Cougars Fall To No. 12 Cardinal 14-5
April 1, 2005
Pullman, Wash. - - The Washington State baseball team remained scoreless until the sixth inning in its 14-5 loss to No. 12 Stanford Friday night in the first game of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Stanford (15-9, 1-0 Pac-10) starting pitcher, Mark Romanczuk (5-3) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings of work. Nolan Gallagher was credited with the save for the Cardinal, throwing three innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out three batters.
Jimmy Freeman (6-2) took the loss in his ninth start of the season on the mound for the Cougars (15-15, 0-4 Pac-10). Freeman allowed seven runs on 11 hits in four innings of work. Travis Webb, Brett Sommer and Dustin Willis also saw action out of the bullpen for WSU.
Stanford scored early and often throughout the game. The Cardinal posted three runs in the first inning before using three singles and a double, including a two-run single to center by Michael Taylor. Taylor finished the game going 4-for-5, driving home three runs with three doubles and his run-scoring single.
The Cardinal scored four more runs over the next five innings, taking a 8-0 lead. Stanford posted single runs in the second, third and sixth innings. The runs came on a sacrifice fly by Jed Lowrie in the second, a single in the third by Jim Rapoport and a sacrifice groundout in the sixth by Ryan Seawell. In the fourth inning, the Cardinal posted a pair of runs on a Taylor double and a single by Chris Lewis.
WSU scored its first runs of the game in its half of the sixth inning to bring the score to 8-3. Zach Franklin plated two runs with a double and Jeff Miller grounded out to score Zach McAngus in the sixth.
Stanford added to its lead with a pair of runs of its own in the seventh. Following a pair of walks to Lowrie and John Mayberry Jr., John Hester hit a single up the right side to score Lowrie. Chris Lewis then sacrificed to plate Mayberry.
The Cougars scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Brady Everett extended his current hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring single up the middle in the seventh to score Jason Freeman. In the eighth, WSU scored its final run on a balk by Gallagher.
The Cardinal scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Stanford scored three runs on a one-run single to left center by Mayberry and a two-run home run to right field by Adam Sorgi. The final Cardinal run came in the ninth inning when Rapoport hit a triple to score Lewis, who led off the inning with a two-base hit.
WSU and Stanford will play the second game of the weekend series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field. Sophomore Wayne Daman Jr. (4-1) is expected to get his eighth start of the season on the mound for the Cougs.
STAN 311 201 231 - 14 20 1 WSU 000 003 110 - 5 10 0 Mark Romanczuk, Nolan Gallagher (7) and John Hester. Jimmy Freeman, Travis Webb (5), Brett Sommer (7), Dustin Willis (9) and Brady Everett. W - Romanczuk (5-3). L - Freeman (6-2). Save - Gallagher (2). HR - Sorgi (3). T - 3:26. A - 612. STAN Hits - Minaker 2, Sorgi 3, Lowrie 2, Mayberry 3, Hester 2, Taylor 4, Lewis 2, Rapoport 2. WSU Hits - Jas. Freeman, Ja. Miller 2, Everett, Murphy 2, McAngus, Franklin 2, Kosturos. E - Sorgi (4). 2B - Minaker, Sorgi, Lowrie, Mayberry, Taylor 3, Lewis, Ja. Miller, Murphy, Franklin. 3B - Rapoport.www.wsucougars.com
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