Everett Extends Hit Streak To 18 Games In 8-6 Loss To No. 12 Stanford
April 3, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Washington State's Jay and Jeff Miller combined for six of the Cougars 11 hits in Sunday's 8-6 loss, as WSU was unable to avoid a three-game Pacific-10 Conference sweep by No. 12 Stanford at Bailey-Brayton Field.
WSU (15-17, 0-6 Pac-10) reliever Travis Webb (0-3) took the loss for the Cougs after going two innings on the mound, allowing two runs on two hits. Sophomore Nick Cebula started his third game of the season, pitching 2.2 innings. Jayson Miller, Brett Sommer and Eric Dingwall also saw time on the hill for the Cougars.
"We obviously had a better effort today than the rest of the weekend," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We had some strong forces out of the bullpen. We just have to sharpen things up in order to win more ballgames but we can't cry about it, we just have to come out and play Tuesday."
Blake Holler (5-0) earned the win for the Cardinal (17-9, 3-0 Pac-10), allowing no runs on two hits over 2.1 innings of relief action. Matt Leva started on the hill for Stanford, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits.
Brothers Jay and Jeff Miller combined for 10 hits during the series against Stanford. Jay, the older brother, led Cougar regulars with a .545 average for the series and is now batting .368 for the season. The younger Miller hit .364 during the conference series with four hits, a run scored and two runs batted in.
After trailing 5-3, the Cougars rallied in the seventh inning to go-ahead of the Cardinal 6-5, but Stanford scored two runs in the eighth to take the lead for good. It was the first time in the weekend series that WSU had control of the lead.
The Cardinal posted single runs on the board in the first four innings of the game. Jed Lowrie drove home runs in the first and fourth with a ground out and a sacrifice fly. Stanford's runs in the third and fourth innings came on doubles by Chris Lewis and John Mayberry Jr. Stanford also posted a lone run in the sixth with Lowrie's second sacrifice fly of the game to plate Jim Rapoport.
WSU scored its first runs in the second with back-to-back run-scoring hits by Jason Freeman and Jay Miller. The Cougs posted another run in the fifth inning to bring the score to 4-3. Kaeo Rubin scored lone run in the fifth on Jay Miller's third single of the afternoon.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Cougar catcher Brady Everett extended his current hit streak to 18 games with a double to score Jay Miller. Jim Murphy then plated Everett with a double to right. During the next at-bat Murphy scored on a fielding error.
Stanford scored two runs in the eighth to bring the score to 7-6. Rapoport, who singled to reach base, scored the first run when Chris Minaker grounded out. Adam Sorgi scored the winning run on a infield single by Mayberry Jr.
WSU threatened to regain the lead in the eighth inning, but after loading the bases with a single, a walk and a hit batter, the Cougars left the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Cardinal posted an insurance run in the ninth inning to finalize the score at 8-6. The final run of game came on Rapoport's fourth hit of the day that plated Lewis, who reached base with a two out double.
The Cougs return to action Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game when they take on regional foe Gonzaga at Avista Stadium in Spokane at 3 p.m. WSU resumes Pac-10 action next weekend, hosting No. 10 Arizona for a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field.
STAN 111 101 021 - 8 12 2 WSU 002 010 300 - 6 11 1 Matt Leva, Greg Reynolds (5), Blake Holler (7) and John Hester. Nick Cebula, Jayson Miller (3), Travis Webb (6), Brett Sommer (8), Eric Dingwall (8) and Brady Everett. W - Holler (5-0). L - Webb (0-3). Save - None. HR - None. T - 3:17. A - 289. STAN Hits - Sorgi, Minaker, Mayberry Jr. 2, Hester, Taylor, Lewis 2, Rapoport 4. WSU Hits - Rubin, Jas. Freeman, Jay Miller 3, Everett, Murphy 2, Je. Miller 3. E - Minaker, Taylor, McAngus. 2B - Mayberry Jr., Lewis 2, Rapoport, Jas. Freeman, Everett, Murphy. 3B - None.
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