WSU's Offense Falters In 4-0 Loss To OSU
March 15, 2003
PASCO, Wash. -- - Washington State's Tony Banaszak went the distance with a five hitter but Oregon State did all the scoring in a 4-0 win over WSU in the Larry Barnes Classic Saturday at Tri-City Stadium. WSU won the first game of the two-game series with an 8-6 win Friday.
Banaszak (0-5) struck out two and walked two in his best outing of the season, but the Cougar (4-15) starter remains winless despite allowing just two earned runs. In six starts by Banaszak, WSU has been shut out three times and scored just seven runs for the big Cougar left-hander, five of them in one game.
Stephen Copeland (2-2) picked up the win for Oregon State (10-10), working six innings while allowing three hits and no walks. He struck out two. Jon Koller notched his third save of the year while throwing the final three innings. Koller struck out two, allowed two hits, and also did not issue a walk.
The Beavers scored all the runs they needed in the second inning, pushing three runs across the plate. OSU's first run was earned when Ian McMullen's sacrifice fly to center scored Andy Jarvis, who opened the inning with a single up the middle.
Then, with two out and the bases loaded, Kerisi Reynolds grounded to short, but Derek Bruce's throw to first for the inning-ending out bounced in the dirt and two additional Beaver runs scored.
OSU added a fourth run in the fifth on a bizarre play at the plate. Chris Kunda opened the inning with a triple to the wall in left center. With Reynolds at the plate, Banaszak uncorked a wild pitch, but the ball bounced back toward catcher Brandon Reddinger, who retrieved it and flipped to the Cougar pitcher at the plate. Banaszak appeared to have Kunda out, but his tag missed the Beaver second baseman, who reached around the WSU pitcher and touched the plate with his left hand
WSU's offense consisted of Jeremy Farrar's leadoff single in the first inning, but two outs later he was picked off first. Reddinger had a one-out single in the third and Jay Miller a single in the sixth, but in both cases Cougar runners were stranded at first. In the ninth, Miller led off the inning with a double into the left center gap, but Koller retired the next three Cougar batters to end the game.
The Cougars continue their road trip next Monday and Tuesday with single games against the Portland Pilots in Portland. From there WSU travels south to open Pacific-10 Conference play at California in a three-game weekend series.
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