runs.
Freshman Wayne Daman Jr. (1-1), started the second game for WSU against Lewis-Clark State College and earned the win, pitching five innings and only allowing one run. Kyle Allen (2-1) took the loss for the Warriors, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing four earned runs and six hits.
WSU clinched the tournament championship in the seventh inning of the game against LSCS when Zach McAngus singled to put the Cougars ahead 2-1. Following a Warrior pitching change, four consecutive WSU batters were hit by pitches resulting in two runs. Zach Kosturos and Kaeo Rubin scored the last two runs of the inning on a LCSC fielding error. The Cougs added four more runs in the ninth with a two-run double by Grant Richardson and sacrifice flies by J.J. Burress and Justin McClure.
Against Gonzaga, the Cougars took an early 1-0 lead in the second when Zach McAngus hit an RBI single to score Jeremy Farrar. Gonzaga tied up the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth. In the sixth, the Cougars added to their total when Farrar led off the inning with a solo home run. The Cougs recorded four more unearned runs in the inning. WSU capped its scoring with a run in the ninth when Collin Henderson scored on a sacrifice fly by Grant Richardson.
McAngus went 5-for-7 in the two games with a double and two RBI. Jay Miller went 4-for-6 in the twin bill with a double and three RBI. In the tournament McAngus hit .636, going 7-for-11, while Miller went 8-for-13 for a .615 average. In the four tournament games, the Cougar pitching staff held opponents to a .189 batting average, while maintaining a 2.04 ERA.
The Cougars will return to Harris Field, Monday for an exhibition game at 11 a.m. against the University of British Columbia. WSU will look to maintain its winning streak Saturday, March 13 against Oral Roberts at the Yellow Book Classic in Malibu, Calif.
WSU 010 025 001 9 7 1 GONZAGA 000 102 000 3 6 5 Aaron Trolia, Dane Renkert (6) and Brandon Reddinger. Ed Clelland, Nate Williams (7), Eric Everson (8) and Kiel Thibault. W - Trolia (3-0). L - Cleland (0-2). Save - Renkert (1). HR - Farrar (1), Johnson (1). T - 2:33. A - 140 WSU Hits - Rubin, Ja. Miller 2, Farrar, McAngus 3. Gonzaga Hits - Rundle, Reding, Johnson, McGinness, Sinner 2. E - McClure (3), Rundle (3), Reding (2), McGinness 2 (7), Clelland (1). 2B - None. 3B - None.
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