Rubin Records Six Hits in WSU 13-3 Victory
March 11, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Senior Kaeo Rubin went 6-for-6 as the Washington State baseball team defeated Northern Colorado 13-3 in its home opener of the season at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday. Rubin's six hits ties a school record for hits in a game set in 1907.
Starter Jimmy Freeman (5-0) earned the win for the Cougars (11-8) throwing six innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out nine. With the victory, WSU is now 6-0 when the redshirt senior gets the start on the hill. Also seeing mound time for the Cougs was Steve Kost, Nick Cebula and Dane Renkert. All three relievers all saw one inning of action, allowing no runs.
"It was a good game," said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "They scored two runs early but Jimmy (Freeman) did a good job settling down and posting zeros the next couple of innings."
Craig Ayers (0-4) took the loss for the Bears (3-12), going only 1.2 innings, giving up five runs, all earned, on six hits.
For the afternoon, Rubin hit five singles and a double, driving home five runs and scoring two. Rubin led off the Cougars' half of the first inning with his only extra-base hit of the game. The right fielder then hit run scoring singles in the second, third, fourth and eighth innings. The Spanaway native's runs came in the second and the eighth.
"We played good defense and swung the bat well," added Marbut. "Anytime you have a guy go 6-for-6, you're going to score some runs. Overall it was just a good game."
Northern Colorado posted the first runs of the game in its first inning. Ryan Symons recorded the first hit of the game and then was plated with a double by John Ray. Ray was then brought home by Brad Baker, to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead. The only other UNC run would be scored in the fifth inning on a solo shot to right center by first baseman Phil Delich.
WSU sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring five of them with six hits including a run-scoring triple by Grant Alexander. During the inning, Zach Kosturos hit a single through the right side to extend his current hit streak to 11 games.
After leading off the fourth with a single, WSU's Brady Everett scored on a single through the left side by Murphy, for his third hit of the day. Murphy then scored on a double by Alexander who was then plated on a Rubin single. Alexander would finish the game going 3-for-5 only being a home run short of hitting for the cycle.
Freshman Jayson Miller will get the start for the Cougs Saturday when they take on Northern Colorado for the second game of the three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field at 1 p.m.
UNC 200 010 000 - 3 7 1 WSU 052 300 03X - 13 19 0 Craig Ayers, John Costanzo (3), Aaron Kelly (4) and John Ray, Jason Sator (6). Jimmy Freeman, Steve Kost (7), Nick Cebula (8), Dane Renkert (9) and Brady Everett, Trent Smith (7). W - Freeman (5-0). L - Ayers (0-4). Save - None. HR - Delich. T - 2:33. A - 601. UNC Hits - Symons, Delich, Baker 2, Brockman, Clark. WSU Hits - Rubin 6, Everett 2, Kosturos, Franklin, Murphy 3, Alexander 3, Jeff Miller, Suttmeier, McClure. E - Troxell. 2B - Ray, Rubin, Muprhy, Alexander. 3B - Alexander.--www.wsucougars.com--
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